Target: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
Goal: Repeal law that would allow people to carry guns in churches without a permit.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recently allowed people to carry guns in church buildings by signing the Church Protection Act. Guns don’t belong in a place that promotes peace and compassion. With this bill becoming law, the chances of guns falling in the wrong hands have increased dramatically. Speak out against this law and the danger it could bring.
Following the events of the Charleston church shooting last year, this law was made so that congregation members could protect themselves. Certain designated members would be given training on handling a firearm, allowing them to legally act as security for their church.
The part of the law that is causing the most uproar is the provision that would allow people to carry a concealed gun without having a permit. Even the Mississippi police oppose this law. Ken Winter, executive director of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police, said in a statement that this law would make it harder for them to “stop people who appear to be engaged in wrongdoing,” and would “raise the threat level to officers.”
As Everytown for Gun Safety said in a statement, “There’s simply no good reason to pass a law that makes Mississippi less safe from the threat of gun violence.” This law would be counterproductive, posing more of a threat to congregations than a protection. Sign this petition and tell Governor Bryant that this law should be repealed.
Dear Governor Bryant,
The Church Protection Act is going to do anything but protect church-goers. By allowing people to carry concealed guns without a permit, you are making it easier for the wrong people to get access to a deadly weapon. You do not end gun violence by making guns more accessible to everybody. Please, repeal this law before any real harm is done.
Even the police of your state oppose this new law. Letting people to carry guns without a permit makes it harder to apprehend anyone that looks like they are doing something wrong. The safety of the officers are also in danger with the increased amount of gun carriers. When a law favors vigilantism over actual law enforcement, it is counterproductive and should be repealed.
It makes sense that you want to protect church-goers after the Charleston church shooting, but making guns even more available to the general public is not the solution. Repeal this law and draft another one that would make it more difficult for guns to fall in the wrong hands.
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