Some clergy from Newtown, Connecticut, disapprove of the compromise gun bill now before the Senate.
The bipartisan gun control agreement reached by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on Wednesday does not go far enough in the eyes of multiple clergy members from Newtown, Connecticut.
In interviews with CNN, religious leaders from Newtown, the site of last year’s school shooting where 20 children and six adults were killed, said that a recent gun control agreement does not do enough to fight gun violence, leading one rabbi to doubt whether Congress was actually working for the American people.
“Who are they compromising with?” said Rabbi Shaul Praver of the Congregation Adath Israel in Newtown. “Ninety percent of the country, 92% really, want the universal background checks. That is it, straight up, no exceptions. That is what the people want.”
Rabbi Pravin was joined by the Rev. Matthew Crebbin of the Newtown Congregational Church and the Rev. Kathleen Adams-Shepherd of Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown.
Crebbin told CNN:
“It is hard for me to believe that we need a piece of legislation on compromise when 92% of the American public supports universal background checks,” Crebbin said. “I do think that many of our representatives are late adapters to the issues and don’t recognize the changes that are happening under their feet.”