GUEST BLOG: Episcopal Peace Fellowship on Sensible Gun Restrictions

Episcopal Peace Fellowship supports President Barack Obama’s call for sensible gun restrictions on powerful assault weapons following mass killing in San Bernardino, California

GUEST BLOG by Bob Kinney, Episcopal Peace Fellowship

Claysburg, Pennsylvania – December began like most months in recent years – another mass killing in the United States, this time inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.  

President Obama spoke from the Oval Office Sunday night – saying that “Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun.” He followed up stating Americans “also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons, like the ones that were used in San Bernardino.” However, President Obama failed to identify specific ways to make it harder.  
One day after the San Bernardino shootings, the Senate defeated the Manchin Toomey proposal to expand background checks on all gun sales. The last time this proposal was defeated was in 2013, just months after 28 lives were lost in the Sandy Hook massacre.  

"It's clear this Senate values the dollar of the NRA more than the sanctity of human life. Therefore, Episcopal Peace Fellowship urges President Obama to hear the American people's outrage and take executive action to strengthen gun laws and close deadly loopholes," said Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) executive director Allison Liles. "Until background checks are expanded to all gun sales, there is absolutely no way to prevent a person who intends to do harm from walking into a gun show or going online to buy a gun."

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