Vigil held to honor victims of gun violence and inspire change
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dozens gathered in the gymnasium of St. James Episcopal Church downtown to pray for an end to a problem facing ours and many communities like it around the country, gun violence. Tonight those in Wilmington were not alone.
“The National Gun Violence Sabbath started four years ago after the Sandy Hook shootings,” said Donald Arabian the co-chair and co-founder of Wilmington Faiths Against Gun Violence. “This year somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 events are being held nationwide.”
Through song and prayer, people brought attention to an issue that touched so many lives.
“The gun is a tool. The underlying issue here is violence. Gun violence of course because that truly is a very efficient way to injure or kill someone,” said Arabian.
Some like Judy McKnight, the founder and president of Moms in Mourning, sadly know first hand the heartbreak that comes out of shooting incidents.
“It’s not only devastating for mothers like me that lose a child, but it’s also devastating for that mother of the child who pulled that trigger, or that person who pulled that trigger or stabbed that person. They’re losing a child too. Sometimes to a life in prison,” McKnight said.
She said events like this are important to educate and inspire change.