Remember and Renew – April 26 – 28th 

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is holding a pilgrimage dedicated to Remembrance and Renewal around Columbine on April 26-28th (this Friday through Sunday).  Some events are for out-of-town visitors only, but most of them are public events:

Friday, April 26th:   
1-3  Presentation:   “Culture of Violence,” followed by the film “Bowling for Columbine, Iliff School of Theology  2323 E. Iliff Ave.

Saturday, April 27th
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11-1 Networking lunch St. Timothy Episcopal church 1401 E. Dry Creek Rd., Centennial  To RSVP for lunch, send a note as soon as possible to ColoradoCeasefire1@gmail.com

1-3:30 Educational and Policy workshops St. Timothy’s  – seven great workshops.

  • Public Health Crisis
  • Magnifying Voices of Faith to End Gun Violence
  • History of Gun Violence and Laws in Colorado
  • Talking about Gun Violence Issues
  • Youth Activism and Gun Violence Prevention
  • Be SMART – guns in the home
  • Domestic Violence and Firearms

4-5:30 Vigil at Columbine Memorial, Clement Park, Pierce and Bowles, Littleton
6-8:00 Meal and reflection  Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church  6724 S. Webster, Littleton
Sunday, April 28th
10 a.m.  Church Service:  Rev. Don Marxhausen, Speaker at St. Timothy’s
4-6 p.m.  Interfaith Service  St. Andrew United Methodist Church 9203 S. University Blvd.  Highlands Ranch


Is Your Bank Loaded? 

Guns Down America is pointing out how banks are enabling the gun industry.  They have researched public financial and legal filings to determine how much business the nation’s 15 largest banks have conducted with gun manufacturers, the NRA, and the top recipients of NRA contributions in Congress.   They then graded the banks on a 100-point scale.  Click here for the ratings, and then, if your bank has a poor grade, write to them noting you are a customer and your unhappiness with their activities with the gun industry.  On that same web site, Guns Down gives a 5-point program for what banks can do.  Select some of those in your communication.



NRA o
n the Run
The NRA is having its annual convention this weekend in Indianapolis. Simultaneously, there is a lot of scrutiny of the NRA and its practices.

AP News reports that there is a lot of infighting going on in the NRA.


The Violence Police Center has compiled a map of the gun sales showroom and annotated with which manufacturers had guns used in mass shootings and how closely linked they are to the NRA. You can also visit their website for investigations of how the gun industry keeps the NRA afloat.

 

 


Everytown has just released a report on the “NRA in Crisis,” which highlights the myriad of scandals and investigations rocking the organization.


Ending Family Fire

Brady has just released a new PSA (Public Service Announcement) on the danger of guns in the home.  You can also visit the End Family Fire website. 


Healing after Suicide – Saturday, April 27th
The American Association of Suicidology is have its 31st Annual Healing After Suicide Loss Conference at the Sheraton in Denver.   Cost is $60 and includes lunch.  Check this web site to register. https://www.suicidology.org/Annual-Conference/31st-Annual-Healing-Conference


Recall Madness

They’re back!

Miffed that they lost the elections so badly and self-persuaded by repetition of their apparent mantra “Overreach, Overreach, Overreach,” House Republicans have begun an effort to recall two Democratic legislators:  Senator Jeff Bridges and Representative Meg Froelich, both from Greenwood Village/Englewood.  Reportedly, a recall of Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, who has strongly supported the Extreme Risk bill, is in the works.

Representative Froelich is having activities the next two weekends to reach out to constituents in her district.   If you wish to help out, you can send an email to her volunteer coordinator: meredithrobinsonphillips@gmail.com

You can also help out by donating to Rep. Froelich’s effort through her web page.  For more information on why these stymied Republicans are doing this, check out the Colorado Times Recorder article. 


Graham On Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on introducing extreme risk protection order legislation with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut).

“Our government encourages our citizens that if you ‘See something, Say something.’  We also need ‘Do something.’  Read more


On the Federal Level

Democrats took the reins in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, January 3 and are immediately taking action on addressing gun violence.  This coming Tuesday, January 8th, on the 8th anniversary of the Tucson shooting of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Democrats will introduce a proposal for universal background checks.   Giffords will join Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Mike Thompson in introducing the bill.  Learn more here.


More than 4 million children endured lock downs last school year, a groundbreaking Washington Post analysis found. The experience left many traumatized.Read the story here.

 

 

 

 

 


‘The World Moves On And You Don’t.’
Parents Who Lost Children in School Shootings Find Comfort in a Group No One Wants to Join’  Read the Time article here.

(L-R) Pamela Wright, Melissa Willey, Andrew Pollack, Darshell Scott, Tom Masuer, Nicole_Hockley and Darrell Scott, the parents of children killed in school shootings in the USA, stand for a portrait at the Meredith Photo Studios in New York, USA on Aug. 31, 2018. Photo by Adam Ferguson for Time


DONATE

Although Ceasefire is an all-volunteer organization, we do contract with a lobbyist to assist us in our advocacy at the capitol.  Because of the highly successful elections, we anticipate a number of proactive gun violence prevention proposals this coming session, including ERPO (red flag), which Ceasefire spearheaded this past year.  More bills translate into higher lobbying costs.  Your assistance in this is crucial to making Colorado safer.  You can donate to Colorado Ceasefire Legislative Action by clicking here or by mailing your donation to Colorado Ceasefire Legislative

 

 


Armed and aging: A conversation about seniors, dementia and the right to bear arms…

University of Colorado Medical School study just released Monday find the number of adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia is steadily increasing, but questions around their access to firearms remain largely unaddressed. The study finds firearms are the most common method of suicide among people with dementia, but it explores other serious concerns with firearm possession and dementia. People with dementia can experience hallucinations, delusions, aggression and paranoia, and the study’s lead author, Dr. Emmy Betz with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, found many older adults have access to guns.

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/360/armed-and-aging-a-conversation-about-seniors-dementia-and-the-right-to-bear-armsDuring these Dog 


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