Bend the Arc: Urgent Call for Gun Violence Prevention
This Thursday the Senate is expected to take up gun violence prevention legislation. But this won't happen unless you and I help convince the Senators who are threatening a filibuster to instead address this crucial issue.
We first asked you to raise your voices following the horrific tragedy in Newtown. Now Bend the Arc is partnering with dozens of other groups from a broad range of faith traditions in calling on the Senate to pass gun violence prevention legislation and to make our country safer for our children.
Today, April 9th, we are coming together to make our voices heard as part of Faiths Calling. Please call your Senators now: 888-897-0174.
Let them know that you are a constituent and a member of Bend the Arc and that you are urging them to pass meaningful gun violence prevention legislation that would:
Ban semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
Make gun trafficking a federal crime
Enhance school and campus safety
Improve access to mental health services
Universal background checks are also essential to gun violence prevention and viable as a bipartisan solution:
2.1 million illegal gun buyers have been stopped by background checks - they work!
Under current federal law only licensed firearms dealers are required to conduct background checks - everyone else is free to sell guns to practically anyone without any type of check.
Universal background checks legislation cannot and will not lead to the creation of a national gun registry.
Tell your Senators to make sure that a gun violence prevention bill includes these important provisions. Call 888-897-0174 today!
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditorfor Landingham & Kaepernick, our angels in the wings
Sometimes, it isn't about nuance. Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm, calling God out, standing at the center of a whirlwind holding your ground.
No cathedral is immune to agony, no soul impervious to life itself
no nation purely noble. If it were any other way, there would be no need for cathedrals in the first place.
To kneel is to submit
to lower oneself
to step down
To kneel is to call attention
to touch the Earth's face
to listen to those
whose blood saturates
the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside
to step outside
to invite others to come closer
To kneel is not to stand
not to stand
not to stand idly by. Speak your truth, God damn it.