September 4, 2021
The Guns to Gardens logo is used with the permission of Community United Church of Christ in Boulder, CO
A National Disarming Event:
at local congregations
Sept. 4, 2021
This September 3rd – 5th in Houston, the NRA will celebrate its 150th anniversary and the achievement of its goal of “guns everywhere.” We now have approximately 400 million guns in civilian hands.
What else has 150 years of the NRA brought us?
Death: Over 100 people die every day from gun violence, with 200 more wounded, making dying by gun violence the leading cause of death for children and youth in the United States.
Trauma: We have thousands of children traumatized in their schools and neighborhoods which greatly impacts their ability to learn and thrive.
Fear: Our communities have internalized a culture of fear knowing we could be shot at the mall, a movie theatre, a concert, a night club and even at the grocery store buying food for our families.
150 years of the NRA has created a world where gun industry profits matter more than human lives.
It is time for the church to say: Enough.
We can say NO MORE to the world created by the NRA and begin creating a different world. A world that embodies the vision of the prophet Isaiah — where swords will be beaten into plowshares and children will no longer learn the way of violence.
PPF is asking you join with other congregations across the United States on Sept. 4 to host a disarming event at your church.
- Invite people in your church or community to safely surrender guns that they no longer want.
- Pray with or listen to the story of the person bringing the unwanted gun.
- All you need is a chop saw and an outside concrete area near a power source to disarm unwanted guns.
- Send the scrap parts to RAWtools to be made into garden tools or art.
In partnership with RAWtools our goal is to disarm 150 guns on September 4th — one gun for each year of the NRA’s existence.
PPF will provide a brief training on Aug 19 at 3pm ET to equip your church to host a local event.
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*** Even one firearm disarmed is a contribution to peacemaking ***