Five Connecticut clergy will travel to D.C. this week, joining clergy from across the country to call on Congress to take swift and meaningful action on gun control. The rally, planned for Thursday, takes place the same week Congress returns from recess to try to find common ground on the issue.
The Connecticut clergy are from Newtown and Hartford, leaders of vastly different communities that both experienced devastation as a result of gun violence.
“We’re going down to Washington and will be there Wednesday night and we have a few surprises for Congress when they arrive,” said Rabbi Shaul Praver, of Newtown, who has lobbied both state and federal lawmakers on gun control since Newtown.
Reverend Matthew Crebbin, of Newtown Congregational Church, said they were going down there to call attention to gun violence as a moral issue.
“There will actually be markers on the national mall memorializing every life we’ve lost to gun violence since Newtown,” said Crebbin.
The aim, Praver said, was to awaken members of Congress to the immense toll of gun violence nationwide.
“If 30,000 people came back from Afghanistan dead in a box, the American people wouldn’t stand for it, would we? Why do we stand for it when 30,000 people are dead in the streets of America?”
Crebbin called on Congress to act quickly, and challenged lawmakers to choose which side of history they would stand on.
“While we’ve been talking and potentially not doing anything there continues to be a loss of life…We hope to draw attention to that and remind people that they’ll be remembered by what they do in this moment,” he said.