Gun Violence Prevention Congregational Toolkit

Gun violence impacts most if not all of our communities.  Many of our worshiping communities are in or near neighborhoods of increasing violence.  Many Presbyterians know persons who have been victims of gun-related crime or violence.  The 219th General Assembly in 2010 approved the resolution “Gun Violence, Gospel Values:  Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call,” and that’s just what Presbyterians have been doing since then.  In the past 2 years a movement has been building to not only awaken our members and worshiping communities to the faith dimensions of this on-going tragedy, but also to assist them in initiatives to more effectively address the problem of gun violence.  If you’re wondering where to start, a downloadable “Congregational Toolkit” is now available to help congregations prevent gun violence.  Please contact the Peacemaking Program if you have any questions or seek assistance getting started. 

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  1. We used your material in my Methodist Sunday School class and it lead to some great conversations. As a founding member of the Faith Coalition on Gun Violence I hope that your material (with updated facts) can be used in workshops our group wants to other interested churches. Jesus called us to "love one another" not to kill one another.

    by Kathy Handel

    March 31, 2015

  2. I am becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the outrageous and vile attempts of the PC(USA) to collude with the government to dictate the lives and affairs of its members with a political agenda in mind. One that, clearly, devalues the sanctity of human life and disregards our God-given rights. Church should exist to promote faith and the teachings of Christ, not to collect money and further political agendas. Shame on you.

    by Elizabeth F Finch

    February 11, 2014

  3. This "toolkit" contains a tremendous amount of misinformation and represents a political bias. It pushes an anti gun agena under the cloak of the church with little input from members. As a sheriff's deputy I've personally seen guns SAVE and protect lives including my own.

    by Keith Schmidt

    September 6, 2012

  4. I just scanned through the Gun Violence Prevention Tool kit. When I looked at your data sources for deaths and injuries two things were quite apparent: 1. You resources are 15 years old in some cases, there is much more current data available; and 2. Many of your sources are political and unreliable so that their reporting is biased to say the least, e.g. the Brady data. The Brady gun control group has been found to manufacture data out of thin air.

    by Arthur L. McGinley, PhD

    April 28, 2012

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