GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION TASK FORCE MISSION and VISION:
Mission: To educate, advocate and organize to prevent gun violence and to respond to the impact of gun violence through sustained action in partnership with advocacy groups, elected officials, schools, children, youth, families, public safety and public health officials, and inter-faith leaders.
Vision: We create communities that are peaceful, safe and secure -- where people do not live in fear of the impact of gun violence and we protect the sacredness of every human being.
Task Force members include: Karen Alexander, Dan Carrillo, Judith Carter, Virginia Classick, Gerti Garner, Linda Magarian, Sandy Padgett and Rise Worthy-Deamer.
For more information visit the “Gun Violence Prevention Task Force“ OCC Ministry page.
Read the Statement from the Rector on the Mass Shooting in Oregon, October 1, 2015
Statement from the Rector on the Charleston Shootings, June 18, 2015:
Our hearts are broken at the unimaginable tragedy that took the lives of nine members of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina -- including Senior Minister, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
At All Saints Church we are committed to confronting and eradicating racism in all forms, as well as to addressing and preventing gun violence. This tragedy further strengthens our resolve to bring an end to the epidemic of gun violence that has infected our nation, resulting in senseless death, grief and loss. And it calls us to once again challenge the toxic influence of systemic racism that plagues our nation.
President Obama said in his remarks this morning, “Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy. There is something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace, in a place of worship.” I would add that there is something particularly horrifying about the death happening to black lives gathered for worship at the hands of a white racist gunman. And that when communities are targeted because of any kind of difference, it creates a tear in the fabric of our common humanity.
We at All Saints Church call on all people of faith and good will to stand with our Mother Emanuel Church faith family in this tragic time – and then to redouble our efforts to work to be the change we want to see in the world.
Our Faith Calls us to Love and Action
Gun Violence Press Conference,
Dec. 30, 2012
- O God of Life, Creator of the universe, Sustainer of all, we come before you in sorrow and anger at the killing on our streets and in our schools, workplaces and houses of worship. We come in repentance at our own participation in the culture of violence in our land. We come in hope borne of past victories over injustice, asking for strength and clarity and fortitude, that we might bring about transformation in our laws, in the ways we resolve conflict and address fear, in our tolerance for violence, in the hearts of our leaders and our fellow Americans. May we become a people who put our trust in You, not in our weapons. By your mighty power, and in your overwhelming love, renew our vision for peace and safety in our land, beginning with us today, we pray. Amen. [source: Interfaith Council of Southwestern CT]
- For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh but through love be servants of one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. -- Galatians 5:13-15
- You must all think of what is best for each other and for the community. -- Thessalonians 5:16
On Monday, March 25, 2013, hundreds of Episcopalians from Connecticut and Washington, DC held a Holy Week pilgrimage for gun control, marking Stations of the Cross between the White House and Capitol Hill. Suffragan Bishop Mary Glasspool was among those in attendance. View a photo slideshow of the event here.
Read Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto's February 13, 2013 Huffington Post article on Luke 4:1-13: Giving Up Guns for Lent here.
Consider Unloading Your Investments
Did you know that some assault weapon manufacturing companies and high capacity ammunition companies are publicly traded?
And, did you know that these companies might be part of your investment portfolio?
One member of the All Saints Church Gun Violence Prevention Task Force did a quick check and found out that her husband’s retirement funds likely include companies that manufacture assault weapons and high capacity ammunition.
Three publicly traded gun industry stocks are contained in many 401(k) or mutual funds: The Olin Corporation; Sturm, Ruger & Co.; and Smith and Wesson Holding Corporation. The Olin Corporation is a manufacturer of high capacity ammunition and certain chemicals. Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson manufacture a wide variety of firearms including the semiautomatic rifles that are known as assault weapons. A Smith & Wesson semi-automatic assault rifle was used in the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre mass shooting.
What can you do?
1. Look over your investments. Gun companies are often concealed in mutual funds or identified by a symbol or company name that the average investor may not recognize as a gun-related.
2. Call your stockbroker and/or the fund manager of your mutual funds. Ask if you are invested in any gun companies or funds that may be exposed to gun companies. By raising questions about the content of your portfolio, you can make informed decisions regarding where your money is invested.
3. Go to www.unloadyour401k.com. Enter your 401(k) provider in the “search” field. Click on “search.”
The search results will tell you whether your 401(k) provider is likely invested in one of 3 gun industry stocks: The Olin Corporation (OLN); Sturm, Ruger & Co. (RGR); or Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (SWHC).
Free Gun Disposal Offered by the Pasadena Police Department:
All types of firearms are accepted, including pistols, rifles, shotguns, antiques, or replicas, regardless of their condition. There are no costs associated with surrendering your firearm. Community members can request a police officer to respond to their home or business in Pasadena, where they can surrender the weapon. Individuals may also transport the unloaded weapon to the Pasadena Police Department at 207 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena. If you intend to transport the firearm into the police station, please contact the Pasadena Police Department beforehand at (626) 744-4241. The police operator will provide instruction on the safe and legal means for transportation. Gun registration or related paperwork is helpful, although not necessary to voluntarily surrender the firearm.
The police department also accepts unwanted ammunition; however, military ordinance requires special handling and will be evaluated for safe disposal by law enforcement personnel on a case by case basis.
Removing unwanted firearms by turning them into law enforcement is an important step community members can take to ensure guns never end up in unintended hands and possibly used in a violent crime.
Federal Law and Legislation — CRS Report on Gun Laws and Legislation.
Public Interest Groups
- Brady Campaign
- Childrens Defense Fund
- Mayors Against Illegal Guns
- Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
- Organizing for America
- Women Against Gun Violence
- Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
- National Association of Mental Illness
- Fuller Seminary Gun Issue Resources
- Asking Saves Kids
- Campaign to Unload