About Us

Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of nearly 100 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.

We believe in a God of life in the face of death who calls our church to speak and act decisively against the unholy trinity of poverty, racism and violence.

In the struggle against these evils, our group offers four contributions.

Public liturgy

Including processions, vigils and prayers services to commemorate the dead and inspire the living.

Spiritual support

For those living with gun shot wounds, with grief, with fear and with the temptation of hopelessness, and advocacy for broader and easier access to mental health services for those at risk of suicide.

Sound teaching

For those yearning to bring an ethic of Christian compassion and concern for the common good to bear on debates regarding unjust economic and legal structures, public safety, individual rights and our responsibilities to one another as children of God.

Persistent advocacy

For common sense gun safety measures that enjoy the support of gun owners and non-gun owners alike, such as

  • Handgun purchaser licensing
  • Background checks on all gun purchasers
  • Restrictions on gun ownership by domestic abusers
  • Classification of gun trafficking as a federal crime
  • Encouragement for the development of “smart gun” technology
  • Federal funding for research into gun violence prevention strategies
  • Safe storage of firearms