The huge number of guns in the United States negatively impacts most of the priorities we seek for our world and harms people in myriad ways. The presence of a gun in situations where there is domestic abuse, where a person is considering suicide, has shown a tendency to violence, or where extreme racism is present can easily lead to tragedy.
Friends believe that through the Spirit there is always a chance for reconciliation, rehabilitation, and personal transformation. Too often, the presence of guns at critical times cuts short potential opportunities for redirection and renewal, resulting in tragic consequences. We support efforts to reduce gun violence by such measures as regulating gun ownership, possession, and use through the implementation of universal background checks, bans on military-style weapons, and public health-oriented research and education.
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