Charlottesville Coalition Holds Vigil for Victims of Sandy Hook
Charlottesville Downtown Mall
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
Saturday marked one year since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
At around 9:30 on the morning of December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza gunned down six women and 20 young children before taking his own life.
Saturday, an informal coalition in Charlottesville met at that same time to mark the anniversary and take a stand against gun violence.
The Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention held a vigil at the free speech wall on the downtown mall Saturday morning.
The group read the names and ages of all the Sandy Hook victims, with the ringing of a bell and the statement quote "We will not be silent" in between.
Organizers emphasize their goal is to address the problem of gun violence.
“We don't believe in banning guns,” says Jean Hammond, a member of the coalition. “We recognize that they are used in many ways - for pleasure, for sport but we want to end violence. It's the opposition to violence that we want to stress.”
The coalition formed in August and is made up of community members concerned about the issue of gun violence in the community.
Members of the coalition say they believe anyone who shares the same view should participate by contacting their legislators. They want lawmakers to take action to prevent another mass shooting.
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