Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of more than 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.
Including processions, vigils and prayers services to commemorate the dead and inspire the living.
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.
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.
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