Southern Christian Coalition Calls on Blackburn, Hagerty to Support Protect Our Kids Act

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Faith group cheers House passage of bipartisan gun control legislation

Following bipartisan passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of the "Protect Our Kids Act," a group of Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition called on Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty to support the measure in the U.S. Senate.

In a statement, the group lamented the current rash of gun violence and called for legislative action to create gun control policies.

"Last week I participated in the vigil at the Tennessee Capital mourning the loss of so many innocent victims to the scourge of gun violence in America," said Rev. Dr. Kevin Riggs, Pastor of Franklin Community Church. "And not only am I heartbroken over the devastation of gun violence, I'm heartbroken and devastated that the vast majority of our elected leaders here in Tennessee continue to ignore the cries of the people.

"While I'm grateful that the US House passed the bipartisan "Protect our Children Act," I'm frustrated that every Republican Congressional Representative in the state voted against the bill, including my own representative, Mark Green. How can our leaders vote against common sense legislation that 90% of Americans support? How long will our representatives vote in favor of the gun lobbyists over the will of the people and the safety of our precious and innocent children?

Rev. Dr. Riggs continued, "So my question for Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty is this: 'What will it take for you to join the bipartisan coalition to protect children and our communities with common sense gun policy that the vast majority of Americans support?' It is my prayer that they will have the moral conscious to do what is right and stand up to the dangerous gun lobby and instead use their positions of power to protect the most vulnerable in our communities." 

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