Can We Talk about Guns?

#nationalschoolwalkout: Students from our local high school (MUHS), including members of our Youth Group, responded to a national call for a school walkout on March 14 at 10 AM for 17 minutes on Cross St Bridge. They gathered despite the school snow day and were met by many Middlebury College students and community and CVUUS members. The walkout protested failure to enact gun legislation to protect kids from gun violence and honored the children killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

March for Our Lives: Many attended rallies in Middlebury on the Town Green, Montpelier (our CVUUS Youth Group went here), and in other cities nationwide on March 24 asking for stronger gun regulation.

State legislators Peter  Conlon and Robin Scheu met with youth asking for gun control measures. Wren Colwell and Zora Duquette-Hoffman were among many youth leaders who gave testimony. Zora shared about this in a recent worship service. Listen here:

Can We Talk About Guns? community conversation  held at Congregational Church of Middlebury in May welcomed Dr. James Davis (Professor of Ethics and Christian Studies, Middlebury College), Eden Neary (Law Enforcement Officer), Theo Wells-Spackman (Middlebury Union High School sophomore); and Mary Welford (Vermont attorney). In the wake of recent school shootings, and Governor Scott’s recent signing of “sweeping gun control legislation,” the  panelists explored why it is both so difficult, and so very important, for us to speak civilly together about guns and gun control.