Pro-gun rally in downtown Kirkland inappropriate | Letter
March 6, 2013 · Updated 3:51 PM
As faith leaders in Kirkland, we are saddened and alarmed by the intention of 2nd Enforcers to hold a pro-gun rally downtown on Feb. 23.
A day of defiance to proposed gun legislation is inappropriate when we know that our nation leads the world in child and teen gun deaths. A demonstration of firearms on our city streets is neither prudent nor safe.
We do not agree that “A Washington state non-profit militia with a mission to protect the rights of the people at all costs” is necessary to the well being of our community. We support nonviolent conflict resolution as part of our homes, schools, congregations and our community.
We are aware that legislation alone will not stop the wave of gun violence sweeping our nation. But we also affirm a faith that is opposed to violence in all its forms. As people of faith, we stand together to proclaim our opposition to such displays of “defiance” and any gathering that puts the community at risk. This kind of assembly adds to a sense of unease and danger. Our faith tells us that true community grows out of peace, justice, respect and love.
Rev. Kara Markell, Lake Washington Christian Church; Rev. Ann Eidson, Kirkland Congregational Church; Rev. Marian Stewart, Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church