With gun violence on the rise across America, more faith groups are getting involved in gun control debates.
Robert Wright is the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. He is an outspoken advocate of gun control and has addressed the Georgia State Legislature on the subject.
Bryan Miller is executive director of Heeding God’s Call, a grass-roots, faith-based movement to prevent gun violence. His brother was one of three law enforcement officers killed in a massacre at a police station in 1994. Miller chaired the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s panel that wrote its denominational policy on gun violence. Heeding God’s Call is based […]
Rachel Laser is the president and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an advocacy organization that seeks to reduce entanglement between the government and faith groups. She previously served as deputy director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, where she worked on social justice issues, including gun control, abortion […]
A Sept. 17, 2013, infographic by The Huffington Post details 16 mass shootings that occurred nationwide during the first nine months of 2013.
Read a Sept. 18, 2013, column by Jonathan Merritt on whether Rick Warren might wade into the gun control debate in light of his son’s suicide.
More than 30,000 Americans die each year from gun violence, yet gun control has not emerged as a significant agenda item for faith-based organizations seeking to affect public policy.
Franklin E. Zimring is William G. Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Law School. He specializes in issues of criminology, violence and family law.
Don Lindley is an assistant professor of criminology at Jesuit-run Regis University in Denver and was a member of the Denver Police Department for 33 years.