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Faith Leaders rally at the RI State House for gun violence prevention policies

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“Just as we have speed limits to reduce the risk and severity of car accidents, we must have a ban on high capacity magazines to reduce the number and severity of mass shootings. We join together, as clergy, on behalf of public safety,” said Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman of Temple Beth-El.


The Guns to Plowshares movement of faith leaders hosted a Day of Resolution Rally in the State House rotunda on Wednesday. The rally is inspired by the faith community’s commitment to advocating for gun violence prevention policy this legislative session. 

“Gun violence in our nation is a public health issue, and must be addressed through sensible gun control legislation,” said Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman of Temple Beth-El. “Just as we have speed limits to reduce the risk and severity of car accidents, we must have a ban on high capacity magazines to reduce the number and severity of mass shootings. We join together, as clergy, on behalf of public safety.”

We know that guns make domestic violence more deadly, we know that guns lethalize depression,” said Reverend Jamie Washam of the First Baptist Church. “So we are asking that our legislators, or senators, pass common sense and smart gun legislation this year.”

“As people of faith we come together speaking hope and a future. We are not against gun owners or that individuals should not own guns. But we come together in a collective voice saying that high capacity magazines and assault weapons have taken innocent lives and have no need in our society,” said Reverend Howard Jenkins of Bethel AME Church. “Use of these types of arsenal has ignited gun violence involving mass shootings that have taken lives of good people, altered futures and impacted families.”

The event concluded with a performance by the Reaching People Thru Music Choir.

Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman of Temple Beth-El
Reverend Howard Jenkins of Bethel AME Church

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