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National Cathedral, bishop advocate gun control

Monday - 12/17/2012, 4:46am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Episcopal bishop of Washington and the dean of the Washington National Cathedral are calling for stricter gun control in their Sunday sermons.

The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, the Episcopal bishop, says the children and teachers who were gunned down in a Connecticut school shouldn't die in vain. She says "if we only pray and do not act, we are complicit" in allowing such crimes to occur.

Budde preached at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington. She says civilians shouldn't own assault weapons.

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, the National Cathedral dean, said in his sermon that Christians can no longer tolerate gun violence and that they have a moral obligation to work to end it.

Hall says the cathedral should become a focal point for advocating gun control.


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