We Can Make A Difference

June 7, 2022


Dear St. Paul Community UMC,

In the wake of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, I am sending letters to my Representatives in Congress. As a gun owner, I am asking them to do more to protect our children from violence.

More than 240 mass shootings have occurred this year in the United States. Thirty-three have taken place since the rampage at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas left nineteen children and two teachers dead on May 24th.

Because of our nation’s differences over guns, we find ourselves in gridlock and nothing changes. We can throw up our hands in futility and do nothing. Or we can ask our legislators to address the root causes and develop better strategies to decrease the chances of school shootings and other acts of violence.

Attached are two letters I have sent to my representatives. I am providing my letter as an example that you are welcome to send to your representatives at the federal level. The specific suggestions contain ideas that have been adopted by other United Methodists:

        1.  Find your representatives’ names and e-mail addresses here: https://openstates.org.
  1.  Copy the text of the letter below and paste it into an email.
  2.  Address it to your representatives by name, sign your name at the end, and send it.
    4.  Feel free to modify the letter so that it represents your views.

This past weekend, mass shootings in multiple cities killed eleven and wounded more than sixty. Not a single week in 2022 has passed without at least four mass shootings. I invite you to join me in encouraging our federal legislators to do all they can to reduce these incidences of violence.

Thank you for considering this action.

David Wells
Senior Pastor


Dear Representative or Senator,

Thank you for the work you do every day on behalf of the American people and as my elected Representative. Last week we all grieved as nineteen children and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. We shared that grief as Republicans and Democrats.

You likely know that since January 1, 2022, twenty-seven shootings have occurred at schools across America. Some were suicides. Some were children who accidentally discharged guns, and some were teens who took their guns to school with the intent to kill.

Congress has united around solving major problems in the past. I am pleased that your bi-partisan support for Ukraine is helping Ukraine’s defense against Russian aggression. Likewise, I applaud Senator Chris Murphy and other members of Congress in their present efforts to reduce school shootings. Therefore, I ask that the following measures be considered.

Research Funding Focused on Reducing Violence Committed by and against Children:

It will take serious research to identify the root causes of this violence and practical solutions to address this problem.

  • Please increase funding for research at the federal level on causes of and actions that can reduce violence committed by young adults against children and teens.

    Licensure & Training: Permit laws are the single most effective way to reduce gun violence. States with permit laws of any kind have less gun violence than those without.

  • Please provide incentives to states where permit and training laws already exist, and to those where they are expanded or are enacted.

    Background Checks: Strengthen background checks through private party sales, on-line sales, and gun shows, while ensuring that all guns can be traced through serial identification.

  • Please establish processes and upgrade technology to help states share this information seamlessly and quickly to maximize public safety.


Expanding Mental Health Access: Please increase investments in mental health services and raise the assault weapon ownership age to twenty-one.

I recognize that no law can completely eradicate gun violence. Yet you have the authority to leave a legacy of safer schools and better policies to mitigate the violence that is plaguing our country and protect the lives of our children. I am pleading with you to please act.