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Gun Trafficking and violence workshop held for local pastors

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Local Pastors spent Saturday learning what they can do to make the community a safer place.
The Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes held a workshop on gun trafficking and violence in Elkhart County.

Les Gustafson-Zook with the Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes said, "violence affects all of us."  That's why Les Gustafson-Zook With the Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes said they held a gun violence and trafficking workshop for local pastors.  "Folks are always looking for ways to impact and make our community a less violent place," said Gustafson-Zook.

He admits Elkhart County isn't a hot bed for gun violence.  But a recent event has folks thinking about it.  "We just recently had a murder-suicide downtown Goshen that was tragic," said Gustafson-Zook.

For the workshop the Pastors visited local gun shops.  Gustafson-Zook said, "Many Pastors in our community don't visit gun shops regularly and so it's a chance to visit and see what's going on and just get an idea of who's doing what."

And heard from Fred Kauffman with the Mennonite Central Committee in Philadelphia, an area with a lot more illegal gun trafficking and violence.  "In Philly virtually all of the murders and done with guns illegally trafficked," said Kauffman.

Kauffman said this is not a gun control or gun rights issue.  "It's a spiritual issue, it's a profoundly spiritual issue.  What do we put our trust in?"  And that's why local pastors are having this conversation.

The group extended the conversation to the public Saturday night as well at a community presentation in Elkhart.

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