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Local group organizes rapid response event in light of mass shootings

BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) – Between two mass shootings over the weekend, 31 people were killed in El Paso TX. and Dayton, OH.

These latest shootings caused a local group to create a call to action. The McLean County chapter of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is organizing a rapid response event for  Wednesday night.

Organizers said the event’s goals are to give people a chance to grieve, pray, and take action.

“I think we are reaching people tomorrow night that have said to themselves we want to do something but I don’t know what to do… and yet again with a mass shooting that gets all the media attention. it inspires people to finally say I’m ready,” said Karen Irvin with Moms Demand Action.

The group’s legislative team lead, Sarah Breeden , said they hope to influence change in federal law. Breeden said she thinks Illinois already has some good laws in place which could be implemented nationwide.

“Which is the firearms restraining order,” she said, “That is an extreme risk protection order that identifies when someone is at risk to harm themselves or others that they’re not allowed to have guns.”

Even if their event can’t reach everyone, Breeden said she hopes they can achieve change through the law.

“If we have legislation in place that would prevent those people from having access to guns or make it more difficult to have access to guns that is a step I would be proud of,” said Breeden.

The rapid response event is Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. on the front steps of the McLean County History Museum.

The group said even though the title “Moms” is in their name, anyone can join. To get updates about what the group is up to, you can text ‘READY’ to 64433.

Molly Jirasek

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