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.
Our Faith Calls us to Love and Action
- 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
Consider Unloading Your Investments
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.
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.
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. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32842.pdf
Public Interest Groups
- Brady Campaign http://www.bradycampaign.org/
- Mayors Against Illegal Guns https://everytown.org/mayors/
- Coalition to Stop Gun Violence http://csgv.org/
- Women Against Gun Violence http://wagv.org/
- Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles http://www.vpcgla.org/
- National Association of Mental Illness https://www.nami.org/
- Asking Saves Kids http://askingsaveskids.org/
- Campaign to Unload