From our Executive Director: We hear the cries of Parkland, Florida

How many tears over the senseless and shocking murders of children and youths will it take?

We heard the cries of Jonesboro. We heard the cries of Columbine. We heard the cries of Northern Illinois University. We heard the cries of Newtown. And now we hear the cries of Parkland, Florida.  Psalm 56:8 reminds us that God has, “…. kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in God’s ledger, each ache written in God’s book.”

How many tears will it take before we, as people of faith, demand that our legislators take serious action to stop this senseless killing and easy access to guns? Or will we continue to merely offer prayers of condolence and positive thoughts to the countless families and friends of victims?  We cry, “No more!”

We must take action to end the killing of our children and others in our communities by calling on our government to make changes at every level.  We can begin today in our state.  Right now in Illinois, Senate Bill (SB) 1657, The Gun Dealer Licensing Act, which passed the Senate in April 2017, is pending in the House.

SB 1657 would give Illinois the ability to encourage and enforce better business practices for gun dealers and hold corrupt dealers accountable. This bill, supported by the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, will provide critical oversight to curb a major source of illegally trafficked firearms from entering communities in Illinois.

I’m urging you to take action now by telling/demanding your state representative to vote YES on SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, to help keep kids safe from violence.

Let’s work together in faith and action to protect God’s children!

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