Gun Violence Prevention Promise – a UUCSC Working Group

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 the issue of gun violence. Raising awareness of this issue brought about the development of a Statement of Conscience, below, which was approved by the congregation in April 2014.

Statement of Conscience

We, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, proclaim the following:

  •  We believe the epidemic of gun violence in our country is unacceptable.
  •  We believe it is the responsibility of concerned citizens to actively advocate for reducing gun violence.
  •  We believe that we must work to support current legislative efforts to address the problem of persons with mental health issues gaining access to guns.

We encourage our congregation to become active in support of legislation, interfaith, and community efforts in support of these principles. 

Our work is ongoing: We recognize that legislative change is the bottom line, and we hope to employ numerous methods to bring that about. However, prior to that happening we must raise awareness and educate our citizenry about the effects of ineffective gun laws. To this end….

  • We are reaching out to other UU churches, faith communities and community organizations through face-to-face presentations. We inform them of who we are and what we do. We also give them tools for monitoring legislation and how to stay connected.
  • We contact our elected officials primarily by phone when we want to support specific legislation. We have found that signing online petitions is not an effective tool.
  • Currently we are making known our opposition to the reciprocity bills churning through Congress. House bill H.R.38 and Senate bill S.446 would allow any person to carry a concealed handgun in California and in any state provided they carry a valid permit/license that allows them to do so. These bills would replace the strong state laws we have in California with those that apply in the weakest states.
  • We connect with organizations working on this issue, particularly with the Brady Campaign and Women Against Gun Violence.
  • We meet with local, state and federal elected officials to see where we can join forces.
  • We will hold our 4th March and Rally near the anniversary of Sandy Hook in December.
  • We have had a presence at the Studio City Farmers Market to promote our work and educate the public.
  • We conducted a workshop on how to start a gun violence group at the UUA Pacific Southwest District Assembly in 2016.
  • We will continue to present educational forums.
  • We invite elected officials to participate in our programs, particularly our Annual March and Rally
     

    We welcome your interest and encourage you to get involved. This is not a time for discouragement. Please contact us at info@uustudiocity.org and get involved.

     

    June 2017

    Dorothy Wait, chair

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