Panel will discuss reducing gun violence

"Reducing Gun Violence in Washington - A Moral Imperative"
Apr 01, 2013

In 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings.  This is the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day and more than three deaths each hour. (Statistics from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/ .)

It is also ten times as many people as were killed in the twin towers on 9/11/01.  Since 9/11, more than 100 times as many have died from guns - equivalent to losing an entire city the size of St Louis.

Another 73,505 were wounded by guns in 2010 alone, and even more know a victim or are haunted by having witnessed a shooting.  Those people are also victims.

It is hard to wrap one's head around statistics, where the deaths are scattered throughout the country.  But, the tragedy of Sandy Hook is now waking people up to a moral imperative.

How should we respond?  What are the issues, and what are viable solutions?

Please attend the panel discussion "Reducing Gun Violence in Washington - A Moral Imperative" on Tuesday, April 9 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St, Edmonds.

Hosted by EUMC and sponsored by the Peace & Justice Committee of Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, this panel will present first-hand encounters with gun violence, the extent and impact of gun violence in Washington, the current process to purchase firearms, as well as explain existing laws and legislative efforts to enact universal background checks.

Attendees will also learn what they can do.

Panelists include Ralph Fascitelli, President of the Board of Washington Ceasefire; Reverend Sanford (Sandy) Brown, Seattle First United Methodist Church and member of the Faith Action Network; John Lovick, Snohomish County Sheriff; Christian Sinderman, Strategist, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility; Marina Moscovici and Maryjane Wheble, parents & recently relocated long-time Newtown, CT residents; and Pamela Van Swearingen, local Attorney.

Questions?  please contact Cindy Creager, peaceandjustice@euuc.org.  This description and the flier can also be found at http://www.nwuujn.org/news/view/226123/?topic=28535.

 

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