Want to end gun violence? Join us! On Friday, September 13, hundreds of people of faith, young people, and survivors will call on gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson to be part of the solution to gun violence. Sign up for the bus to Springfield below.
On Friday, September 13, The B-PEACE for Jorge Campaign, Pioneer Valley Project, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, Bishop Alan Gates, and other faith-based and youth-led organizations will be gathering in Springfield, Massachusetts. There, in front of the global headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson, youth leaders and their adult supporters will hold a rally. Together, we will continue our call for Smith and Wesson CEO James Debney to meet with youth and for Smith and Wesson to be an industry leader in solving the scourge of gun violence.

Smith and Wesson is one of the largest gun manufacturers in the United States, producing 2 million guns every year. The weapon used in the February 2018 tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was manufactured in Springfield, MA at the Smith and Wesson factory. So were the automatic weapons used in the mass shootings in Aurora, CO; San Bernardino, CA; and many of the shootings that happen way-too-regularly in cities like Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, and Springfield itself. It has not been reported yet who manufactured the guns used in the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio; or Gilroy, California. Nor is it regularly reported who manufactures the guns used in the near-daily gun violence in Boston, Springfield, and other cities in Massachusetts and beyond. We think gun manufacturers must be part of the solution to gun violence.

Youth leaders from the B-PEACE for Jorge Campaign and PVP are calling on Smith and Wesson and other gun manufacturers to be part of the solution to gun violence. One way to start is to place a moratorium on the production of automatic weapons until concerns for consumer safety can be adequately addressed. We want funds for research into the impact of gun deaths and injuries from Smith and Wesson weapons, among other action steps. We also are calling on our political leaders to hold CEOs of gun manufacturers, such as Smith and Wesson CEO James Debney, accountable for the damage and death caused by the product they are manufacturing.

Want to be part of this creative solution to address gun violence? JOIN US on Friday, September 13, 2019 in Springfield!

To travel from Boston by bus, youth leaders and adult supporters will meet
at 1:30 pm at
St. Stephen's Youth Programs
419 Shawmut Ave, Boston MA 02118
Best directions: http://www.ssypboston.org/directions
The rally will be from 4:00-5:00pm
The bus will return to St. Stephen's at 7:00pm
Plenty of food and water will be provided!

SIGN UP below!

For more information, contact Liz Steinhauser at bpeace@ssypboston.org
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