Security guard injured by gunfire at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.  – A shooter opened fire on a security guard at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council this morning.  Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement in response:


We don’t yet know the details of today’s shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Council, but our thoughts and prayers are with the injured security guard and his colleagues at FRC.  What we do know is that these all too frequent shootings must stop.  Whatever our disagreements, be they substantive policy arguments, misguided bigotry, or petty misunderstandings, guns cannot be the answer.  Rather than disrespecting people because they hold ideas with which we disagree and turning on them with violence, we must find our way back to civility.  Otherwise, as a nation, we will lose our democracy and our moral compass.

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