Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence
|Founded||January 17, 2011|
|Area served||United States|
|Mission||Unite faith-based organizations to confront America's gun violence epidemic and rally support for policies that reduce death and injury from gunfire.|
|Affiliations||Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence|
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence was formed on January 17, 2011, after the 2011 Tucson shooting that killed six and injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The coalition's 24 founding members wrote a letter to Congress endorsing a bill to ban large capacity ammunition magazines. The bill, H.R. 308, did not pass.
In 2012, Faiths United worked with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and other gun control groups to prevent passage of the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act.
In January 2013, Faiths United and other faith leaders wrote another letter to Congress after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In March 2013, it collaborated with the National Cathedral, PICO National Network, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns to urge new gun laws requiring background checks for all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and making gun-trafficking a federal crime.
Membership and mission
As of May 2013, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence listed 50 supporters, including Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Sikh groups. It advocates that: every person who buys a gun should pass a criminal background check; high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines should not be available to civilians; and gun trafficking should be a federal crime. Its national coordinator, Vincent DeMarco, believes the same grass-roots, faith-based strategy that beat the tobacco lobby can also defeat the gun lobby.
As of December 5, 2013 the group has been endorsed by the following 51 organizations:
- African American Ministers In Action
- African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Alliance of Baptists
- American Baptist Churches of the South
- American Baptist Home Mission Societies
- American Friends Service Committee
- Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
- Catholic Health Association of the United States
- Catholic Health Initiatives
- Catholics In Alliance for the Common Good
- Catholics United
- Church of the Brethren
- Church Women United
- Community of Christ
- Conference of Major Superiors of Men
- Disciples Home Missions, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
- Dominican Sisters of Peace
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- The Episcopal Church
- Franciscan Action Network
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
- Health Ministries Association
- Heeding God’s Call
- International Parish Nurse Resource Center
- Islamic Society of North America
- Jewish Council for Public Affairs
- Jewish Reconstructionist Movement
- Leadership Conference of Women Religious
- Mennonite Central Committee, Washington Office
- National Advocacy Center, Sisters of the Good Shepherd
- National Council of Churches
- National Episcopal Health Ministries
- National Latino Evangelical Coalition
- NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
- New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
- Pax Christi USA
- PICO National Network — Lifelines to Healing Campaign
- Presbyterian Church USA
- Progressive National Baptist Convention
- Rabbinical Assembly
- Sikh Council on Religion and Education
- Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
- Union for Reform Judaism
- Unitarian Universalist Association
- United Church of Christ – Justice and Witness Covenanted Ministry
- United Methodist Church — General Board of Church and Society
- United Methodist Church – United Methodist Women
- United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
- Women of Reform Judaism
- World Sikh Council – American Region
- Winkler, James; Blevins, Jordan et al. (January 2011). "Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence: A Letter to Congress". Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- Banks, Adelle M. (December 17, 2012). "Newtown shooting galvanizes religious gun control advocates". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- Boorstein, Michelle (January 15, 2013). "Faith leaders launch gun control push". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- Brooke, Amber (March 12, 2013). "Faith leaders urge US Congress on gun law reform in new ad [VIDEO]". Ecumenical News. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- Shaver, Katherine (March 16, 2013). "Religious leaders call for assault weapons ban, background checks on gun buyers". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- "Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence Supporters". Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- "Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence About". Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- Zopor, Patricia (January 18, 2013). "Faith groups begin to muster their members in support of gun controls". Catholic News Service. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- Supporters FAITHS UNITED TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE As of December 5, 2013 (51 endorsers)