MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – The episcopal diocese of northern Michigan partnered with End Gun Violence Michigan to hold an interfaith prayer circle this morning to remember the victims of mass shootings around the country.
The circle included a drum circle from the Keweenaw Bay Indian community and remarks from Rayford Ray of the diocese, and Dr. Martin Reinhardt of Northern Michigan University’s center for native American studies.
Those in attendance took turns each reading the location and number of victims at 74 mass shootings and included prayers for victims of suicide, and other gun-related violence.
Hannah Holma, the Interim Director of the Marquette Women’s Center, says the goal of events like these isn’t to take away people’s guns, but to protect innocent people from gun violence
“We want to reform laws to protect people from people who shouldn’t have guns.” Said Holma.
End Gun Violence Michigan is an organization of over 130 faith and secular leaders from across the state with the goal of ending gun-related violence.