They say they are fed up with this cycle of violence, and sharing their grief helps in trying to heal the overwhelming heartbreak.
“I think the majority of people are fed up,” said event organizer Shelley Bruce. “I’m tired of grieving. I’m sick of my grief being a soundbite. Not only do I want to make sure my voice is heard, I want to ask my representatives to take action that affects the majority of Americans.”
Several community organizations gathered at the vigil and rally on Saturday.
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They were certainly thinking of the victims of the deadly massacre in Texas, but they were also honoring the victims of the two previous mass shootings, in Buffalo at the grocery store and at a church in Laguna Woods – there were three mass shootings that took place back to back within 12 days.
Those who gathered Saturday say gun violence must end and lawmakers must finally enact tougher gun laws. They say uniting is the only way to ensure change
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“We want to come together and create a safe place for everyone to mourn and grieve over these travesties,” said Anthony Bryson of the organization CORE Movement. “Come together in a sense of healing before discussing what the next steps are and how we can find a solution so things like this don’t happen again.”
In Woodland Hills, another gathering honored the innocent victims. Mothers called for action by holding a vigil against gun violence. Those who attended the event say it is time for action.
“What country thinks it’s too dangerous to trust an 18-year-old with a Coors six-pack, but it’s fine for an 18-year-old to buy an arsenal of guns,” said Rep. Brad Sherman.
Many who turned out for Saturday’s events are urging all voters to raise their voices to demand change to save lives.
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