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GA Faith Leaders Respond to Texas Church Massacre


November 6, 2017


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202)735-7123

Graham Younger, gyounger@faithinpubliclife.org, (678) 739-8584

GA Faith Leaders Respond to Texas Church Massacre

Atlanta, Ga. — On Sunday, a gunman opened fire on parishioners at a service at a small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing at least 26 people. The gunman, who died shortly after the attack, was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and child. In light of this tragedy, Outcry: Interfaith Voices Against Gun Violence has released the following statement.

From the Outcry Steering Committee:

“We grieve and pray with the people of Sutherland Springs in the wake of the tragic shooting at the First Baptist Church that took 26 innocent lives and wounded many others. The victims were assembled to engage in worship, a sacred activity in which all should be able to feel safe. In an unusual role reversal, clergy are working to enact policies that prevent future tragedies while many legislators offer only prayers. A common-sense system of background checks may well have prevented the killer at First Baptist Church from obtaining the weapons with which he wrought this senseless destruction.”


Outcry: Interfaith Voices Against Gun Violence, has come together to raise our voices as people of faith all across Georgia in hopes of preventing gun violence in our state. We believe that God calls us to value every human life and commands us to live in peace with one another.

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