Greater Washington, DC
Welcome to Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington
The Greater Washington chapter of HGC represents support to end gun violence among the multi-faith communities in the metropolitan area in Washington, DC, in Maryland, and in Northern Virginia. The GW chapter celebrated its two-year anniversary in June, 2013.
During that time members and supporters of HGCGW have demonstrated in front of Realco nearly every Monday for an hour. Below is information on our on-going effort at Realco:
Based on information obtained from the October 24, 2010, article by David S. Fallis in the Washington Post, HGC Greater Washington decided to focus our efforts on Realco Guns in District Heights, MD, for public actions in an effort to convince the gun shop owner to act in a more responsible manner in screening for straw buyers. According to the Post, Realco Guns in District Heights sold 86 guns linked to homicides within the last twenty years with 300 guns sold there being linked to non-fatal shootings, as of 2010. In that article Major Andy Ellis of the Prince George’s (MD) Police Department is quoted as saying, “I can only imagine how much lower our violent-crime rate would be if Realco sold shoes instead of guns.”
Since June, 2011, many of us have shown our support for efforts to bring more responsible gun shop ownership bi-weekly participating in a public action in front of Realco Guns. As of July 1, 2013, our demos at Realco have changed to twice monthly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month due to the much- strengthened new MD state laws as they pertain to gun dealers; these laws will go into effect on October 1, 2013. As we expand our focus into Virginia, we are now joining an existing group in its monthly demonstrations at the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, which takes place on the 14th of each month at 10:00 a.m. in remembrance of lives lost and/or irreparably damaged at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012.
Public Actions – Please join us!
6108 Marlboro Pike
District Heights, MD 20747
MONDAY AFTERNOONS- second and fourth of each month
During Daylight Savings Time = 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
During Eastern Standard Time : 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
There is no demo on Mondays that are federal holidays or during periods of inclement weather.
In case of inclement weather, we will follow the schedule for the Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD). Sign up to be alerted at www.pgcps.org.
11250 Waples Mill road
Fairfax, VA 22030
EVERY 14TH OF THE MONTH, 10:00 a.m.
In recognition of the victims and survivors of the shooting at Sandy Hook ES in December, 2012.
(Sponsored by Reston-Herndon Alliances to End Gun Violence and supported by the Greater Washington chapter of HGC)
Our next program of peace is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 4161 South Capitol Street SW, Washington DC 20032, at 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. This program is planned to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Peace, which is recognized and honored all over the world. We will be working with the congregants of Faith PC to present a program rich in prayer, music, and education. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend free of charge.
Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington is currently accepting donations to support our increased communications with our community and our public actions. If you would like to donate, please make out the checks to Washington Council of Churches with the notation of Heeding God's Call in the memo section of the check and send your check to Heeding God's Call of Greater Washington, PO Box 130, West Bowie, MD 20719. All gifts made through the Council of Churches for Heeding God’s Call are tax deductible.
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