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March 28, 2018

Statement by DJAN President Jack Sullivan, Jr.: We need “Common-Sense, Morals-Driven” Approaches to Ending Gun Violence

Prompted by Christ's vision of peace, and emboldened by the action-oriented power of the Holy Spirit, the Disciples Justice Action Network (DJAN) within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was pleased to have enthusiastically endorsed the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018, in Washington, DC. 

DJAN activists were in attendance at the March. There we joined the witness of hundreds of thousands concerned people of faith and persons of conscience who stood in solidarity with students from Parkland, Florida. Together, we expressed outrage not only over the mass shooting in Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (which claimed the lives of 17 people), but also about the unwillingness of Congress and the White House to seriously address mass shootings.

As a Christian faith-based organization, DJAN values prayer and actively calls the Christian community to pray for the victims of the Parkland shootings, and their families. However, inasmuch as Christian faith calls its adherents to engage in actions rooted in love, DJAN strongly and urgently calls upon all Disciples and people of faith to support common-sense, morals-driven laws that have the potential to disrupt and dismantle the means by which people may commit more mass shootings in the future. DJAN, therefore, calls for the end the sales of military-grade weapons, including the AR-15 automatic rifle; required background checks on anyone seeking to purchase any gun; and closure of the gun show and online gun sales practices that do not include customer background checks.

Mass shootings in the United States represent a clear and present danger to the lives of the public in general, and to vulnerable populations such as students, in particular. They are immoral acts of domestic terrorism that must be reduced through the enactment of common-sense, morals-driven gun laws. No credible sense of solidarity with our students can exist without such actions.

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