On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six educators were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., in one of the most horrific massacres in our history.
On Thursday, five years later, several state and local gun safety advocacy groups will host a Vigil to End Gun Violence at 6:30 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church, one of more than 200 vigils planned around the country to call attention to the urgent need for sensible gun legislation.
In addition to speakers, two members of The Orlando Gay Chorus will perform in remembrance of the victims.
“We must force ourselves to look back at the horror of the Sandy Hook killings and know we must keep fighting to save our communities, state, and the country from preventable, deadly gun violence,” said Patricia Brigham, co-chair of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.
What: Vigil to End Gun Violence
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14
Who: Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and the League of Women Voters of Orange and Seminole counties.
Speakers: Rep. Carlos G. Smith; David Barden of the Seminole County League of Women Voters, who lost a young cousin at Sandy Hook; The Three Wise Guys of WMFE’s Friends Talking Faith; Dr. Marcus Levy, emergency room surgeon who treated Pulse victims; and Hannah Willard of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and Equality Florida.