Act to End Gun Violence!
unrelenting and terrible toll taken by gun violence year after year in the
United States, Congress has done distressingly little to address what has
become a major public health threat.
While tragic incidents of gun violence like the shootings at Sandy Hook
Elementary School, Aurora, Colorado and Oak Creek, Wisconsin draw national
headlines, in many communities across the country, the impact of gun violence is
a day-to-day reality.
dialogue about gun violence can quickly become divisive. However, as several prominent leaders from
both major political parties have noted, the complex and emotional dynamics
that underlie gun violence cannot be an excuse for inaction. The cost of gun
violence, which is seen in lives lost and forever altered; in the medical and
criminal justice expenses; in ever increasing security requirements; and in quality
of life diminished by fear of gun violence, is too high. Our nation must begin
to take concrete steps to address it.
the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, members of
the faith community have steadfastly advocated for sensible, responsible
policies to end gun violence. In 1995,
The UCC 20th General Synod passed a resolution entitled “Violence in
Our Society and World,” in which it recognized the complicated and interwoven
layers at the root of violence.
General Synod also passed a resolution entitled “Guns and Violence,” inviting
UCC members and congregations to advocate for legislation to strengthen
licensing and registration of gun sales, strengthen regulations of gun dealers
and ban semiautomatic assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips.
community has come together many times in the aftermath of gun tragedies to
urge lawmakers to pass laws that prevent gun violence. Tested by our grief, resolute in our faith we
remain committed to continuing this drumbeat.
Take Action – Send the letter below
or join an interfaith call-in day on February 4th!
It will take
a multilayered approach to address the prevalence of gun violence, but we can
begin now. Although no one piece of
legislation will provide a solution, meaningful legislative steps can help
reduce the toll of gun violence.
ensure that the voice of faithful Americans rings throughout the halls of
Congress. On February 4th,
call your members of Congress and insist that they act to prevent gun violence.
Call 1-888-897-0174 and ask to be connected to your
legislators. (Ideas for promoting this interfaith call-in day to your congregation and friends.)
of Congress to:
- Reinstate the expired assault weapons
ban (bills were recently introduced in both the House and Senate);
- Strengthen background
- Ban high-capacity ammunition
- Strengthen efforts to stop straw purchasing of guns (in which someone purchases a firearm for another person who is prohibited from doing so) through the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act.
It’s time to turn our shared grief
into collective action.
Personalize the subject and text of the message below with your own words, if you wish.
- Complete the form below with your information.
- Click the Send Message button to send your letter to these decision makers:
- Your Senators
- Your Representative
Dear [Decision Maker],
[City, State ZIP]