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Responding to Gun Violence

Every day, 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured. Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens. In Virginia there were over 1000 firearm deaths in 2017. Approximately two-thirds of firearm deaths in Virginia were suicides. (Sources: CDC; VA Dept. of Health) The effects of gun violence extend far beyond these losses—gun violence shapes the lives of millions of Americans who witness it, know someone who was shot, or live in fear of the next shooting.

Members of St. Andrew’s are continuing to seek ways that we can address gun violence and its effects on our lives and our community. Here we will share resources, ways you can take action, and upcoming events at St. Andrew's and across our community.

For more information on this effort, contact Karen Merritt, merrik01@msn.com, or Merrill Hemmert, merrillhemmert@verizon.net.
 

Upcoming gatherings and action alerts

Prayer Vigil
Our next prayer vigil will be held in May. Date TBA.
 

Prayer Vigils

Prayer Vigils are held quarterly.

Click here for the bulletin from the October 20, 2019 service.

Click here for the bulletin from the Sunday, January 26, 2020 service.
 

Resources

Bishops Against Gun Violence - a network of nearly 100 Episcopal Church bishops, urging our cities, states and nation to adopt policies and pass legislation that will reduce the number of people in the United States killed and wounded by gunfire.

Episcopal Public Policy Network - a part of the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations, representing the church's public policy positions. Provides action alerts and numerous resources.

Everytown for Gun Safety - nonprofit organization which advocates for gun control and against gun violence.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.

The Brady Campaign - organization working for gun violence prevention, founded by former White House Press Secretary James Brady and his wife, Sarah.

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence - policy organization, co-founded by gun violence survivor Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, dedicated to save lives from gun violence by shifting culture, changing policies, and challenging injustice.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence - develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.

Virginia Interfaith Center - offers many resources and assistance for those interested in writing to our legislature.

 

Last Published: February 24, 2020 7:36 AM