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Catholic priests lead Nashville movement on gun control

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Two Catholic Church leaders in Nashville are calling for their congregations to sign a petition supporting a government ban on assault rifles.

The priests want to initiate a nationwide movement supporting Vice President Joe Biden's gun violence task force.

Father Joseph Breen does a lot of preaching about doing the right thing at St. Edward Catholic Church.

"I don't think I could live with myself if I did nothing," Breen said.

He said he's standing up for what he thinks is best for the country.

"We're not saying take away all the guns. Just the assault weapons," he said.

Breen is asking his congregation at St. Edward and others in Nashville to sign a petition promoting a government ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition.

"We're not talking about people who have guns in their homes for protection, for hunting or for collection. All that is legitimate," Breen said.

When the congregation shows up for church this weekend they will see a poster with the names of all 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and at the bottom it asks people to read and sign the petition if they agree.

Breen said this movement isn't about politics. Rather, he said it's about safety for kids and adapting the law to the times.

"The Second Amendment at that time years ago, a gun was a musket, and people had them to preserve their freedom," Breen said.

Breen said he hopes the petition catches on and becomes a national movement of support.

"They say it takes a spark to start a fire, and we're hopeful that this might be a small effort," he said.

Breen said anyone is welcome to sign the petition. Breen's brother leads St. Ann Catholic Church, and the petition will also be available there.

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