We continue our reflection on God’s call to us through the ELCA’s “60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence.”
DAY 51: Everyday Americans Finally Get Their Say
This year the ELCA has invested in building relationships with Everytown for Gun Safety in its work organizing and mobilizing “mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners and everyday Americans” to end gun violence and build safer communities.
The Everytown group Moms Demand Action has been particularly effective in advocating for gun sense in local communities and for an end to violence across the country. In addition to everyday moms, Everytown shares the voices and stories of mayors, students, and survivors.
Online resources include a current database of state gun laws and trends; graphics and statistics; fact sheets and reports on various aspects of gun violence, root causes, and prevention; and Everytown advocacy efforts and opportunities. Some of our ELCA Advocacy state-level offices have worked on such initiatives, for example, the Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey.