Wilmington’s on-going crime issues has a group starting the New Year focused and concerned about gun safety. Pacem in Terris, a non-profit organization, based in Wilmington is calling on people of all ages to help their mission to promote gun sanity.
Pacem in Terris which is Latin for “World Peace” plans to host a variety of programs in 2013, all aimed at increasing the amount of peace in the world through non-violent actions. On Thursday the organization is reaching out to the Wilmington community to help address gun violence. Pacem in Terris will host its meeting at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington.
“The event and tragic horror in Connecticut was a catalyst for calling this meeting the organization Pacem in Terris has been interested in making our streets, our communities and neighborhoods safer for the last 40 something years but this particular horror was the major motivation for convening this meeting,” said Pacem in Terris spokesman Medard Gabel.
The goal is to discuss ways Delaware citizens can help make their children, teachers, police officers and citizens safe from assault rifles and other forms of gun violence. “We all in a very tragic way have been educated about the real horrors of these tools of destruction such as automated weapons, rifles, assault weapons and large clips of ammunition,” said Gabel who’s seeking to keep communities safe from all forms of gun violence.
Although recent reaction to the tragic Connecticut shooting includes possibly putting weapons in the hands of teachers, Gabel says that’s something he strongly disagrees with.
“I think that’s insane…..the Delaware campaign for gun sanity does not involve arming teachers, principals and or students. I don’t think the answer to violence is more violence,” added Gabel.
The group hopes to begin the dialog Thursday’s meeting starts at 7.pm.