Gun Violence

Gun Violence

Members of the faith community have long 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.

That same 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.

The faith 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.

UPDATES

Gun Violence Sabbath - New Date!
The National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath weekend has been a cornerstone in the national conversation about gun violence and, specifically, what people of faith can do in their own communities to prevent it. This year, we're hoping to strengthen our reach while also bolstering the efforts of a key partner, Newtown Action. The National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath weekend has traditionally been observed in March, but is being rescheduled to complement Newtown Action's National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims, December 11-14.  Pledge your congregation’s participating now.

Call to Action
Read and download Rev. Matt Crebbin's inviation to participate in the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath. Rev. Crebbin is the Senior Pastor at Newtown Congregational Church, UCC in Newtown, CT.

Where will gun reform lead UCC activists in 2014?
December 14, 2013
The 2013 calendar year escalated a contentious debate on gun reform in the United States, spurred by the death of 26 schoolchildren and administrators in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, and the ‘not guilty’ verdict in July against George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black Florida teenager. What the 2013 calendar year didn’t note was a change to any federal gun legislation.

A visible call for tougher gun legislation marks Long Island church
July 23, 2013
On the front lawn of Sayville United Church of Christ on Long Island, N.Y., 20 backpacks and six teachers bags hang, each bearing the names and representing the 26 innocent lives that were lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. The public display is a call for tougher gun legislation.

Commentary: Every day is an anniversary
July 19, 2013
Aurora and Oak Creek made headlines, but the painful truth is that every single day on the calendar is the anniversary of the terrible toll of gun violence, somewhere in America, whether or not it makes the nightly news.

Senate rejection of background checks outrages UCC officers, advocates working for stronger gun laws
April 17, 2013
Officers from the United Church of Christ expressed disappointment on Wednesday evening by the U.S. Senate’s inability to vote in favor of bipartisan legislation that would have expanded background checks for gun sales. The proposed measure fell six votes short of the required 60 votes. Read the pastoral response from our UCC leaders.

Newtown clergy begins vigil on the National Mall for victims of gun violence
April 11, 2013
The Rev. Matt Crebbin of Newtown Congregational UCC and fellow Newtown clergy are standing for the thousands who have fallen victim to gun violence. Joined by leaders of faith organizations in a 24-hour vigil, they are calling on Congress to vote on gun-violence prevention legislation.

Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence
January 15, 2013
The UCC's General Minister and President, the Rev. Geoffrey Black, joined 42 other faith leaders in writing a a letter asking President Obama and members of Congress to, "do everything possible to keep guns out of the hands of people who may harm themselves or others." The letter supports background checks for those who intend to buy a gun and demands legislation outlawing high capacity weapons and ammunition clips. The letter also declares that gun trafficing should be made a federal crime.

General Synod Policy on Gun Violence

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Sandra Sorensen
Director of Washington Office
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Washington, DC 20002
202-543-1517
sorenses@ucc.org