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Missouri Moms To Lead Vigil 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 country - including St. Louis - on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. 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 country - including St. Louis - on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. Photo courtesy of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
December 13, 2013

ST. LOUIS – On the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, Missouri 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.

Melissa Brooks leads the Missouri 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.

"We want our schools to be free of danger,” she insists. “We want our teachers who can concentrate on teaching our children. It can happen anywhere."

Saturday's vigil is open to the public and will take place at the Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, along with 59 other sites nationwide.

More information is at MomsDemandAction.org.

Brooks 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.

"Sandy Hook was a bell that rung for a lot of us, and it can't be unrung now,” she stresses. “It was really Sandy Hook that woke me up to what has been going on in this country for way too long."

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 - MO