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A Litany on the Tragedy of Gun Violence
Adapted from a litany written for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2010 by Rev. W. Mark Koenig of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

          One:      We gather in sorrow, and we gather to find courage and hope.

            All:      We are called to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.

          One:      Some 30,000 Americans die by guns each year in the United States.

            All:      And we grieve.

          One:      An average of 80 people are killed by guns every day in the United States, among them eight children.

            All:      And our hearts break.

          One:      Guns kill some 1,000 people each day in the developing world.

            All:      And we mourn.

          One:      An American child is 12 times more likely to die by a gun than are the children who live in all 25 industrialized nations combined.

            All:      And we weep.

          One:      The annual economic cost of gun violence in America is estimated to at least $100 billion. Medical costs, decimated families, the court system, our jails and prisons, and security measures in airports, schools and public buildings all contribute to this sum.

            All:      And sorrow sweeps over us.

          One:      Since John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, more Americans have died by gunfire within our own country than American servicemen and women who were killed in all our wars of the 20th century.

            All:      And we pray.

          One:      Faced with gun violence,

            All:      We grieve for those are killed and those whose lives are forever changed; We seek to comfort for those who have lost loved ones; We pray for a change of heart for those who resort to violence.

          One:      Faced with gun violence, may we

            All:      Educate; Organize; Advocate;
                        And in all the ways we can, work for that day when guns and weapons of destruction are transformed into instruments of healing.

          One:      May it be so.

            All:      May we so do.

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