We have a TREMENDOUS opportunity this month to dramatically reduce gun violence -- but we need your help now! It’s time to stand up with more than 1,300 faith congregations across our state!
On Stand-Up Sunday, January 31st, we’ll honor the Emanuel AME 9 by attuning our hearts and voices to address the epidemic . . . and by calling for moral, nonpartisan solutions that don’t threaten the 2nd Amendment right to lawfully own guns.
Watch this video to hear why faith leaders are taking a stand across South Carolina.
Voicing the necessity of thorough background checks for gun purchases is more vital now than ever because:
- This is NOT a partisan issue. In fact, 90% of South Carolinians want background checks on all gun purchases, so dangerous people can be prohibited.
- Funding’s not guaranteed. The President's actions hinge largely on funding that will likely get tied up in Congress, leaving the fate of thorough background checks in the hands of each state.
- Our voices are crucial! Enforcement will likely be neglected or impeded in a state if its legislators and enforcement agencies conclude that its citizens don't care about background checks and the epidemic of gun violence.
- We must be better neighbors. South Carolina is the sixth-leading supplier of crime guns to other states, so we cannot drag our feet in this effort.
Everything you’ll need to participate is found on our website HERE. On Stand-Up Sunday, faith leaders will:
- Address gun violence and the importance of our faith communities making their voices heard on this moral and public-health crisis (cover letter and sermon talking points attached).
- Encourage congregants to sign letters to legislators asking for background checks on all gun sales as they exit the service (letters to legislators, 2 pages attached).
- Ask for members to “stand up” for the Emanuel AME 9 by committing to travel to the State House for a rally when our state legislature is about to vote on background checks (sign them up here, scroll to the bottom of the page).
Thanks for taking this vital step to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands and for making South Carolina a safer place to live, learn and worship!
Stand-Up Sunday team of Gun Sense SC
P.S.: Email us with questions.
Galvanized by the Emanuel AME tragedy, Gun Sense SC is an independent, grassroots group of South Carolinians working hard to close the gaps in laws that make it too easy for guns to fall into the wrong hands – while supporting the Second Amendment right of citizens to lawfully own guns.