Clergy call on state lawmakers to address gun violence

Jan 29, 2013

A group of Michigan clergy wants state lawmakers to drop a number of pro-gun bills.

Faith leaders held a prayer service today at the state Capitol to protest the measures. Clergy members sang hymns as they marched to the Capitol.

Each held a yellow card with the name of a child from their community killed by gun violence.

“We’re going to fill the heavens, the atmosphere with prayers," said Flint pastor Ken Boykins. "We mean business. We’re not going to back off. And something has to be done.”

The group says it’s most worried lawmakers will again take up legislation that would allow concealed weapons in places like churches and schools.

Governor Snyder vetoed the measure late last year. But the bill’s sponsor says he plans to introduce similar legislation as soon as this week. He says the measure would make places like schools safer.