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Our Stance on Firearm Violence

In 2013, First Plymouth Church adopted a public statement and position on firearm violence. The statement says, in part, that we support “legislation at the state and national level designed to reduce the present level of violence arising out of the improper use of firearms.” A complete copy of the statement can be found here.

That same year, the church’s Reduce Gun Violence Committee, which was created to implement the congregational position statement, helped mobilize church members to speak out and communicate with state legislators in the 2013 legislative session as a package of common-sense gun safety measures was being debated. Five progressive laws were passed, all aimed at reducing the level of gun violence in our state. A First Plymouth representative appeared at one of the legislative hearings to present our position on the issue.

In 2014, the committee helped form an interfaith coalition called Colorado Faith Communities United to End Violence. This coalition, made up of more than two dozen congregations of several faith traditions, works year-round to continue advocating for common sense gun safety laws, and presented extensive testimony during the 2015 legislative session as many of the existing gun safety bills were being attached.

The coalition also promotes gun safety messages as a public health issue to the general community, including launching a new program called Ask a Doc, which seeks to get health care professionals talking about guns in the home and safe storage of guns with their patients.

The First Plymouth Reduce Gun Violence Committee presents Christian Education programs at the church on this issue twice a year.

For more information contact Jerry Arca, Chair of the committee.