Ripples of opinion and discourse follow Missouri faith leaders' press conference
The press conference of Missouri faith leaders united against conceal carry laws in houses of worship currently in the Missouri Legislature produced an immediate blast of local news, a thoughtful round of national and religious news attention, and continues being cited in opinions across Missouri and in personal communications with legislators.
The news of the governor's indictments and report from fellow legislators has altered the schedule of the assembly considerably, but the House Bills in question have cleared committees and could be brought to the floor at any time for a vote.
Here are links to texts, resources, and major articles:
- Press conference notice with the five points of unity from the faith leaders including Bishop Wayne Smith
- Bishop Wayne's letter on Conceal and Carry
- Video of the press conference
- Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention, the Rev. Marc Smith, outlines the work of the diocese in this area
- Initial local media reporting included: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star, KSDK, KMOV, KMOX, FOX2, Missourinet
Longer pieces in
- Anglican News Service: Missouri faith leaders unite against proposals to ease restrictions on guns in sacred spaces
- Religion News Service: Clergy reject Missouri bill on concealed guns in churches by Jack Jenkins
- Episcopal News Service: Episcopalians balance fear with preparation in the wake of U.S. mass shootings: Churches grapple with ways to keep safe and keep the faith