Stand Up Sabbath - June 17-19

The one year anniversary of the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston is next week.

Here in NC, NCGV is working in coalition with the NC Council of Churches and other organizations to promote the Stand Up Sabbath weekend on the anniversary of this tragic shooting, June 17-19.

We are encouraging congregations to do things from putting a bulletin insert in their bulletins to saying a prayer commemorating this tragedy and all lives that are lost to gun violence to incorporating these messages into the sermon. This webpage has lots of resources including a bulletin insert -

Please let us know if you can participate and/or if you have any questions –


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Crucial Conversations Luncheon

Monday's Crucial Conversation Luncheon put on by NC Policy Watch was focused on gun violence prevention and the upcoming anniversary of the Charleston massacre.

NC State Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. spoke about the need for rational, logical gun violence prevention reforms. He recounted his own story of having to fight for his life and to save his arm from a bullet that was fired at him. He reminded us that we shouldn’t forget the 75,000 people who are shot and survive.

Rev. Middleton pastors the Mount Zion AME Church in Charleston, SC, a sister church to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that stands just a few blocks away. He was a close personal friend of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was murdered at Emanuel last June. He spoke about the number of mass shootings that have taken the news headlines. In SC, they had a Stand Up Sunday where congregations throughout the state united in the spirit of morality. “A tragedy like this can happen to any of us anywhere. Therefore, we must begin to do something. “

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Council of Churches. She spoke about the upcoming Stand Up Sabbath the weekend of June 17-19 that commemorates the Charleston massacre and all that are killed and injured by gun violence. She reminded us that the prophet Isaiah turned a weapon of death into a flourishing a peace.

To find out more about the Stand Up Sabbath, go to

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NRA Tells Parents To Keep Guns In Kids’ Rooms For Safety

What ?!?

“LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — During a seminar on “home defense concepts” at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Louisville, an instructor encouraged gun owners to store firearms in their children’s bedrooms.

“Researchers have found that only 39 percent of gun-owning families keep their firearms locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. For those that do not, the consequences can be terrible.

“Everytown for Gun Safety reports that the U.S. has one of the highest rates of unintentional child gun deaths in the world. At least 265 people were accidentally shot by kids in 2015, and so far in 2016, there have been at least 96 accidental shootings by children. In one week in April, four toddlers accidentally shot and killed themselves, according to a New York Times report.”

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The Gun Was Left in a Kitchen Cabinet

“This kind of tragedy is preventable, and it starts with the responsibility of adults. Our home state of Nevada is among 14 with child-access prevention laws that impose a weaker standard for criminal liability. Brooklynn’s death by an unsecured gun, and the complete failure of the justice system, was the catalyst for my husband and I to create the Brooklynn Mae Mohler Foundation. Our goal is to educate others, with the hope of preventing these senseless tragedies from affecting more families. No parent should ever have to endure this daily agony.”

Get involved with the ASK campaign today – Asking Saves Kids – to prevent senseless tragedies like this one –


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NC activists in orange call for an end to gun violence

“A nationwide movement to end gun violence made its way to the Triangle Thursday.

A handful of state lawmakers stood alongside groups advocating for increased gun safety measures on National Gun Violence Awareness Day at the state legislative building.

Members of the group North Carolinians Against Gun Violence wore orange shirts and handed out orange ribbons in what has also become known as ‘Wear Orange Day.’ The effort launched on June 2, 2015 when a group of classmates wore orange to honor their friend, Hadiya Pendleton.”

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Two dead, 6 injured after terrifying mass shooting in west Houston

2 killed & 6 injured in the 116th mass shooting of 2016.

 “A man came into a west Houston auto detail shop and began shooting, killing a man known to be a customer and putting a neighborhood on lockdown Sunday before being killed by a SWAT officer, police said”

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NRA Convention: Dwindling Membership, Desperate Rhetoric

"Any doubts about whether the NRA is feeling the pressure of an increasingly powerful gun violence prevention movement can be quelled by reading Wayne LaPierre’s latest keynote rant.

“In 2014 member dues plummeted by $47 million — from $175 million to $128 million, according to the NRA’s filing.”

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I Think of People Who Died at Sandy Hook Every Day

"Every day—every single day—I think of those who died, those who were left behind to deal with their grief, and the person I used to be. Some days, the images slide by like a movie in my mind. Other days, the images stop me in my tracks and bring me to my knees. I am grateful to be alive, but my life will never be the same."

A very powerful essay by a Sandy Hook survivor.

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‘My sister shot herself’: 5-year-old dies playing with father’s unsecured handgun

Not again.  This is so sad.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family. A tragedy like this can be so easily prevented if the gun was locked and the ammunition stored separately. Please join us in talking with other parents about locking up their guns – .

“Five-year-old Haley Moore had been playing with her father’s handgun, police said. Moore told investigators that he had left his .45-caliber gun out on a table in the home, the station reported.

“The oldest kid, she repeatedly said, ‘My sister shot herself. My sister shot herself. I don’t know if she’s going to be okay,’  Ursin told WDSU.”

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Should Your Doctor Ask If You Own Guns?

“Doctors routinely ask if you smoke, and counsel you to wear your seat belt when you’re in a car. Technically, either behavior isn’t any of their business, but they do fall under the umbrella of preventive care.

“Now Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the violence prevention research program at the University of California Davis, and his colleagues want to add firearms to the office visit for similar reasons.“

Get involved with the ASK campaign (Asking Saves Kids) to talk to your doctor about asking his/her patients about gun safety –


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