February 15, 2023, Adrian, Michigan – The following statement in response to the tragic gun violence at Michigan State University has been issued by the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Congregation on behalf of all Adrian Dominican Sisters. The anguish of another devastating act of gun violence in our nation is even more acute when it happens in one’s own home state at a university attended by members of our families and other loved ones, and on the heels of the horrific Oxford High School shooting in Michigan just over a year ago. We hold the three young people whose lives were so savagely cut short and their grieving families in our hearts and prayer, and pray for the recovery of the five critically injured students. We pray too for the healing of all members of the Michigan State University community who are dealing with the shock and traumatic effects of the assault, and especially for MSU students tragically living through a second experience of mass shootings in their young lives. Our hearts are shattered by the rising tide of gun violence in our nation, rocking places like our children’s schools which should be sanctuaries of safety and security. There have been 67 mass shootings in our country in just over six weeks of this new year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. No other nation in the world experiences these kinds of mass shootings, made possible by the ease of access to so many weapons. We call on our Michigan State Legislators and on the U.S. Congress to take immediate urgent steps to enact comprehensive gun control laws.