Exeter forum addresses gun safety at home

Exeter forum addresses gun safety at home

Gun Rights

EXETER — A sign outside Exeter Town Hall Friday night read “We cannot allow gunshots to become the heartbeat of America.” The event, a panel discussion on gun safety in the home marked the third forum held by Exeter Orange, a student-led anti-gun violence organization dedicated to using conversation to influence gun reform in New Hampshire. “Our group emerged following the March for Our Lives, an event that happened nationwide,” said Ella Horvath, a seventh-grade student at the Cooperative Middle School, who served as one of the moderators for the evening’s discussion. “We are CMS, Exeter High and Phillips Exeter Academy students committed to taking further action” Horvath, PEA student Jordan Davidson and EHS student Ava Liponis, with fellow students gathered a panel to discuss gun safety in the home. The panel consisted of Exeter police officer Joe Byron, Ann Haaser of the Jeanie Geiger Crisis Center and a member of Moms Demand Action, Joi Smith, client services manager at Haven, and Jody Marchand, a survivor of domestic gun violence. The talk offered some gun safety tips, some talk about gun legislation and domestic violence and how guns often play a role. Jody Marchand was living in Westford, Mass. in 2010, when her husband Brian shot her and shot and killed her 17-year-old daughter Olivia in an unspeakable act of domestic violence. Marchand now speaks publicly about her tragedy and holds the Live for Liv Ride/Run event in honor of her child. “The money we raise is donated to […]

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