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Michigan Moms To Lead Vigils Against Gun Violence

PHOTO: Bells will ring and the names of victims of gun violence will be read at a series of vigils across the state on Saturday which mark the first anniversary of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
PHOTO: Bells will ring and the names of victims of gun violence will be read at a series of vigils across the state on Saturday which mark the first anniversary of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
December 13, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – On the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, Michigan mothers will join moms from 34 other states in commemorating the lives lost to gun violence, and to encourage others to speak out.

It's been one year since 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before taking his own life.

Linda Brundage leads the Michigan chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and says despite some new security measures at schools, not enough has been done to prevent a similar tragedy.

"Very little has happened in Michigan to make our children safer,” she points out. “What will make us safer is less access to guns."

The vigils will take place Saturday in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit, and are open to the public. More information is at MomsDemandAction.org.

Brundage stresses the group is not anti-gun and firmly supports the Second Amendment.

However, she says the current culture of violence in this country necessitates a call for more responsible gun ownership and tighter background checks, particularly when it comes to Internet sales and gun shows.

"It's 20 years since the original Brady background check passed, and that has prevented more than 2 million people, mostly felons, from getting guns,” she stresses. “However, there are too many loopholes."

Moms Demand Action was founded the day after the Newtown tragedy and was instrumental in convincing Starbucks to ban guns from its coffee shops earlier this year.


Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI