Date and Time: Saturday, June 15, 2013, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Location: Lewinsville Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
1724 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA
Gun Violence and Gospel Values -
Possible Church Responses
The Speaker will be
Rev. J. Herbert Nelson
Director of the Office of Public Witness
Presbyterian Church (USA), Washington, DC.
The massacre of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School got everybody's attention, but how many Americans realize that we have much higher rates of gun violence than any other modern country in the world? What about the over 30,000 Americans who die from guns every year, one by one, unnoticed? Over half of them are suicides. Guns are very efficient tools for death. How should we balance the constitutional right to bear arms as established by the Supreme Court against the huge toll in life and injury in which guns play a role? How can the church play a constructive role?
Following the simple continental breakfast, Rev. Nelson will talk about the magnitude of gun violence in America, attitudes toward guns in American culture, the constitutional issues, the politics and economics of gun sales, legislative efforts at gun control, and the position of our denomination on these issues.
We also expect to have comments from a Presbyterian member of the National Rifle Association.
Everyone is invited to this free breakfast. Tell your neighbors and friends. Contact the church for details or directions, 703-356-7200, or Ray Martin, 703-556-0123, email firstname.lastname@example.org. An RSVP is not required, but is helpful.