LANSING, Mich., June 18, 2024 — Multiple mass shootings took place over the weekend in Metro Detroit. In response, state Reps. Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield Township) and Christine Morse (D-Texas Township), the chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Michigan Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention Caucus issued the following statement:

“Over the weekend, one woman was killed and four others were shot in Detroit. Six people were shot at a house in Lathrup Village, and in Rochester Hills, a mom and dad were shot a total of seven times when they used themselves as human shields to protect their two daughters from a gunman who opened fire at a splash pad. These brave parents are two of the nine victims injured in that shooting.

“Gun violence is a public health crisis. Our work to deliver gun violence prevention legislation to the Governor’s desk has resulted in universal background checks, required safe storage of firearms, and the creation of a legal process to remove guns from the possession of those intent on harming themselves or others — but there is still more work to be done.  We are committed to continuing our work to advance policies that address the threat of gun violence in our communities and our neighborhoods.  We hope to learn from the ongoing investigations around these mass shootings how we as legislators can help advance meaningful change.

“Our hearts go out to those impacted by these senseless acts and to their families and friends who are grieving and working to help support their loved ones in the aftermath of violence.”