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Let’s move forward together

4/9/2018, 11:26 a.m.
In the spring of 1960, I was a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta and decided to help organize the ...

The Truth About Guns shows the effectiveness of common sense gun safety laws and the benefits of restrictions that regulate guns and vigorous enforcement of existing gun safety laws. It documents the overwhelming support for common sense gun safety laws among American voters, including gun owners, and the dangers of guns in the home. Share and discuss the factsheet with your friends, family, and congregations and go see your Members of Congress while they are home on recess and contact them when they return to Washington the week of April 9. The truth will help set America free.

CDF also has updated our toolkit to support faith communities seeking to end gun violence against children. It includes a menu of suggested activities to inspire congregations to act. Please share the educational materials and incorporate them into teachings through Sunday school lessons, bulletin inserts, prayers and outreach activities. This is the time for all of us – children, parents, grandparents, educators, advocates, religious communities, and others determined to protect children, not guns – to build on and continue the activism sparked by the March For Our Lives.

The March’s messages come in a timely holy season. Passover marked the beginning of the Exodus – a community on the move seeking freedom from oppression, safety, and lives of promise for their children and families. On the Eve of his death, Maundy Thursday, Jesus told His followers who were squabbling about who was the greatest: “The greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:25-27) During this Holy Week, I end with a prayer:

O God, forgive and help us transform our rich and powerful nation where toddlers and schoolchildren die from guns sold quite legally.

O God, forgive and help us transform our rich and powerful nation, which protects guns but not children.

O God, help us never to confuse what is quite legal with what is just and right in Your sight.

Help us to stand up and speak up together, pray together and act together for as long as it takes to make America safe – to make us safe in our schools, churches, movie theaters, concerts, community centers and other places where we gather – and stop the war against our children.

Help us to make sure all our children can live the lives You want for them.

Marian Wright Edelman is the president of the Children's Defense Fund. For more information, go to http://www.childrensdefense.org.