Los Angeles: Community gathers in Hollywood for vigil honoring Texas school shooting victims, demands gun control

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Southern Californians let out their frustration and pain at an emotional vigil in Hollywood honoring the victims of the Texas school massacre.

They say they are tired of this vicious circle of violence, and sharing their grief helps heal from this overwhelming grief.

“I think the majority of people are really fed up,” said event organizer Shelley Bruce. “I’m sick of crying. I’m sick of my grief being a small phrase. I don’t just want to make sure my voice is heard, I want to ask my reps to take action on the things I a majority of Americans want.”

Several community organizations gathered at Saturday’s vigil and rally.

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The victims of the deadly massacre in Texas were certainly at the heart of their concerns, but they also honored those who were lost in the two previous mass shootings, in Buffalo at the grocery store and in a church in Laguna Woods – three shootings of mass occur back to back over a matter of 12 days.

Those who gathered on Saturday say gun violence must end and lawmakers must finally pass tougher gun laws. They say uniting is the only way to ensure change

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“We want to come together and create a safe space for everyone to cry and cry over these parodies,” said Anthony Bryson of the CORE Movement organization. “Come together in a sense of healing before we talk about next steps and how to get a resolution so things like this don’t happen again.”

In Woodland Hills, another rally honored the innocent victims. The mums demanded action by organizing a vigil against gun violence. Those who attended this event say it is time to act.

“What kind of country thinks it’s too dangerous to trust an 18-year-old with a six-pack of Coors, but it’s okay for an 18-year-old to buy an arsenal of weapons,” he said. said Rep. Brad Sherman.

Many of those who turned out for Saturday’s events are urging all voters to use their voices to demand change to save lives.

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