Gun control group starts faith-driven initiative

Gun control group starts faith-driven initiative

John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, poses for a photo in Washington in this 2017 file photo. The leading gun control advocacy group has enlisted more than a dozen religious leaders to boost voter turnout this fall in support of candidates who support measures to prevent gun violence. (AP/J. David Ake) NEW YORK — A leading gun control advocacy group has enlisted more than a dozen religious leaders to increase voter turnout this fall in support of candidates who support measures to prevent gun violence. Everytown for Gun Safety, which expects to spend $60 million on this year’s elections, is forging its interfaith effort amid ongoing concerns about shootings at houses of worship. The group’s partners include representatives from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh backgrounds, several of them well-known progressive activists. Among those joining Everytown’s initiative, details of which were shared with The Associated Press ahead of its official announcement, are evangelical Shane Claiborne, president of the group Red Letter Christians, and Rev. Traci Blackmon, a United Church of Christ executive minister and a central member of the Black Lives Matter movement. Another is Rev. Rob Schenck, a former evangelical anti-abortion activist who has since shifted to support the Roe v. Wade decision and sought to redefine a "pro-life" agenda as one that supports gun control. Schenck described gun violence as a "life or death issue, which makes it a supreme moral consideration." "Churches, especially white evangelical churches, have largely ignored this question — I think, […]

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