Gun Sense Ministry Team
The purpose of this ministry is to empower Unity Church and its membership to be active citizens in this process of dialogue and creation of policy.
Each ministry team at Unity Church is required to partner with an organization outside of the church. Unity's Gun Sense Ministry Team partners with Protect Minnesota, the only independent state-focused organization working for reasonable gun safety policy solutions in Minnesota. We urge all of you to look at their website and to join the organization. We think that it is positive, focused and reliable.
If you would like to learn more about the work of this team, please contact Sue Conner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joan Duke at email@example.com.
May 2018: Gun Sense Ministry Team Update
A Visit to My Legislators: Easier than going to the dentist!
Hal Freshley, Gun Sense Ministry Team
It was not a difficult decision to put my name on Unity’s Gun Sense group list. But I was not sure that I wanted to be a protester either. I could, at least, talk to my state legislators — to see where they stood on the issues. So I looked them up on my iPhone.
I parked my car near Lexington and University and took the Green Line to the Capitol. I had the office number of my State Representative, Sheldon Johnson, and then found his office. Everyone I asked for directions was friendly and helpful. Rep. Johnson was in his office and welcomed me in. As easy as that! We talked for about 15 minutes — during which time he explained that he was not on any of the committees in which gun legislation might be considered, and as no “gun control” legislation was likely to pass out of any committee to the House floor in 2018, he probably would have no opportunity to express his gun regulation views. I thanked him for his time and proceeded to the new Senate Office Building.
I had never been in this new building, and when I again asked for help I was led directly to my State Senator, Foung Hawj’s office. He, too, was available to talk to a constituent. Sen. Hawj told me that although he is an ardent hunter, his major concern is the proliferation of firearms in inner-city neighborhoods and especially among teen gang members. However, as with my Representative, he is not presently on any Senate committees that might consider gun regulations in 2018.
I am glad I met them. Before these visits these persons could not have actually represented me. I got a better understanding of their perspectives as well. And it was a great lesson regarding the legislative process and the ability/inability of any one legislator to implement any policy — no matter how they stressed its importance during the election campaign. In a word, the experience was humanizing.
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