Gun Violence

Recent General Convention Resolutions on Gun Violence
Implement Laws to Decrease Gun Violence

Concurred as Amended

Final text:


That the 78th General Convention on the 50th anniversary of the murder of seminarian Jonathan Daniels, urge all legislators at federal, state and local levels to help decrease gun violence by implementing laws that;

    1. Require permits to carry concealed weapons and criminal background checks for every gun purchase, including those made at gun shows; and
    2. Except for the use of military and law enforcement agencies, ban the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and
    3. Ban the importation and manufacture of Full-Auto Conversion kits that convert guns into automatic weapons; and
    4. Tighten laws against gun trafficking, and increase penalties for those who engage in “straw purchases” of firearms for ineligible persons; and
    5. Prohibit persons from purchasing guns without evidence of gun safety training; and
    6. Recognize the impact of existing inheritance laws on the transfer of gun ownership; and
    7. Promote funding for research into the prevention and causes of gun violence.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of…The Episcopal Church, Salt Lake City, 2015 (New York: General Convention, 2015), p. 328.



The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church is a proponent of gun safety and gun reform. We advocate for a wide variety of reasonable measures the U.S. can take to reduce gun violence such as gun registration and permit requirements, background check improvements, and funding for research to prevent gun violence.

Christian Formation Resources

Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a network of nearly 100 Episcopal Church bishops, urging our cities, states, and nation to adopt policies and pass legislation that will reduce the number of people in the U.S. killed and wounded by gunfire.  Their website offers information, liturgical resources and details of the Wear Orange for Gun Safety Sunday on the first weekend of June each year.

Ohioans for Gun Safety is a grassroots organization collecting signatures to put common sense background checks for gun safety in front of the Ohio legislature, and if they don’t act, on the ballot.

Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence works to prevent gun violence through education, advocacy and public awareness.

Everytown and Moms Demand Action work together to end gun violence and advocate for reasonable gun laws that will make our communities safer.  Local chapters of Moms Demand Action work throughout Ohio.

The Prevention Institute has developed an extensive list of recommendations for preventing gun violence including policies and practices for communities.

Gun Safety and Violence Prevention Education for Youth

Where’s Daryl?” is an eight lesson curriculum to educate youth about the nature, extent and outcomes of gun violence in their communities.

Adult formation

Each Other’s Keeper: The Church’s Response to Violence is an adult formation curriculum developed by the Episcopal Diocese of of Missouri that is focused on the role of faith communities in understanding the many dimensions of violence in our society and ways in which they might care for both its victims and perpetrators.



Cook, Philip J. and Kristin A. GossThe Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® 2nd Edition

“… noted economist Philip J. Cook and political scientist Kristin A. Goss delve into the issues that Americans debate when they talk about guns. With a balanced and broad-ranging approach, the authors thoroughly cover the latest research, data, and developments on gun ownership, gun violence, the firearms industry, and the regulation of firearms. The authors also tackle sensitive issues such as the impact of gun violence on quality of life, the influence of exposure to gun violence on mental health, home production of guns, arming teachers, the effect of concealed weapons on crime rates, and the ability of authorities to disarm people who aren’t allowed to have a gun.”

Henigan, Dennis. “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People” And Other Myths about Gun Violence

“The gun lobby’s remarkable success in using engaging slogans to frame the gun control debate has allowed it to block lifesaving gun legislation for decades. But is there any truth to this bumper-sticker logic? Dennis Henigan exposes the mythology and misguided thinking at the core of these pro-gun catchphrases, which continue to have an outsized influence on public attitudes toward guns and gun control. He counters the gun lobby’s messages by weaving together the most compelling current research and insights drawn from the grim reality of deadly gunfire in our homes and communities. Henigan charts a new path toward ending the American nightmare of gun violence.”

Webster, Daniel W. and Jon S. Vernick (Eds.) Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis

This book looks at gun violence as a public health crisis and includes specific policy recommendations with notes on the constitutionality of those proposals.