Peace and Justice Committee
Preventing Gun Violence

Why Should Hunters (& Other Legal Gun Owners)
Support Gun Violence Prevention?

Every year thousands of young people die through the use of illegally owned handguns. How do these guns get into the hands of ex-convicts and youth who should not have them? What can legal handgun owners do to help stem the flow of these illegally owned firearms?

Bryan Miller and Drick Boyd, founding members of Heeding God's Call will address these and related questions, followed by open discussion.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010
7:30-9:00 pm
Cancelled because of Snow - to be rescheduled
Towamencin Mennonite Church
1980 Sumneytown Pike
Kulpsville, PA 19443

Heeding God's Call is a multi-faith organization committed to curbing the process of "straw purchasing" by calling on gun shops to monitor who they sell guns to more closely and by advocating for the passage of common sense laws.

Bryan Miller is Executive Director of Ceasefire NJ, the Garden State's leading organization devoted to reducing gun violence.

Miller is a graduate of Dickinson College and holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University. He left a twenty-five year career in international business to head up Ceasefire NJ after his only brother, FBI Special Agent Mike Miller, was shot and killed in a 1994 massacre at Washington, DC Police Headquarters. Mike was one of three law enforcement officers killed by a lone gunman wielding a concealed assault pistol.

Ceasefire NJ is one of the oldest and most successful state-based gun violence prevention organizations in the country and is proud of its success in gaining the nation's strongest state Assault Weapons Ban and defending it against gun lobby attempts to overturn it. Ceasefire NJ also created and promoted what became the nation's first Childproof Handgun Law, enacted in December 2002. In early 2008, Ceasefire NJ succeeded in gaining passage of four new state gun laws, including a requirement that lost or stolen firearms be reported to police, an unprecedented gun violence prevention success.

Drick Boyd is Professor of Urban and Interdisciplinary Studies at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA and a member of West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship.

Boyd is a graduate of Duke University (BA), Gordon-Conwell (M.Div) and Nova Southeastern University (EdD). He served as an American Baptist pastor for 16 years until 1997 when he joined the faculty of Eastern University. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for many community concerns including adult literacy, quality public education, drug abuse prevention, homelessness and gun violence. He is a founding member of Heeding God's Call. Boyd is the author of many articles including "The War Abroad, The War at Home" in the May 2009 issue of PRISM magazine documenting the links between militarism and domestic gun violence.

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Last Updated: February 16, 2010