Editors, Vineyard Gazette:    

As members of the clergy affiliated with St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Edgartown, we deem it important publicly to state our strong support for legislative measures currently being considered and debated that would address the obvious need for enhanced safety and protection of all people related to gun violence. Specifically, we strongly support a ban on the sale of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines; requiring effective background checks for all gun purchases; provisions allowing for better access to mental health services; and measures aimed at gun trafficking. We urge all like-minded citizens to contact their legislators immediately to voice their support of such legislation.

The Reverend Chip Seadale, Rector, Edgartown

(Also signing the letter were Reverend Jack Burton, Reverend Richard Fenn, Reverend Helen Havens and Reverend Richard Olson)