Interfaith institutions release joint statement on the horrific shooting at Michigan State

We were horrified by the news out of East Lansing earlier this week. The deaths of Arielle
Anderson, Brian Fraser, and Alexandria Verner have a left gaping hole in our hearts that cannot
even begin to be filled by thoughts or prayers. Their deaths must be followed by actions that
prevent similar heinous crimes in the future and protect our communities.

Politics aside – we can all agree the status quo is not working. Something must change. Working
with Michigan policy makers – this interfaith group of partners is advocating tirelessly on ways
to implement gun violence prevention measures while protecting Americans right to possess a
firearm. These two ideas are not mutually exclusive.

This nationwide epidemic of mass shootings has yet again reached our own backyard. We call
on the Michigan Legislature to pass legislation that protects our right to live peacefully, without
the epidemic of gun violence that is plaguing our state and our nation.

Jewish Community Relations Council/ AJC
Michigan Muslim Community Council
Hindu Community Relations Council
Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity
Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan
Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan
Interfaith Action of SW Michigan
Bishop David A. Bard, Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church
Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion
Southeast Michigan Synod ELCA
North/west Lower Michigan Synod ELCA
InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit
Detroit Branch NAACP