Following President Obama’s announcement of executive actions to curb gun violence and make our communities safer, the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is mobilizing clergy from all faith traditions to take action.
In support of the coalition, We Will Speak Out U.S. is advocating for common sense, bipartisan legislation that would close loopholes allowing convicted abusers and stalkers to buy and own guns, and we ask you to stand with us and over 400 clergy members who have signed on, as we call on Congress to protect all victims and survivors of abuse. The letter will remain open through the month of April as we attempt to reach 500 signatures, and will be followed by a National Faith Call-In Day on Domestic Violence and Guns on May 18.
H.R. 3130, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act, and S. 1520, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, would close dangerous loopholes in the law, and it is crucial that faith leaders speak up and take action. Currently, federal law prohibits some convicted abusers from buying or owning guns – but not all. Individuals convicted of misdemeanor stalking or misdemeanor domestic violence against a current or former dating partner can still legally buy and own guns.
We know that guns in the hands of abusers can quickly turn domestic violence into murder; yet the law fails to protect a growing population of victims and survivors. Closing these loopholes in the law will save lives.
Please follow the links below to sign on to the letter and stand up for the sacred right of every person to live free from violence.
Click here to read and sign the letter.
Click here for more information about the legislation and how to make the call.