Members of a group dedicated to preventing gun violence descended on Union Square yesterday to advocate for gun control laws.
The California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America hosted a #WhateverItTakes Day of Action event in the square, beginning at noon, informing tourists and shoppers about ways to prevent gun violence.
Members passed out papers, which listed contact information for Congress and Congress members, encouraging people to write and urge members to create legislation that would prevent gun violence.
The event was part of a national day of action, as gun violence survivors, elected officials and gun violence prevention advocates and their supporters rallied in cities throughout the country, including on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Andy Parker, the father of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker who was shot to death during a live broadcast in Virginia last month, also joined the rally in Washington, D.C.
Gun violence kills 88 Americans and injures hundreds more every day, according to the organization.
“We’re not asking for people to get rid of all of their guns. We just want safe gun laws that protect our kids, our parents, and ourselves,” MDAGSA member Cynthia Pillsbury said.
“We’re not going to be silent on this issue. This is important, people should vote on this. People should know where they’re congressmen and women stand in the upcoming elections.”
MDAGSA is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the county.
MDAGSA was created following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, in which 28 people died after a gunman attacked the school in 2012.