Washington National Cathedral dean: Gun lobby no match for cross lobby

Several lawmakers, gun control activists and police officials appeared Thursday at a Capitol Hill news conference to support the push to renew the federal ban on assault weapons.

Among those who spoke was the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, who represented several religious leaders who support the bill's proposals.

As The Washington Post reported Wednesday, Hall has attracted more attention over the past few weeks than previous cathedral deans have for decades. Hall has announced that the cathedral, the seat of the Episcopal Church, plans to host same-sex weddings and he spoke out almost immediately about gun control in the hours after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

On Thursday, Hall said "We have come to the end of the preaching part of the work and we are moving forward today with a tangible solution to the epidemic" of gun violence.

"As people of faith, we have a moral obligation to stand with and for the victims of gun violence and to work to end it," he said. "We’ve tolerated school shootings and mall shootings and theater shootings and sniper shootings and workplace shootings and temple and church shootings and urban neighborhood shootings for far too long. Enough is enough.

"Everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby. But I believe that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby, especially when we stand together as people of all faiths across the religious landscape of America."

Read more about the assault weapons ban here.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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