Between two mass shootings over the weekend in Texas and Ohio, at least 31 people lost their lives. A painful reminder for the members of the McLean County chapter of Moms Demand Action as to why they feel their work is so important.
Hundreds gathered Wednesday night on the steps of the McLean County History Museum, lining main street in Bloomington.
“My son was at Normal Community High School when a student brought a gun in the high school some years back and had to be evacuated. I’ve had friends who have personally been impacted by gun violence and I really just think it’s time for us to do something about it.” said Moms Demand Action member Vickie Robertson.
The McLean County chapter is over 200 strong with 50 active core members who fight for local, state, and federal gun laws.
” My hope is that in a week, in 10 days that they won’t forget and that this will move them to take action.” said Diane White, one of the co leaders of the McLean chapter.
While the group works a lot with legislation, to combat violence on a local level, they have their ‘Be Smart’ campaign. It’s goal is to educate parents and their kids about safe gun ownership and security to prevent unintentional shootings, suicides, and homicides.
“It is common ground, I have yet to find a person who can argue with responsible gun storage you know we ask people to store their guns responsibly, to model responsible behavior, to ask about firearms when we send our kids to homes we are unfamiliar with, to recognize the signs of suicide and to tell others to be smart.” said Sheri Strohl, a member of Moms Demand Action
One of the group’s most recent victories on the state level is the passage of the firearms restraining order act.
It suspends a person’s right to buy or own firearms if a family member, household member or law enforcement is concerned that someone poses a threat to themselves or others.
Members say despite those strides, more must be done.
“And we shouldn’t wait , we shouldn’t wait for one of our loved ones to be part of a tragedy before we take action.” said Strohl