First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


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Faith & Public Issues

Preventing Gun Violence Forum

Preventing Gun Violence will be the topic of a free public forum, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., on Thursday, October 12, at First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St., in Camden.

The church’s Faith and Public Issues Task Force is sponsoring the event. The two speakers scheduled are Senator Dave Miramant, who represents Maine District 12, and Nick Wilson, Executive Director of the Maine Gun Safety Coalition. Roy Hitchings will be the moderator for the forum, which will be in the Pilgrim Room, a meeting space entered from the church parking lot.

Senator Miramant will talk about the challenges involved in passing weapons-related legislation. He was a sponsor of a recent bill that would have allowed municipalities to set their own policies regarding weapons at polling places and municipal meetings.

Nick Wilson’s topic will be firearms safety. The organization he represents, the Maine Gun Safety Coalition, is a grassroots organization founded in 2000 with the aim of protecting Maine families and communities from gun violence. Its stated mission is to educate parents, administrators and the public about issues relating to gun safety, as well as to voice the concerns of its constituents to elected officials about gun legislation and to provide free trigger locks to prevent the accidental discharge of weapons by children and others.

"Rarely does a day go by without a gun violence incident in Maine,” said Wilson. "Maine Gun Safety Coalition appreciates the opportunity to discuss the latest research and strategies to prevent gun suicides, domestic violence homicides, firearm thefts, and unintentional shootings. Gun violence may be complicated, but keeping guns secured and out of the hands of kids and criminals is not. Trigger locks will be available for free at the event because storing guns responsibly means fewer guns being carried into our schools, fewer tween and teen firearms suicides, and fewer unintentional child shootings."

The speakers’ presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for the event.

 

  
 
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