In his final Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4, on Saturday 22 December 2012, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, talked about the recent killings in Connecticut and discounted the argument often put forward that "it's not guns that kill, it's people".
Guns in church show that whatever is said about trust in God, it's really the threat of violence that we are trusting, says Simon Barrow. And this contradiction opens up a rich vein of satire against our patently false gods.
A religious peace gathering in Philadelphia, USA, featured daily acts of opposition to gun violence held at a gun store in the city. The actions included non-violent protest, prayer, and civil disobedience.
A US Christian leader has asked a World Council of Churches peacemaking team visiting the United States for assistance to rid his country of the "scourge" of gun violence during the team's September 2007 visit.