March 23, 2005
YORK (UMNS)--The Rev. R. Randy Day, chief executive of the mission
agency of the United Methodist Church, made a strong appeal for gun
control in the wake of the shooting of 10 people in rural Minnesota on
reiterated a denominational call, made last year, for legislative
action to limit the manufacture, sale, and possession of firearms, and
urged schools, churches, and the entertainment industry, including video
game makers, to do more to focus attention away from violence and gun
who is top executive of the Board of Global Ministries, asked President
George W. Bush to "lead a massive American campaign to control guns and
end gun violence." He urged the President, who is a member of the
United Methodist Church, to resist the powerful gun lobby in favor of
programs of tightened sales restrictions and of "gun amnesty," or
surrender, in return for tax credits.
"The time for righteous action for gun control is now!" he said.
teenaged gunman shot and killed 10 people and wounded a dozen more at
the Red Lake High School and, reportedly, also killed his grandparents,
on March 21. He then turned the gun on himself.
called attention to the work being done by his agency’s Women’s
Division to limit the exposure of minors to video games featuring gun
violence. Those efforts are both legislative and educational.
2000 United Methodist General Conference, the church’s highest
legislative body, adopted a strong statement in favor of greater gun
control, which still stands and is part of the 2004 Book of Resolutions.
pointed out that the deaths of young people by gun violence are hardly
limited to rampages like that in Red Lake. "One major newspaper," he
said, "callously reported that Red Lake shooting "was the worst at a
school since 15 people were killed at Columbine High School near
Littleton, Colo., in 1999," as though a five year interval between
school massacres was somehow a reason for hope. Every day, young people
in this country are gunned down both by their peers and their elders."
The full text of Day’s statement can be found at http://gbgm-umc.org/global_news/pr.cfm?articleid=3082&CFID=2988.
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