Laser: "When 30,000 Americans are killed each year by gun violence, we recognize our moral obligation to speak out.
Laser: "The announcement of this bipartisan amendment is a hopeful step toward eradicating gun deaths from our communities, but we will not rest until we have turned our grief into tangible action that brings safety and protection to all Americans."
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 15, 2013 -- Today, religious leaders gathered under the banner of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence to call on Congress to act swiftly to pass comprehensive legislation to address gun violence.
The shootings in Newtown broke my heart, coming as they did so close to shootings in Aurora and Oak Springs, and involving such innocent lives. However, as the healthy debate continues about gun violence, I have been triggered more by the preponderance of gun deaths that were suicides.
"We seek to bring our communities together in support of reasonable steps taken to prevent future suffering such as that endured by the bereaved and traumatized families of gun violence victims...
Laser: "The Senate's inability to pass sensible gun violence prevention legislation is both a political and a moral failure."