Episcopalians help launch national gun buybacks on June 11 to turn weapons into garden tools

Episcopalians help launch national gun buybacks on June 11 to turn weapons into garden tools

From left, Bishop Jim Curry, Steve Yanovsky and Pina Violano, co-founders of Swords to Plowshares Northeast, hold up some of the garden tools they created from former guns, during a demonstration of the process on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo: David Deutsch [Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in Connecticut, Ohio and California are helping to launch a national ecumenical initiative called Guns to Gardens that will stage numerous gun buyback events on June 11 and turn the weapons into garden tools. Retired Connecticut Bishop Suffragan James Curry spearheaded the initiative, which builds on his work with Swords to Plowshares Northeast and similar anti-gun violence blacksmithing ministries. Curry and other organizers hope this inaugural Guns to Garden day will become a catalyst for annual buyback events that draw attention to the problem of gun violence and promote gun safety while supporting families and communities that have been affected by gun-related deaths. “This is just one strategy, one prong in a multipronged approach toward changing the attitude toward gun violence in our community,” Curry told Episcopal News Service. In a nation where Americans are estimated to own nearly 400 million guns , starting conversations about gun safety is as much the goal as getting guns off the street, he said. On June 11, Curry will bring his blacksmithing forge to a Guns to Gardens buyback in New Haven. The initiative’s other participants include Church of the Epiphany in Euclid, Ohio, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, California. They are among […]

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