'Stand Up Sunday' event asking churches to stand up to gun violence

'Stand Up Sunday' event asking churches to stand up to gun violence

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Churches across the state are being asked to address the gun violence issue this Sunday as part of a special event called 'Stand Up Sunday.'

Over 1,300 churches, synagogues and mosques plan to participate, according to organizers.

The event is being held to honor the nine members of Emanuel AME Church who were shot and killed in June of last year.

Reverend Don Flowers' church, Providence Baptist is participating.

"One of the voices that has been missing in the conversation has been the voice of the faith community," said Flowers.

Flowers says the gun violence problem is a moral issue and on Sunday the topic of his sermon will be thou shalt not kill.

"We want to add our voice, the voice of the faith community to the conversation."

Gun Sense SC founder Meghan Alexander came up wit the idea for 'Stand Up Sunday'.

"Our goal is really to decrease the number of deaths in South Carolina by half within a few years," said Alexander.

Alexander said she was devastated after the church shooting.

One of her former classmates also lost a child in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

"Looking to close the gaping hole in the federal legislation that makes it way too easy for guns to fall into the wrong hands," said Alexander

Flowers says Sunday he will place these five white crosses outside his church to honor the five people killed by guns this year in the Tri County area.

He's hoping the sight of them will spark possible solutions.

"We hope, we don't know but we're sure that if we continue doing what we're doing, nothing is gonna change."

Alexander says 'Stand Up Sunday' is not intended to threaten the 2nd Amendment right to own guns.

She says her organization wants to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

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