COLUMBUS—"Our community is in shock and numb to all this gun violence. There is a need to come together to grieve and honor the lives of those murdered by hate." Those are the words Reverend Nic Cable, minister of the Unitarian Universalist
Congregation in Columbus.
Reverend Cable is one of the speakers at a 5 p.m. vigil Thursday on the steps of Columbus City Hall. The event has been organized by the Columbus Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Victims of the recent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio and California will be remembered.
Cate Hyatt, one of the organizers with the group, says the vigil also offers the chance to call for universal background checks for gun buyers and a national red-flag law. The law, which is in effect in some states, including Indiana, gives courts the ability to take guns away from people who may be dangerous. Hyatt calls these common sense laws.
Hyatt believes the recent shootings may be the tipping point for lawmakers to enact stricter gun laws, while still protecting Second Amendment rights. Reverend Cable echoes those views. "We need to harness this grief toward action, toward imagining and building a world where gun violence is no more. But first we must come together and grieve in community," he said.