It is a headline we have seen too many times – on February 14th 17 teachers and students in Parkland, FL were killed by a former classmate, who was heavily armed. Despite the horror of recent mass shootings, and the less visible day-to-day toll taken by gun violence around the country, Congress has failed to enact any reasonable gun violence prevention legislation.
It is time to say – Enough! As people of faith, we are called to heal our society’s acceptance of violence and idolatrous fascination with weapons. Here are three things you can do:
1. Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
Even as public support for reasonable gun safety measures, there are some in Congress who are threatening to undermine states’ efforts to strengthen their gun safety laws. There is concern that the Senate may attach the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (which the House passed last year) to any positive legislation that might be advanced. This bill would force states with strong concealed-carry permit requirements to recognize permits issued by states with more lax permit requirements.
This is a dangerous step and has widely been opposed by state governors and law enforcement. Take action – Tell your Senators to oppose concealed carry reciprocity!
2. Join the March for our Lives.
The students of Parkland are inviting us to march with them in Washington, DC and at sister marches throughout the country on March 24th. Planning to come to DC? Let us know and we’ll keep you updated on opportunities to connect with out UCC members in DC.
3. Advocate in your State
There is a lot you can do to advance gun safety legislation from home. Download our two-page guide for ideas.