Stopping Gun Violence Is a Religious Issue – Sign Our Petition!

Stopping Gun Violence is a Religious Issue. 

Seattle faith leaders say now is the time for focused action. 

Sign the Gun Violence Petition Here!

Seattle faith leaders gathered at Temple De Hirsch Sinai recently to urge a moral response to those killed in the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. They asserted that preventing gun violence is not only a political matter but also a solemn religious obligation, and that the only appropriate religious response is sustained moral outrage and focused moral action until something substantial is accomplished in Congress and in our Washington State Legislature.

That day, they signed a petition. You, too, can sign a petition now.

“We understand that preventing gun violence is not a simple matter and that honest, well-intentioned people will differ on exactly what measures are required,” said Rabbi Daniel Weiner at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, “but we must make a start. We ask our elected officials to put the welfare of our children and the safety of our citizens ahead of partisan concerns and enact substantive gun violence preventative measures in 2013.”

Faith leaders who signed the original petition include: Rabbi Daniel Weiner, Temple De Hirsch Sinai; Rev. Dr. Sandy Brown, First United Methodist Church; The Very Reverend Michael G. Ryan, St. James Cathedral; Bishop Greg Rickel, Diocese of Olympia Episcopal Church USA; Rev. Leslie David Braxton, Sr. Pastor, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship; Tripat Singh, Gurudwara Singh Sabha of Washington; Eugene Cho, Lead Pastor, Quest Church; Rev. Paul Benz, Faith Action Network; Dr. Michael Kinnamon, Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry; and many more…

“We understand that preventing gun violence is not a simple matter and that honest, well-­intentioned people will differ on exactly what measures are required,” said Rabbi Daniel Weiner at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, “but we must make a start. We ask our elected officials to put the welfare of our children and the safety of our citizens ahead of partisan concerns and enact substantive gun violence preventative measures in 2013.”

“We need to do more than just wring our hands about terrible things that happen,” said Fr. Michael G. Ryan, pastor of St. James Cathedral. “These things happen in a society that we are all part of, a society that we have the power to influence and to change—maybe not in big ways, but certainly in real ways,” he said.
“If we are honest about whether or not we are doing enough to protect children, the answer is no,” said Bishop Greg Rickel of the Diocese of Olympia. “There have been 181 shootings at schools across the United States since Columbine. We are getting used to it, and this is something we should never get used to.”

There are no words in the sacred Scriptures of the Christian, Jewish, or Islamic traditions that either oppose common sense gun violence preventative measures or support any right to automatic weapons that fire 100 shots in a single minute.

You can view the Seattle Times coverage of our press conference.

The Seattle P.I.’s Joel Connelly wrote about the press conference.

Also, see the KIRO TV News coverage.

Contact: Jackie O’Ryan, Faith Action Network | C: (206) 300-5059 | E: oryan@fanwa.org