Gun Violence Prevention & Safety
The Reduce Gun Violence Committee (RGV) supports reasonable gun safety laws and educates the general public about the public health issue that gun violence has become. Formed following the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012, the RGV Committee was a founding member of Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence, an interfaith coalition of more than 50 faith communities working together.
First Plymouth RGV has been a significant participant with CFCU and other organizations in getting 17 major gun safety bills passed and signed into law by the Colorado legislature, while overturning 12 bills that work against common sense firearm regulations.
Recent activities have included protesting at the State Capitol, participating in candlelight vigils, and organizing public demonstrations on our church corner.
For more information, please contact the Reduce Gun Violence Committee at RGV@firstplymouthchurch.org
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION BELIEFS
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a progressive Christian denomination that values social justice and peace. While the UCC does not have an official, unified stance on gun violence, its individual congregations and members often express concern about the issue and work towards solutions to reduce it. Some common beliefs and actions related to gun violence within the UCC community include:
- Advocating for gun control: Many UCC members support stricter gun control laws, including background checks, limits on high-capacity magazines, and bans on assault weapons. They may participate in public demonstrations, write letters to lawmakers, or lobby for policy changes at the state and federal levels.
- Promoting nonviolence: The UCC emphasizes the teachings of Jesus, who advocated for love and nonviolence. Members often work to address the root causes of gun violence, such as poverty, mental health issues, and systemic racism, through community outreach and social justice initiatives.
- Supporting survivors of gun violence: UCC congregations may provide resources, counseling, and spiritual support to individuals and families affected by gun violence. They may also partner with local organizations to raise awareness and support community-based interventions for prevention.
- Praying for peace: UCC members often engage in prayer and reflection to seek guidance and strength in addressing gun violence. They may pray for the victims, their families, and the perpetrators, as well as for wisdom and courage for those working to end gun violence.
- Education and awareness: Many UCC members believe in the importance of educating their communities about the facts and statistics surrounding gun violence. They may host workshops, seminars, or discussions to raise awareness and promote informed conversations about the issue and prevention.
- Conflict resolution: UCC congregations may encourage nonviolent conflict resolution skills, teaching members how to address disputes and disagreements without resorting to violence. They may provide training and workshops on effective communication, empathy, and understanding.
- Community partnerships: UCC members often collaborate with local organizations, law enforcement agencies, schools, and other faith communities to address gun violence within their communities. These partnerships can involve sharing resources, coordinating events, and working together on policy advocacy.
- Responsible gun ownership: While some UCC members support stricter gun control measures, others may emphasize responsible gun ownership, including proper storage, gun safety training, and adherence to existing laws and regulations.
- Youth engagement: Recognizing that young people are often disproportionately affected by gun violence, UCC congregations may engage with youth through mentorship programs, after-school activities, and community service projects. These initiatives aim to provide positive alternatives to gun violence and foster a sense of belonging and purpose.
These beliefs represent a range of perspectives within the UCC denomination, reflecting the diversity of its congregations and members. Overall, the UCC’s commitment to social justice, compassion, and nonviolence shapes its approach to addressing the issue of gun violence prevention and safety.