Este año, dos tiroteos han cobrado la vida de los tejanos en El Paso y Odessa / Midland. No podemos quedarnos de brazos cruzados mientras la sangre de nuestros vecinos continúa derramándose.
Únase a nosotros para pedir al senador John Cornyn que presente legislación para abordar la violencia armada reiterada que nos afecta -- propuestas específicas que mejorarían las verificaciones de antecedentes, prohibiría las revistas de alta capacidad y aprobaría una ley federal de "bandera roja" para prevenir a aquellos considerados en riesgo para sí mismos o para otros que accedan a armas de fuego.
Como residentes, votantes, y líderes religiosos aquí firmados, pedimos que usted como el “El Senador con señoría” garantice que el Senado vote sobre la legislación que aborda la violencia armada que se sigue repitiendo y atormentando a nuestras comunidades. HR8 and HR112 han sido aprobados en la cámara de representantes. Pedimos que Ud. presente estas propuestas al Senado para que también sean aprobadas, incluyendo los siguientes en cuanto la cámara de representantes los aprueben:
- Mejorar las verificaciones de antecedentes (HR 1112 & HR 8);
- Prohibir cargadores de alta capacidad (HR 1186);
- Aprobación de una ley federal de “bandera roja” para evitar que quienes se consideren un riesgo para sí mismos u otros accedan a las armas de fuego (HR 1236).
This year, two shootings have taken the lives of Texans in El Paso and Odessa/Midland. We cannot stand idly by while the blood of our neighbors continues to be shed.
Join us as we ask Senator John Cornyn to introduce legislation to address the repeated gun violence plaguing our state -- specific bills which would enhance background checks, ban high-capacity magazines and pass a federal "red flag" law to prevent those deemed at risk to themselves or others from accessing firearms.
Senator John Cornyn:
As residents, voters, and faith leaders we call on you as a Senior Senator representing Texas to ensure that the Senate votes on legislation that addresses the repeated gun violence plaguing our communities. HR8 and HR112 have already passed in the house. We ask you to bring these bills to the Senate for a vote, including the ones below once they pass the house:
- Enhance background checks (HR 1112 & HR 8);
- Restrict high-capacity magazines (HR 1186);
- Pass a federal “red flag” law to prevent those deemed a risk to themselves or others from accessing firearms (HR 1236).
As the state legislature prepares to convene, local clergy and The Metropolitan Organization on Sunday held a gun control vigil at Trinity United Methodist Church. Those present spoke passionately about gun safety policies.
“Despite the fact that we’re supposed to be a first-world country, a civilized nation, a nation of laws, we continue to see the scourge of gun violence in the United States,” said Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo....
David Lyon, senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel, read an opinion piece he wrote for the Houston Chronicle in January of 2013. After every mass shooting in the years since, he has referred to the article and says he could still write it word for word. He eventually published a version for his congregation with blanks instead of the words “Sandy Hook” so that members could fill in the name of the latest disaster.
“Our purpose here is to stop filling in the blanks and change the narrative,” Lyon said.
For the Rev. Ed Jones, the pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, the urgency of the vigil that he had been planning for months had been underscored by personal tragedy that very week.
A family member, 17-year-old Drew Conley, had been shot and killed the Monday before.
[Photo Credit: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle]
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Fulfilling a commitment made to TMO earlier this year, Houston Police Chief (and incoming president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association) Art Acevedo publicly urged American Outdoor Brands Corp., formerly Smith & Wesson, to examine its safety practices and standards.
The joint letter, signed also by Rabbi David Lyon, Senior of Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel and leader with TMO, and Montgomery Police Chief (and outgoing MCCA president), J. Thomas Manger, was accompanied with a supportive statement by the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign. Do Not Stand Idly By is a national IAF campaign made up of law enforcement leaders, medical and public health professionals and religious leaders to promote the production and use of smart guns.
[Photo Credit: Bloomberg Business]
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At a gathering of 100 clergy and leaders from diverse faith communities at Congregation Beth Israel, TMO succeeded in leveraging the support of Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo, making Houston the first city in Texas to support the 'Do Not Stand Idly By' campaign for gun safety.
The ceremonial signing was preceded by remarks by Rabbi Joel Mosbacher (Metro IAF), Mr. Ernesto Cortes Jr. (West / Southwest IAF), and Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo about the pressing need for an effective strategy. Rabbi Mosbacher described the 'Do Not Stand Idly By' campaign as a market-based approach to entice gun manufacturers to develop safe(r) gun technologies that make it more difficult for stolen guns to be used and / or sold on the black market. Cortes described the importance of building lasting power through relationships and community organizing. Chief Acevedo expressed his support for the strategy, and agreed to sign on.
Other institutions in attendance included:
Temple Emanu El, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Congregation Brith Shalom, Congregation Shma-Koleina, Jewish Living and Learning, Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, St. Andrews United Methodist, eMgage, St. James Episcopal, Hope Episcopal, Our Mother of Mercy, Catholic Charities, St. Mary Magdalene, Assumption Catholic, First Metropolitan, Trinity United Methodist, St. Andrews Episcopal, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Stephen's Episcopal, Chapelwood United Methodist, Holy Family, All Saints Catholic, Presbytery of New Covenant, Memorial Drive United Methodist, St. Anne de Beaupre, and Dallas Area Interfaith.
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