Our Stance on Firearm Violence – 2013
First Plymouth Adopts Position Statement on Firearm Violence
The First Plymouth Church Council unanimously adopted a First Plymouth public position statement on firearms violence at its February 12, 2013 meeting.
The position statement states that First Plymouth “supports legislation at the state and national level designed to reduce the present level of violence arising out of the improper use of firearms.” It then lists nine types of legislative action that the church supports. It closes with a statement that we “urge swift and affirmative action by our elected and appointed national and state level representatives.”
A complete copy of the position statement can be found by clicking here.
The Council action followed five weeks of congregational gatherings designed to solicit input from members and friends of the church. More than 100 people attended the meetings and shared their thoughts. A final report on the input process was delivered to Council by the Task Force prior to Council taking its vote.
A complete copy of the final report to Council can be found by clicking here.
A bibliography of educational resources including articles, hearings, and legislative actions can be found by clicking here.
As a result of this action, church leaders (ministers, staff, committee/ministry chairs, etc) as well as individual members have authority to cite First Plymouth as a supporter of legislation related to the nine areas enumerated in the position statement.
Members of the Task Force on Firearm Violence will continue to provide leadership for appropriate activities and are happy to discuss the issue at any time.
An article about the church’s stand against gun violence was published in the Denver Post on April 17, 2013. Click here to access the article.