There have been vigils held across the country for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting that claimed the lives of 58 people and injured hundreds more. It is a beautiful outpouring of love and community in the face of a tragedy to see people uniting to grieve as one.  Candles have been lit, bells have been rung and names have been read.

In 2017 there has been the equivalent of almost 208 Las Vegas shootings across the United States. Sadly, they had no unified vigil in their honor- no collective candle has been lit and the bells have remained silent.

We must reject the notion that now is not the time to talk about gun violence.  We must act because this is a national crisis. The best way to honor victims is with action. So I am asking you to act.

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Start having the conversation with your family, your friends, your neighbors and your communities. Talk about ways to reduce the gun violence in this country and then start bringing those conversations to your elected officials. Let them know sensible gun legislation matters.

Gun violence does not discriminate- it does not care your race, your religion, your sexual orientation, your age or political party. It is time- in fact past time- so please start having the conversations and get involved. You can start by contacting your local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and become a part of the movement to end gun violence.

 

 

Patti Wilson-Fico

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Union County Chapter Lead