Rev. Gary Hall: ‘I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby’

“Enough is enough,” said Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday in a sermon that was interrupted once by applause and greeted with a standing ovation at its conclusion. “As followers of Jesus, we have the moral obligation to stand for and with the victims of gun violence and to work to end it. We have tolerated school shootings, mall shootings, theater shootings, sniper shootings, workplace shootings, temple and church shootings, urban neighborhood shootings, for far too long. The massacre of these 28 people in Connecticut is, for me at least, the last straw. And I believe it is for you. Enough is enough. The Christian community—indeed the entire American faith community—can no longer tolerate this persistent and escalating gun violence directed against our people. Enough is enough.”

… “Everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby,” he said. “But I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby. I don’t want to take away someone’s hunting rifle, but I can no longer justify a society that allows concealed handguns in schools and on the streets or that allows people other than military and police to buy assault weapons or that lets people get around existing gun laws by selling weapons to people without background checks at gun shows. As Christians, we are obligated to heal the wounded, protect the vulnerable, and stand for peace. The cross is the sign and the seal of that obligation. And we know both from faith and experience that the cross is mightier than the gun. The gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby.” … (Read Rev. Gary Hall’s complete sermon.)

TAKE ACTION TODAY: 1) Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111. Tell President Obama that by Christmas we want him to 1) reinstate the assault weapons ban and 2) to require background checks for all gun buyers, not just some.

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