Small Arms & Light Weapons: A challenge to the churches

Million Mom March

As the nation's largest national, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, Brady Center and the Million Mom March are dedicated to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in their communities.

Founded in 1999, the Million Mom March is a national grassroots, chapter-based organization dedicated to preventing gun death and injury and supporting victims and survivors of gun violence.

The Million Mom March is the largest US national grassroots organization working for common-sense gun laws. Visit the Million Mom March web site.
The Million Mom March focuses on education and advocacy through grassroots activity across the country and seeking responsible limits on gun access and use. On Mother's Day 2000, more than 750,000 people marched on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and tens of thousands of others marched in towns across America, to demonstrate their support for sensible gun laws.

On October 1, 2001, the Million Mom March merged with the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. By combining the experience, talent, and resources of two powerful organizations, they are better positioned to pass national laws that prevent gun violence in this country, rather than legislation to placate the gun lobby.

On the occasion of the launch in Chicago in 1999, Rev. Jeffrey Brown, WCC Peace to the City partner in Boston, is calling for more churches to join in the campaign. "As an inner-city pastor who presides over funerals for victims and comforts families traumatized by gun violence, I applaud any action to mobilize a large scale effort to reduce gun violence. Events in places like Littleton, Colorado consistently prove that the specter of violence is universal, and has spread like an epidemic from the cities to the suburban enclaves and rural hamlets of the US. At the root of this is a moral and spiritual malaise. If churches do not fully commit themselves to come out of their complacency and act as part of the solution, then our children's futures are gone."

Launches were also held in New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco, Long Beach and Honolulu.

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