Brothers and priests, Fathers Joseph and Philip Breen, are leading their parishes, St. Edward Catholic Church and St. Ann Catholic Church to take a stand on a controversial issue.
At Mass on Saturday, Father Joseph Breen of St. Edward Catholic Church encouraged his parishioners to sign a petition calling for stricter laws against assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips.
The petition is in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month in Newtown, Connecticut.
“I said to myself, what is it I can do, and I feel very strongly about banning all assault weapons,” Father Breen told Nashville's News 2. “We just hope that we keep these weapons from people that could do a lot of harm.”
Father Breen is calling on support from his parish, and the community in hopes of stricter gun control.
“This is something we need to do to get the assault weapons off of our streets and make everything a little bit safer,” Father Breen said. “We're not taking away the ability or to make it illegal to have arms in your homes.”
While Father Breen knows this is a tough battle and a controversial issue, he believes this petition is the first step.
“We who have a love for children, we who love this country America, we need to make it less violent and I'm hoping this [the petition] is one way to make it a little bit safer.”
The signed petitions will be sent to Congress and President Obama.
The petitions will be available to sign at Sunday Mass.
Anyone who would like to collect signatures for the petition, visit StEdward.org or call 615-833-5520 for more information.