2. Rev. Alvin Herring
The Rev. Alvin Herring, executive director of Faith in Action, an international network of 39 federations and local groups in 21 states and three countries, condemned anti-Semitism and hate-fueled rhetoric in America.
"We stand today with our Jewish loved ones, heartbroken and angry to find ourselves in the wake of yet another mass shooting. We mourn the lives lost today to hatred and anti-Semitism fueled by politicians, just as we've mourned the hundreds of thousands of lives lost to gun violence since a gunman opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school," Herring declared.
"Today's shooting is not the only act of violence this week committed in the name of hate. Only two days ago, two Black Americans were killed, including the father of the woman in charge of diversity and equity for the city of Louisville, after a gunman attempted to enter First Baptist Church in Jeffersontown with the intent to kill African Americans," he added, referring to a separate incident in Kentucky on Wednesday where a white shooter attempted to enter a black church.
"Both instances of gun violence come in the shadow of a string of pipe bombs sent to several Democratic officials and public figures."