Bishops lead march against gun violence

About 1,500 General Convention participants took to the streets of Salt Lake City Sunday morning with Bishops United Against Gun Violence.

The prayerful procession walked the half-mile from the Salt Palace Convention Center to Pioneer Park while marchers sang hymns and prayed. Members of Utah anti-gun violence groups and civil rights organizations joined in.

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While in Pioneer Park, the Rev. Gayle Fischer-Stewart a retired police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. She is currently a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

Addressing the Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence march, she explains why the United States needs fewer guns and calls for stronger action to combat gun violence.

Watch the Rev. Gayle Fischer Stewart address the crowd

Upon returning to the Salt Palace, Carolyn Tuft, a survivor of gun violence, spoke to the crowd about her pain and horror as a victim of a 2007 mass shooting at Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City.

Although Tuft survived the shooting, her daughter Kirsten died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Hear Carolyn’s story

Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry closed the march and addressed the crowd of over 1000 of marchers, including bishops, clergy and laity attending General Convention in Salt Lake City.

Watch Bishop Curry’s inspiring address

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