Take action to end gun violence!

Tell Congress Enough: We mourn the violence and insist on tightened gun legislation NOW! 

Our nation is in mourning following the tragic deaths of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This act was quickly identified as a hate crime, committed by a gunman shouting anti-Semitic vitriol. He carried an AR-15 and other weapons to take the lives of people because of their Jewish faith. We were horrified when two African American shoppers were gunned down by a white man in Kentucky, also being investigated as a hate crime. In the wake of more mass shooting tragedies, we must not become numb to such evil and must act to oppose anti-Semitism, white supremacy and all form of hate through word and deed.

We now must mourn the devastating loss of innocent lives that too often accompany hate crimes in our country. And, when Congress returns to work following the November elections, it is also imperative that we address the gun violence in our nation.


We have already resolved as a church to work for the passage and strict enforcement of laws that control the manufacture and sale of weapons not used for hunting and sport, or for use other than law enforcement and military purposes. A resolution on community violence was adopted by the 1993 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, which called for

“passage and strict enforcement of local, state, and national legislation that rigidly controls manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, purchase, transfer, receipt, possession and transportation of handguns, assault weapons and assault-like weapons and their parts, excluding rifles and shotguns used for hunting and sporting purposes, for use other than law enforcement and military purposes.”

(Read the complete ELCA social policy resolution, “Community Violence – Gun Control," here.  

See also the 2016 Churchwide Assembly Memorial on Gun Violence Prevention here.

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, responded to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in a letter shared 10/27/2018. (read here)

Updated 10/30/18


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