DETROIT — The Wayne County commissioners paused for a moment of silence on Thursday to remember victims of the recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, El Paso, Texas and Gilroy, California, unanimously approving a resolution which, “strongly condemns any hatred toward immigrants already residing or seeking to reside in the United States.”
“The gun violence in this country has got to be stopped,” Commission Chair Alisha Bell (D-Detroit) said while also remembering victims of other mass shootings, as well as the 36 Detroit residents killed in the past 30 days.
The resolution was introduced by Commissioner Sam Baydoun (D-Dearborn) and states that, “the idea of hate often spawns further hate and as a nation we must work together to quell the urge to vehemently disagree publicly, which often leads to violence and the loss of innocent lives.”
Baydoun said that the current atmosphere is nothing like what the Founding Fathers had hoped for during their times.
“As we have seen recently, xenophobic remarks have inspired and continue to inspire the extremist elements to carry out these heinous acts of violence against innocent people,” he said. “Our Founding Fathers never imagined this kind of a country, where some extremist elements massacre other Americans simply because of the color of their skins. This is totally un-American and this is not what we stand for as a nation. This madness must be stopped.”