“We believe the epidemic of gun violence in our country is unacceptable” is a key principle of the Gun Violence Prevention Promise Group a UU group from Studio City. Find out how this began and what it hopes to accomplish on this vital topic.
Our speaker for July 30 is Dorothy Wait from Gun Violence Prevention Promise – a Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City Working Group. In the aftermath of the killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, a group of church members and friends came together to work on the issue of gun violence. The congregation at the Studio City Unitarian Universalist Society voted to support the efforts of this group, and proudly hangs a banner outside the church about the need for gun violence prevention. Agreed upon basic principles are:
- We believe the epidemic of gun violence in our country is unacceptable.
- We believe it is the responsibility of concerned citizens to actively advocate for reducing gun violence.
- We believe that we must work to support current legislative efforts to address the problem of persons with mental health issues gaining access to guns.
Dorothy is one of the members of this group and is passionate about increasing awareness of gun violence in our society and advocating for reform in our gun laws. The work is ongoing: the Gun Violence Prevention Promise Group members hope that promoting awareness and educating our citizenry about the effects of ineffective gun laws will eventually lead to reform in our gun laws.
To this end…Group members are reaching out to other faith communities and community organizations through face-to-face presentations, informing them of who we are and what we do. We also give tools for monitoring legislation and how to stay connected.