The March for Our Lives is tomorrow morning. The Bishops of the Episcopal Church are encouraging us to participate. Naturally, some will be hesitant or not persuaded by the arguments represented by the march, which of course we entirely respect; however, others are making plans to get into DC and join the campaign for some form of gun control.
The Episcopal Church has taken a position on this question. The position is simple: we believe that some form of gun regulation is compatible with the second amendment. We understand someone in rural America, where the police are further away, needing a handgun for self-defense or a rifle for hunting. But we do not understand the need for assault rifles or bump stocks or for a 19-year-old to have access to these weapons. We do not understand why the state cannot insist on a proper background check to ensure that guns are not in the hands of those not suitable. These regulations might not stop all school shootings, but a reduction is good and an important step in the right direction.
This is also a movement of the young. And we honor those voices today. Some will be sleeping on the ground in Addison and taking showers in Sparrow. So we welcome our guests and we support their march for our lives.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President