House of Deputies

of The Episcopal Church

Praying to End Gun Violence: A Statement from President Jennings

This morning, my heart broke once again to learn about another mass shooting in the United States. My prayers and support are with the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, with their deputies, and with my friend Bishop Dan Edwards.

I pray especially that our mourning for the dead and wounded will motivate us to end the gun violence that plagues communities across this country. In 2015, General Convention passed Resolution C005, titled “Implement Laws to Decrease Gun Violence,” which includes a call to ban the sale of assault weapons to civilians. May we have the strength to put our words into actions so that the lawmakers who represent us in Washington D.C. and in state capitols across the land will enact sensible legislation that can prevent guns from falling into the hands of people whose hearts are torn with hatred, violence, and despair.

—The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president, House of Deputies