Raising Awareness about Gun Violence
Did you know that a Mass Shooting is any incident in which four or more people are shot, harmed or killed by a gun?
Did you know that the U.S. has the 32nd-highest rate of deaths from gun violence in the world: 3.96 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019. That was more than eight times as high as the rate in Canada, which had 0.47 deaths per 100,000 people — and nearly 100 times higher than in the United Kingdom, which had 0.04 deaths per 100,000 (NPR – Gun Violence US vs the Rest of the World).
Did you know that the total gun death rate in Virginia increased 20% from 2012 to 2016, driven directly by a rise in homicides? And, here in Richmond in 2019 alone, there were 60 lives lost to gun violence (The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence)?
Orange is the color of safety.
You may have noticed that your clergy have worn orange stoles after shootings in Richmond and beyond. The Community Engagement Committee at St. Paul’s is starting a new initiative and invites your participation.
Beginning this Sunday, June 13, (and every second Sunday thereafter) the community of St. Paul’s will wear orange to recognize our own dedication to ending gun violence and raising awareness about gun safety. We realize that there are many opinions about the personal ownership of guns. When we wear orange, it is not a statement about whether or not we should own guns. Rather, it is a statement about gun safety and ending the unnecessary loss of life associated with gun ownership.
Please join the St. Paul’s community as we take responsibility for how we are called to care for ourselves, to care for each other, and learn more about the ways in which guns impact our lives, our community, and our world.
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See you in church.