Gun Sense Legislative Advocacy Day
Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 10:00 AM
You, your parish, and your friends are invited to Jefferson City on Tuesday, March 7 to attend gun sense legislative advocacy day. This is an opportunity to join with Missourians all across the state to ask our legislators to protect our children and families by enacting sensible gun laws.
This event, sponsored by the MO chapter of Moms Demand Action, will begin with training and education and then offer participants a chance to visit legislators in groups of 8-10 people to advocate for common sense gun laws. You don’t need any experience, just the willingness to participate.
The Episcopal Church across Missouri will be hosting an interfaith prayer service on the steps of the state capitol between 10:40 and 11 a.m. as an optional part of the day's agenda. This is an opportunity for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement to raise our hearts and voices together for the common good.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude by 2 pm. You will receive more information once you register.
The Rev. Mary Haggerty is the Diocesan Missioner for Gun Violence Prevention. Please take a moment to fill out one more short form to let Mary know you will be attending:
Gun Sense Advocacy Day: March 7, 2023
Thank you for your interest in attending this advocacy day in Jefferson City. The Rev. Mary Haggerty, Diocesan Missioner for Gun Violence Prevention, will be in touch with additional details.
Please contact Rev. Mary if you have any questions.
If you are uncertain about attending this event, please consider these facts:
- Firearms are the leading cause of death among children and teens in the United States.
- Nearly 2/3 of gun deaths in the US are by firearm suicide.
- Every month an average of 70 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner.
- The rate of gun deaths in Missouri increased 56%↑ from 2009 to 2018, compared to an 18%↑ increase over this same time period nationwide.
- Missouri gun laws are some of the weakest in the country. Missouri has no law requiring background checks on unlicensed gun sales. State law also allows people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public without a permit or safety training. Missouri has no laws prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing guns.