Fifty Religious Groups Demand Gun Control in U.S.

Washington, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) While the debate about gun control is still open in the United States today, local media published a letter in which 50 religious organizations demand that Congress take actions on gun violence.

The groups, which make up the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence Coalition, called for Congress to 'take immediate action to curb the onslaught of gun violence plaguing our nation.'

The coalition noted the shootings that have taken place at houses of worship in recent years, including the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in 2012.

In the letter, addressed to the Republican and Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives and the Senate and published on the website of The Hill, the groups noted, 'It is horrifying that innocents were massacred in a house of worship once again, a terrifying reality for all people of faith in this country who believe that their congregations are sanctuaries of peace, safety, life, and love.'

'We would welcome the opportunity to discuss our coalition's legislative priorities with you. All people in our beloved country deserve to feel safe in their houses of worship and their communities; inaction is immoral and wrong,' says the letter.

In the document, the groups called on Congress to take action to close loopholes that allow domestic violence offenders to own and buy guns, implement a universal background check system and pass an assault weapons ban, among other demands.

The letter on gun control was published when democrats and several social sectors are calling to take actions to prevent gun violence after the shooting in Texas and the worst shooting in U.S. history, as a result of which 58 people were killed in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1.

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Giuliani: It’s Stupid to Believe Gun Control Will Stop Islamic Terrorists

SANTIAGO – Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said on Thursday that it made no sense to believe that greater restrictions on the sale of firearms in the United States could prevent mass shootings like the one that killed 49 people last weekend at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Giuliani made his remarks at a speech in the Chilean capital, where he presented his ideas on fighting crime and answered questions about the race to the White House, Americans’ Second Amendment right to bear arms and the massacre early Sunday at the Pulse nightclub.

The American politician said that gun control had nothing to do with terrorism and that neither U.S. President Barack Obama nor presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be taking the conversation in that direction.

He accused both politicians of being soft on terrorism and said that, although he does not always agree with Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee’s economic and anti-terrorism proposals were superior to Clinton’s.

Giuliani, who was mayor of New York at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said Obama should be ashamed that there have been four major attacks perpetuated by Muslim radicals in a year: Paris, San Bernardino, California, Brussels and Orlando.

The former mayor said Omar Mateen’s attack inside the Pulse club, where 53 people were also wounded, was “an act of war.”

Regarding Chile, Giuliani recommended a number of measures to significantly reduce crime rates, including the need for coordination between the police that patrol the streets and those responsible for investigating crimes.

Giuliani also proposed an increase in the use of surveillance cameras, DNA analysis of suspects and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders.

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