Be vigilant witnesses and make sure that we are not going to stop until….the Consumer Product Safety Commission can regulate guns. It is the only unregulated consumer product, and it kills 30,000 people a year. We regulate toy guns and teddy bears, and we don’t regulate guns that kill thousands each year.
The above is an excerpt from a moving sermon given at Washington National Cathedral by Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. She reflects on the words of Jesus in Luke 18, and imagines a nation where we care more about the safety and future of our children than our own obsession with guns and violence.
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Marian concludes her sermon with this prayer:
O God, help us to prevent and transform our nation where small children suffer from hunger, quite legally. O God, forgive and help us transform our rich and powerful nation, where toddlers and school children die from guns sold quite legally, and often illegally. O God, forgive us, and help us transform our rich and powerful nation that lets children be the poorest group of citizens quite legally. O God, forgive and help us transform our rich nation, that lets the rich continue to get more at the expense of the poor, quite legally. O God, forgive and help us transform our rich and powerful nation, which thinks security rests in and missiles and bombs rather than in mothers and in babies. O God, forgive and help us transform our rich nation for not giving you sufficient thanks by giving to others their daily bread. O God, help us never to confuse what is quite legal with what is just and right in your sight.