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US National Cathedral Dean: Let's 'Mobilize the Faith Community for Gun Control'

By: for CNN.com on Dec. 18, 2012
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President Obama on the 20 children and 6 adult victims of the Newtown massacre: "God has called them all home. For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on, and make our country worthy of their memory."

Washington (CNN) – On the first Sunday after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the Rev. Gary Hall of the Washington National Cathedral called on religious communities to take a stance against gun violence.

"The Christian community, indeed, the entire American faith community, can no longer tolerate this persisting and escalating gun violence against our people. Enough is enough," said Hall, who is the dean of the cathedral.

After 20 schoolchildren and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, the national debate over gun control has resumed with a fervor.

On Friday, President Barack Obama said "we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

From the pulpit, Hall delivered the liturgy with a strong message to his faithful to call for action by their legislators to institute stricter laws banning access to semi-automatic rifles, such as the one police said the gunman used in Friday's massacre.

Read more: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/16/national-cathedral-dean-lets-mobilize-the-faith-community-for-gun-control/

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On Saturday December 15th, the ISKCON devotees at New York City's Bhakti Center held a six-hour vigil, a kirtan remembering the victims of the Newtown massacre.

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