National Church Leaders Forum
calls for a stop on gun and
National Church Leaders Forum - a black Christian voice
6th April 2018
Over the past four months more than 52 young people across Britain have lost their lives to gun and knife violence, much of this has happened in London. One murder is one too many, and murders of this magnitude is unacceptable! Much good work with young people, particularly vulnerable one is being done across the country, however the current situation has become critical for our and urgent action needs to be taken.
All people are born of the substance of the Divine Image of God and worthy of the greatest human fulfilment.
NCLF also expresses concern for the well-being of young people everywhere, the international prevalence of high murder rates in cities with poor socio-economic conditions particularly amongst children and young people currently caught up in war zones such as Syria. We pray for cities in Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, the United States, South Africa, Columbia, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, El Salvador, Guatemala all featuring in the top 50 worst for murder rates. NCLF cites the need for international dialogue about the spiritual, social, economic and political conditions in which young people live today.
Together with the Government, Police, other National Bodies, Church and Community Organisations we want to build constructive and just solutions. The family remains the foundation of any healthy and progressive society; if the foundation be broken then we must rebuild stable and healthy families that strengthen shared community values.
The National Church Leaders Forum calls for:
Better parenting and special attention where fathers are absent from young people’s lives
A national moment of mourning for victims of gun and knife crime, through prayer and reflection
Increased resources for specialist organisations and initiatives dealing with deterrence and withdrawal from gangs
Increased funding for local youth project working towards social, economic and political aspirationsAnd NCLF supports
The call for an urgent roundtable discussion with office the of the Home Secretary to discuss the issues and develop constructive community partnership initiatives
The London Mayor’s call for empowering the police for a ‘targeted stop and search’ program in the areas of high risk
Teaching of social responsibility, self-reliance, self-determination
For more information contact: NCLF Co-Chairs Pastor Ade Amooba and Dr R David Muir