Chattanooga, TN November 21, 2017: Today Rev. Scott Williamson, Senior Pastor at Pilgrim Congregational Church, United Church of Christ and twenty-one other local faith leaders met with Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee to discuss gun safety as a faith issue. The Senator was gracious to give the group time during his Thanksgiving Holiday break to meet and discuss how he can help us make Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the Untied States of America more safe and peaceful.
The interfaith group asked Senator Corker to consider cosponsoring S.2135 A bill to enforce current law regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. They also asked him to sponsor appropriate legislation that would rectify the Dickey Amendment which bans the Center for Disease Control (CDC) from collecting data and doing research about the health impact from the abuse of firearms. The Senator was open to the suggestions and promised to get back to us with a response.
“Within the group of clergy there were gun owners and survivors of gun violence. We stood together to ask for common sense gun safety reform, each believing that we participate with God in making the world a more just and peaceful place for all.” Said Rev. Williamson. The group talked about gang violence in the community and how domestic violence has led to many of the most recent mass shootings. S.2135 would help ensure those who have committed acts of domestic violence are unable to purchase weapons, something that could prevent more gun violence in the future.
Please join Pilgrim Congregational Church in praying with our pen and write your congressperson asking them to please pass common sense gun safety legislation.