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November 13, 2018

Ways to Respond to Gun Violence

By Rev. Sandie Richards, Co-Coordinator
Cal-Pac Peace with Justice 

Susan Orfanos is over it. Her son Telemachus Orfanos survived the Las Vegas shooting, but did not make it home from the Thousand Oaks shooting. In her anguish, she declares, “I DON’T WANT THOUGHTS. I DON’T WANT PRAYERS. I WANT GUN CONTROL.”  

It is no wonder she feels that way. She has heard, “You are in our thoughts and prayers”, to mean, that’s all we will do– think and pray. 

Following on the heels of the tragic massacre in a synagogue in Philadelphia, it certainly feels like prayers are not all there is. We need to take action.  

So as faithful people, we will think deeply, pray fervently, and act effectively to help end this public health crisis in our nation.  

Here are some resources and practical ways we can move toward more common sense safety measures for all: