National Gun Violence Awareness Day: June 2

Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 60 Episcopal bishops (including Bishop Tom Breidenthal) that advocates for background checks on all gun purchases and other violence prevention measures, is urging all Episcopalians and friends to consider wearing orange on June 2 as a sign of their commitment to reducing gun violence in their communities.

“Poll after poll demonstrates that some 85% of Americans, including large majorities of gun owners and member of the National Rifle Association, favor background checks on all gun purchases, yet Congress won’t act,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark Backwith of the Diocese of Newark, who convenes Bishops Unoted in collaboration with Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut and Eugene T. Sutton of Maryland. “We need to take every opportunity to illustrate just how widespread the support for this simple legislation really is.”

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