The leader of the United Church of Christ was in Exeter this week for a forum on gun violence held in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school shootings.
Rev. Geoffrey Black said the key to reducing gun violence is to take away the glorification of weapons.
"That's the only way we're going to get to a different place," Black said. "And it's not the place ... of taking people's guns out of their homes.
"It's about convincing the body politic that ... we're not dependent on the weapon to be free."
Watch Black elaborate in the video above.
Black spoke Monday at the Congregational Church in Exeter, which is aligned with the UCC. The UCC has 1.1 million members across more than 5,100 church in the United States.
Monday's forum was part of the church's "We the People" lecture and film series sponsored by the Congregational (UCC), Episcopal, and Unitarian-Universalist churches of Exeter, in cooperation with Phillips Exeter Academy and Water Street Bookstore.