According to Cure Violence, a nonprofit ranked #9 on Global Journal’s Top 100 NGOs in 2013, violence is an epidemic, and the leading cause of death for persons under 34 years old. Christians profess to be followers of Jesus, who met his end in a most violent and terrible way at about age 33 ,and whose last commandment to his disciples before his trial was to “Put down your sword!”
Below, a “Get Involved” Public Service Announcement with a specific word for faith leaders:
Below, an informative call-to-action from Shannon Watts, which we felt called to share with you:
About Save Our Streets Crown Heights
Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.) is a community-based effort to end neighborhood gun violence. Working closely with local organizations, neighborhood churches and pastors, community residents and the individuals most likely to commit a shooting, they provide immediate intervention after a shooting, reaching out to the victim, friends, and family to ensure that a retaliatory shooting does not take place. They work closely with neighborhood leaders and businesses to promote a visible and public message against gun violence. The goal is to end the spread of violence by encouraging local voices to articulate that shooting is an unacceptable behavior. Visit their website for Clergy Action Network, details, including community resources, plus a useful book entitled “Praying with Our Feet: Faith-Based Activism to Stop Shootings and Killings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Beyond.”
About Moms Demand Action
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was founded to demand action NOW to: 1) Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. 2) Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases. 3) Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF, and ban online sales of ammunition. 4) Counter gun industry lobbyists’ efforts to weaken gun laws at the state level.
Taking Action: Next Steps
There are many ways to step in and take action to cure our epidemic of violence. We need to foster hope, through jobs and training and opportunities. And yes, we need to have that difficult conversation about civil liberties – the right to feel safe and the right to bear arms, and the times when those rights collide.
Interested in working to cure violence? See our Take Action page for more ideas.