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Gun Violence Response #2

January 17, 2013 by  
Filed under News & Events

In 2010, the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) adopted a position entitled Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call which was developed by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) of the General Assembly Mission Council.

According to Gradye Parsons, the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly in the Fall of 2010, “…it is presented for the guidance and edification of both church and society, and determines procedures and program for the ministries and staff of the General Assembly. It si recommended for consideration and study by sessions, presbyteries, and synods, and commended to the free Christian conscience of all congregations and members for prayerful study, dialogue, and action…..

The good news in this report (click here to download) is that Christians and some interfaith neighbors have joined in groups such as ‘Heeding God’s Call,’ which focus on local education and organizing efforts to prevent irresponsible gun sales at shops or gun shows. Considerable work can be done in cities and towns and i the country to make sure gun buyers will not funnel weapons to gangs. These efforts also have a public health dimension aimed to stem vectors of crime weapons from entering cities of regions. ……

I urge you, then, to read, discuss and act on this report…..”

The adult forum of WPC has been discussing gun violence and the PCUSA policy statement for the past several weeks. While there is not unanimity on any aspect of how to respond to the current level of gun violence in the US, as it is a very complicated subject, there is a sense that something needs to be done. Currently, the US Congress is debating proposed new rules on gun ownership. If after reading the PCUSA report, or, if you are already in favor of some limited forms of gun control, then please let your senators and representatives know. There are several easy ways to do that.  During coffee hour on January 20th, we will have letters that people can sign. At the end of the day, the signed letters will be sent to Washington. If you do not wish to be part of the group signing, or if you can not be in church on Sunday, you can download the letters and sign and send them to your congressmen in Washington. These letters were developed by the Peace and Justice Committee of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church.

Letter to Congressman Brady

Letter to Senator Casey

Letter to Senator Toomey

Letter to Congressman Meehan

Letter to The Vice President

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