Cary among areas where rallies held to call for end to violence after El Paso, Dayton shootings

— A week after two fatal attacks struck fear in the hearts of Americans, the chorus calling for change is growing louder by the day.

Leaders and even local community members are weaving their voices together, demanding protection that can help us all sleep a little better. Saturday in Cary, a group used the moment to prompt change here at home.

About 40 people came out wearing orange ribbons to remember those killed in mass shootings one weekend ago. Students, parents and community advocates who attended Saturday’s community conversation were pushing for change from lawmakers.

They said they don’t plan on giving up.

Megan Sharma and Deb Bhattacharya were students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the location where 17 people were killed and 17 injured in a mass shooting.

“How are we standing by, shooting after shooting, the apathy in this country is becoming ridiculous to the point that shootings have become routine,” Sharma said. “It’s something that’s always in your mind, it’s not something that goes away.”

Recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have opened fresh wounds.

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“This does affect us and we have to do something,” Bhattacharya said.

Dozens of people from various backgrounds came together in Cary as one, trying to figure out what can be done to prevent another senseless tragedy from happening.

“It’s never going to end unless we do something about it,” Bhattacharya said. “Honestly, call on lawmakers to make change and speak out whenever this does happen.”

Representative Cynthia Ball attended the vigil in Cary. She wants to see a bi-partisan bill that promotes gun safety.

“It doesn’t matter who gets the credit, we just need to do something,” Ball said.

People like Sharma said they’re tired of begging for change.

“The time for sweet words and just vote them out … that’s done for,” Sharma said. “We need to take action.”

March for our Lives in Cary helped organized Saturday’s event. They also recognized victims of shootings in Gilroy, California, Chicago and Brooklyn.

Published at Sun, 11 Aug 2019 03:11:25 +0000

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