Serve the World
Gun Violence Prevention Promise
In the aftermath of the killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, a group of church members and friends came together to work on gun violence prevention and gun safety promotion in 2013. We named our group Gun Violence Prevention Promise, a working group of UUCSC.
Following years of efforts of raising awareness, holding marches and rallies, working with elected officials, researching and supporting legislation, connecting with other organizations such as the Brady Campaign and other faith communities, we are beginning to see encouraging changes in the legislature, one of which is a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. For the first time in decades they passed a gun control- related bill, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, on February 27th. H. R. 8 would:
- Require all firearm purchases – both handguns and long guns – to undergo a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.
- Reduce the risk that gun buyers might avoid a background check by claiming to simply be borrowing the gun for an open-ended amount of time.
- Help prevent dangerous individuals from circumventing the laws on the books and obtain deadly weapons.
Implementing universal background checks is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans and gun owners. It was placed on the Senate calendar on March 4th but so far the Majority Leader has refused to bring it up for debate or a vote in the Senate. What we can do: Contact Senators Feinstein (http://www.feinstein.senate.gov. 202-224-3841) and Harris (http://www.harris.senate.gov. 202-224-3553) and urge them to pressure Senator Mitch McConnell to bring the bill up for debate. For additional details contact us.
We agree with the students who survived the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018 who declared, “Enough is enough”. They galvanized people of all ages across the country to confront their elected leaders and the NRA to demand action to change existing gun laws. We agree with their stated demand for federal policy changes in addition to universal background checks:
- Ban assault weapon sales.
- Increase the age for buying guns from 18 to 21.
- Reduce magazine clips to 10 bullets.
We encourage our congregation to get involved. Come to our monthly meetings usually held on the third Sunday after the service in the World Room. Join us on Facebook to stay informed of our progress in promoting Gun Safety. Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dorothy Wait, chair