Interfaith Leaders Rally Against Gun Violence

May 9, 2004

Source: Voice of America

On May 9, 2004 Voice of America reported, "Thousands of people celebrated Mother's Day in Washington by taking part in competing rallies to address the issue of guns and the social scourge of gun violence. The Million Mom March refers largely to mothers who oppose the devastation gun violence can wreak on their families. The first Million Mom March drew hundreds of thousands of people to Washington in 2000. Sunday's all-day event included an interfaith worship service, a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol building and a march that ended several blocks away from the White House. Speaking at the religious service, the National Council of Churches' Brenda Girton-Mitchell urged the crowd to speak out against gun violence. 'Today, we march on our nation's capital, saying you must confront the violence, the gun violence, and say that we value lives more than we value guns. We march to halt the assault on our families and safety,' she said. The service included Sikh music, as well as comments by a Muslim religious leader and Jewish Rabbi. Hindu leader Asha Chand urged the crowd to support harmony. "