On December 14, 2012 a gunman shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children, at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Last summer, the faith community was directly touched by gun violence when a gunman opened fire at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, murdering 6 and injuring 4 others. During President Obama’s next term, 48,000 Americans – 34 Americans per day –will be murdered with guns if we do not take action.
To remember those that have been murdered by guns and to work together to prevent gun violence, we are joining with gun violence survivors from across the country to announce a Stand Up Washington March and Rally on January 13, 1:30 pm from Westlake Center to Seattle Center to call for gun legislation that will make our communities and schools safer.
- 24,000 Americans have been murdered with guns since the Tucson, Arizona shooting on January 8, 2011.
- 34 Americans are murdered with guns every day – that’s 48,000 Americans that will be killed during President Obama’s next term.
- Our nation’s gun background check system is broken because 40% of guns are sold without background checks under federal law. As a result, people with criminal records and domestic violence abusers can too easily buy guns.
- The vast majority of Americans – including 82% of gun owners – support requiring a background check for every gun sale.
- We need to limit the kind of military-style weapons – including high-cap magazines – which have been used in several recent mass shootings, including at Newtown and Aurora.