On Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m.-noon, Or Emet will host a program led by Kathleen Anderson, a clinical social worker and trained volunteer presenter for the Be SMART program.
Anderson will present “Be SMART for kids: How every adult can take responsible action to prevent child gun deaths and injuries” at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 768 Hamline Ave. South in St. Paul. Everyone is required to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours. Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here.
The Be SMART program was developed by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to raise awareness that secure gun storage can save children’s lives. The program emphasizes that it is an adult’s responsibility to keep kids from accessing guns and that every adult can play a role in keeping kids and communities safer.
According to Everytown Research & Policy, Be SMART’s umbrella organization, firearms are the leading cause of death for children and teens (ages 1-19) in the U.S. Every year, 18,000 children and teens are shot and killed or wounded, and approximately 3 million are exposed to gun violence.
“It is important to note that gun sales and firearm injuries and deaths are dramatically on the rise across the country,” Anderson says. “Firearms are the leading cause of death for children, and 4.6 million children live in a household with at least one unsecured gun.”
Anderson also notes that her presentation is not appropriate for children.
“This is a very serious topic,” she says. “We are talking about child firearm injury, death and suicide, and how to prevent it.”
Or Emet’s Sunday adult programs are free and open to the public, and meet concurrently with Or Emet’s Jewish Cultural Sunday School. Or Emet is a secular congregation celebrating and honoring Jewish culture, history and values from a humanistic, inclusive perspective.
Or Emet’s events and programs may change per CDC and state guidelines during the pandemic. All updates and changes will be posted in Or Emet’s events calendar. For information about Or Emet, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit oremet.org.