“Pray as though everything depended on God,” said Saint Augustine. “Work as though everything depended on you.” Here are two actions, secular and sacred, that central Ohioans can take to stem the rising tide of gun violence in their communities.
H.R. 1565 (Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013) has been sent to committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation aims “to protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process.”
Check here to see if your U.S House Representative is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1565. If yes, call him or her with a word of thanks. If no, call to urge him or her to support the bill. You can reach the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
The Columbus Faith Coalition Against Violence is holding its monthly interfaith prayer service to end gun violence from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 at the St. Thomas More Newman Center, 64 West Lane Avenue. People of all faiths are invited to pray for an end to violence in Columbus, and for those who have been affected by it.