Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Clergy Call On State Lawmakers To Address Gun Violence

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

Credit Jake Neher MPRN

Faith leaders held a prayer service Tuesday at the state Capitol to protest the measures.

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake Neher has more.

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.

Ken Boykins is a pastor in Flint.

“We’re going to fill the heavens, the atmosphere with prayers,"  he says.  "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 lawmakers could reintroduce similar legislation as early as this week. Supporters say it would make communities safer.