Local event held to honor victims of Santa Fe shooting

Wake County News

Several dozen students, parents, advocates and religious leaders gathered in front of the State Capitol building for a die-in Wednesday.

“I’ve lost six family members to gun violence in my lifetime,” Raleigh veteran Gerald Givens said.

The Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran said he understands the need for guns, but students should be safe in school.  

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“To continue to stay involved in this struggle, it’s not going to take one march. It’s not going to take one rally. It’s not going to take one demonstration,” Givens said.

Advocates said they hoped the small action of the die-in sends a larger message.

“You don’t have to be like older and of voting age to be informed,” Holly Springs High School student Lauren Smith said.

Smith is also a member of Students Demand Action for Gun Sense. She helped organize the event.

The focus Wednesday was on the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas 12 days ago. Ten people were killed and 13 others injured.

They lit and then released a lantern for each of the victims. 

“They had so much more to give, and we wanted to take a minute to acknowledge that,” Smith said.

Smith and others called on the General Assembly to take up an extreme risk protection order, which allows courts to temporarily prohibit a person from having a gun if law enforcement or a family member shows they pose a risk of significant danger to themselves or others.

They’re also pushing for a ban on bump stocks.

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