The push for stiffer gun control measures has taken a front seat on the American consciousness after the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn. last month. President Barack Obama unveiled a $500 million gun violence package today aimed at reducing violence nationwide. That was good news to members of the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace, whose mission is to curb violence in New Jersey’s largest city.
Bishop Mark Beckwith said Obama’s proposal isn’t as much as he would want, but it’s a step in the right direction. He said aside from the Newtown shooting, there have been other acts of unspeakable violence with guns. The impetus for the interfaith coalition was the 2007 schoolyard shooting in Newark that left three teens dead and one wounded at the hands of gang members.
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