This is not the first time you have received a message from me after some terrible act of violence in our nation. Nor is it likely the last.
This week’s rapidity of one horrendous act of violence after the last is weighing heavy on my soul. Likely on yours, as well. Certainly, on the soul of our nation.
Gun violence of this proportion is bad enough. But the added measure of white supremacist motivations adds deeper wounds to our society. And to my heart. And likely yours.
We cannot let it become a defining trait of our nation’s soul.
Too often it can feel like there is little we can do. In case you are feeling that way, I want to offer this to you.
Last night, I took part in a nation-wide conference call for faith leaders, organized by livefreeusa.org, to address mass shootings, white terrorism, and community violence organized. There were other UU ministers on that call. Christian clergy, Jewish rabbis, no doubt other traditions were represented.
They are asking faith communities, leaders, and individuals to respond with more than “thoughts and prayers.” They had three actions.
Reach out to our U.S. senators to make sure they are supporting HR8, which provides for universal background checks for gun purchases. This bill has already passed the House. You can read HR8 by clicking here.
As far as I can tell, senators in New Jersey support this bill. But that doesn’t much matter if it doesn’t get onto the Senate floor. The organizers of the conference call said to reach out to senators in the following states to pressure them to get the Majority Leader to bring this bill for a vote.
If you know anyone in any of these states, please reach out to them. Give them this information, including the talking points below.