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National Faith Leader Responds to Texas Church Massacre


November 6, 2017


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202)735-7123
Mackenzie Harris, mharris@faithinpubliclife.org, (610)283-8879

National Faith Leader Responds to Church Massacre

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday, a gunman opened fire on parishioners at a service at a small Baptist church in rural 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, Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life, issued the following statement:

“The killing of 26 people in a place of worship is a senseless act of evil. My heart is in anguish for the victims and loved ones whose lives have been scarred. As a pastor, I believe our nation’s response to this tragedy must not stop with prayer. Congress must pass common-sense gun policies that prevent tragedies such as the massacres in Las Vegas, Charleston, Orlando and Sutherland Springs. Our lawmakers have a moral responsibility to keep weapons of war out of killers’ hands in the first place. Our lives are at stake.”


Faith in Public Life is a strategy center for the faith community advancing faith in the public square as a powerful force for justice, compassion and the common good.

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