By NR Staff • 

Church plans walk against gun violence

At a meeting held Feb. 27 in Linthicum Heights, Md., the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council took a concerted stand against gun violence and trafficking. It formally enunciated its position in a resolution expressing “profound sorrow at the epidemic of gun violence.”

The resolution urges members of the church to work toward “comprehensive social responses that seek to stem the cycles of violence that fuel gun crime.” The authors call on fellow Episcopalians to join them in pledging to “examine our own cultural attitudes toward violence through efforts in congregations and communities, to repent of our own roles in the glorification and trivialization of violence, and to commit ourselves to another way.”

In D.C., Episcopal bishops, clergy and members plan to walk the Stations of the Cross in the National Mall.

Local supporters will gather in the church parking lot at 822 S.W. Second St. at 3:30 p.m., then walk east to the corner of Second and Adams Streets to display a processional cross and banner. Holding signs, they plan to maintain a vigil there until 6:30.

They have extended an invitation to members of other local faith communities, and other supporters of the cause, to join them for all or part of the event. They are urging them to bring signs as well.

The church’s soup kitchen will be serving hot meals from 4 to 6 p.m. It has invited participants to partake in the meal as well if they wish.

A petition recently circulated among members of the St. Barnabas congregation calls for common-sense gun legislation and mental health treatment. It has been forwarded to the president and members of Congress.



Why not just a march against violence in general?


is it me? or is it ironic that a group would march against gun violence, but carry a cross which one would assume to be a much more violent way to die.


No one is killing people with crosses these days, nor is anyone proposing to. People are killing people with guns, however.
The cross is widely recognized as a symbol of the Christian faith. I think it would be quite a stretch to view it as a symbol of violence.
I'm not trying to speak for the church or marchers, just offering my own analysis as an impartial outside observer.
Steve Bagwell, Managing Editor


I appreciate your opinion Mr Bagwell. I must also concede that it would be a stretch because the cross is a symbol of the christian faith, a rememberance of a death for societies sins. I feel the need to call the kettle black though, violence is violence even if it is not currently practiced. I firmly believe guns are a tool, as are knives, sticks, rocks, cars, baseball bats, semi-trucks etc. As I watch current events it seems to me that people want to make laws but not recognize personal responsibility.

Michael Tubbs Sr

I see where our government will now be handing out not only high-capacity semi-auto small arms & ammo to civilians, but heavy weaponry as well.

Background checks non-applicable of course, as long as you're not an American.


Good point Mr Tubbs.

Michael Tubbs Sr

Just something to ponder.

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