Greater Washington: Every Monday afternoon 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Realco Guns (no action Oct. 8)
NPEG: Oct. 2 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Delia’s
NPEG: Oct. 16 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Delia’s
NE Philadelphia: Oct. 24 4:30 p.m. Prayer Vigil at Mike & Kate's
Greater Washington: Every Monday afternoon 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Realco Guns
NPEG: Nov. 6 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Delia’s
NPEG: Nov. 20 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Delia’s
NE Philadelphia: Nov. 28 4:30 p.m. Prayer Vigil at Mike & Kate's
What's Happening Around the Country
In June 2012, Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington
celebrated its first anniversary of public actions at Realco Guns in District Heights MD. Since
June 6, 2011, through heat and cold, sun and rain/snow, and wind and
calm, members of HGCGW have gathered each Monday afternoon for an hour
at Realco Guns to call the attention of the
community to the dangers associated with illegal guns and in particular
guns sold at Realco. The support of the
community as registered through horns honked as representatives from
HGCGW bear witness for safer streets and communities has steadily
increased and recently has begun to average over 300 “honks” per
hour. To date, Mr. Carlos del Real has
resisted all efforts of HGCGW to convince him to sign the Code for
responsible gun retailers. Members of HGCGW continue to try to
establish positive contact with Mr. del Real.
In June, Reverend James Atwood was interviewed by a reporter from Sojourners magazine
for an upcoming article about HGCGW. In addition, Reverend
Atwood’s long-awaited book, America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose, has just recently been
released for sale. Books may be purchased from your favorite
bookseller or ordered directly from 541-344-1528 or via email at email@example.com.
Members of HGCGW have developed a brochure which is part of an
“introductory” packet that they will use as they visit faith
communities in the Greater Washington area as they endeavor to increase
their membership and support. If any other chapters of HGC wish
to examine or use the brochure or the packet, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plans are currently underway for the next program of peace scheduled
for September 21, 2012, on the United Nations International Day of
Peace. It should also be noted that September 25, 2012, begins
the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence adopted by the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Residents and neighbors recently rallied in the Mount Airy
neighborhood of Philadelphia to decry recent shootings. Read
about this important act of witness or in Bryan Miller's words,
"faith on your feet", in an article that appeared in the Chestnut Hill Local and on Newsworks.
Send chapter notes to The Call's editor, Jill.
Gun Violence in the News
Please read this important editorial
written by Rev. James F. McIntire published in the Philadelphia
Inquirer. Also, please read an endorsement from the
Inquirer's Editorial Board of Rev. McIntire's suggested
In the July issue of America, the National Catholic Weekly, Fr. James Martin wrote about why gun control is a
As reported in the September 4 issue of the Gun Violence Prevention
Report, in August in Florida, the Republicans adopted
what the NRA touted as the most pro-Second
Amendment position ever included in a major party platform. In
Charlotte, the Democrats passed a platform that urges 'an honest and open conversation about firearms.
Citizens of other countries continue to be amazed at
the arms Americans can purchase legally. In "Seeing Gun
Violence Through International Eyes", Waymon Hudson wrote, "I was struck by the
tone of all the international reporting - every news story ended with
incredulity that the shooter had gotten his two handguns, shotgun,
assault-style rifle, and high-capacity clips legally."