Surveys suggest support for new gun laws is slipping a year after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings.
The cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, laid out a moral case for tougher laws and said that he and other religious leaders would reaffirm their commitment to help prevent gun violence.
“One year after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we Americans still live with the epidemic scourge of gun violence,” Hall said. “A year ago next Sunday, I said from this pulpit that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby. I said that then, and I say it again now because I believe that the forces of love are finally greater and stronger than the forces of hatred.”
Hall said 32,000 more people have been killed by gun violence since the Newtown shooting.
The Rev. Mel Kawakami of Newtown United Methodist Church noted that there have been other school shootings since Sandy Hook.
“We gather to say, ‘No more,’” he said.
Other gun control advocates spoke about their personal connections to gun violence and why they believe there should be more control over access to weapons.
Carole King sang a hymn entitled “In the Name of Love.” And 33 years and four days after he was shot and killed on a New York street, John Lennon’s “Imagine” was played on piano and violin.