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.
April 2019: Gun Sense Ministry Team Update
Gun Sense: A Teacher's Perspective
From Sue Conner, Unity's Gun Sense Ministry Team
Gun Sense spoke again with longtime parents (and teachers) Jackie and Dave Smith. We asked:
How do you talk to your children about guns in the homes of friends and relatives? Do you ask parents of friends if there are guns in their home?
Jackie and Dave:
When our kids were young and we were with them at gatherings and play dates, we had a pretty good idea of who had guns (mostly no one). When we lived in a rural community and our kids were going to play dates without us, I would ask the parents directly. "Do you have guns, and if so, where do you keep them?" As the kids grew, we had very direct conversations with them about what to do if they saw a gun or if a friend showed them a gun. We gave them scenarios, offered language they could use, and assured them that they could always fall back on Mom and Dad as the heavy to get away from a gun (or anything ) that made them feel unsafe.
Gun Sense Ministry Team member Richard Birger will present Gun Safety for People Who Dislike Guns at Wellspring Wednesday on April 3.
The Minnesota House has passed two bills that our partner, Protect Minnesota considers to be sensible gun policy. The Senate now has an opportunity to do the same. We urge you to do what you can to influence members of the Minnesota Senate. Read about the bills at www.protectminnesota.org. To find your Minnesota State Senate District and your senator visit: https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/.
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