Forum Focuses on Gun Violence in Washington and I-594 

October 7, 2014

This November, Washington voters are faced with competing initiatives regarding firearm regulation. Gun control advocates are pushing I-594, which would expand background checks to include nearly all gun purchases. Gun rights advocates, in contrast, are pushing I-591, which would prohibit expansion of background checks unless a uniform national standard is established. This Sunday’s Forum examines the problem of gun violence in our state and explains why Plymouth Church, along with numerous other religious and progressive organizations, endorses I-594.

Senior Minister Brigitta Remole will lead Sunday’s 10 am discussion, followed by two main speakers. Whitney Taylor manages the Firearm Violence Prevention Program with King County Health Department. She will present facts about gun violence in King County, how it impacts public health and what is known about effectiveness of various policy options to reduce gun violence. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from University of Washington. She spent the last 15 years implementing new public health initiatives in King County, including tobacco cessation, emergency preparedness and exercise programs. Taylor also worked for non-profit organizations advocating for people living with mental illness and pregnant and parenting women in recovery.

Meredith Browand volunteers as a regional representative for Moms Demand Action, a national grassroots gun violence prevention organization formed in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. She will share stories of local survivors and show the ripple effects gun violence causes for families and communities. She will explain reasons her group recommends expanded background checks called for in I-594 as a positive step toward reducing this ongoing problem. Browand, a former teacher, currently works as a freelance writer and full-time mom. She lives in Port Orchard with her husband and two young sons. Please bring your questions and engage with us in the Lounge Sunday!

Next Sunday, October 19, the Forum takes you to Uganda. Is there a role for Plymouth Church in Uganda? What do you seek as a Plymouth member when you think of participating in a global partnership? Consider the options as Catherine Willis Cleveland and Carol Mooney share experiences from big city life in Kampala to rural villages in Katakwi. Read more here.

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