First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-6340

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, commonly referred to as Moms Demand Action, is a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. The group was founded by Shannon Watts in Indianapolis, on December 15, 2012, the day after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The group started as a Facebook page entitled "One Million Moms for Gun Control." By the end of 2013, it had grown into an advocacy group with 130,000 members and chapters in all 50 states. Moms Demand Action has lobbied members of Congress to strengthen and expand background checks for individuals purchasing guns. An ad campaign launched by the group compared assault weapons to less harmful things which have been banned in certain areas of the United States, including Kinder Surprise chocolates, certain books, and dodgeball. Watts modeled Moms Demand Action after Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In December 2013, Moms Demand Action announced that it had joined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition of over 1,000 mayors that advocates for common sense solutions to gun violence.
 
The Kalamazoo, Michigan local chapter of MOMS meets regularly at the church, working to push for gun sense in our community and to reduce gun violence all across the country. We invite all who are ready to take action to attend a meeting. For more information on how you can be involved in this local chapter, contact Rev. Julie Kline, jkline@umc-kzo.org.
 
On Tuesday, August 27, 2019 the Church Council passed the following resulation concerning gun violence:

Be it resolved that we, the Church Council of First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan, endorse the concepts behind Red Flag laws, universal background checks for gun purchases and the limitations of clip capacities for semi-automatic weapons.  Further, we resolve that these views be communicated to legislators who serve our congregation both in federal and state legislatures; and to the relevant executive leadership in both levels of government.