Parkland shooting survivor: Don’t let gun violence be normal

Parkland shooting survivor: Don't let gun violence be normal

Buy Photo HADDON HEIGHTS – A student who survived the Parkland school shooting urged listeners at a gun-violence forum here to resist seeing bullets and bloodshed as a given in American life. “Lives being lost to gun violence is becoming normal,” Carly Novell told more than 100 people in the auditorium of Haddon Heights High School. “I want to remind you guys, this is not normal,” she said, speaking by Skype from Florida. Parkland shooting survivor Carly Novell tunes in via Skype to address gun violence Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Haddon Heights High School. Produced by Joe Lamberti/Courier Post Novell hid in a closet while a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 14 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. That desperate measure echoed the ordeal of her grandfather, Charles Cohen, who also hid in a closet to escape a mass shooting by Howard Unruh in Camden almost 70 years ago. “This pain should not be generational,” said Novell, who tweeted about her grandfather’s experience after the Florida shooting. Speaking at the forum, Novell’s aunt – Camden school nurse Robin Cogan – said gun owners could protect the public by locking their weapons and storing them away from juveniles. Cogan, who said she became a “nurse activist” after the Parkland shooting, also said gun violence should be viewed as “a public health epidemic.” But the meeting’s organizer, Rep. Donald Norcross, D-Camden, noted a federal regulation bars gun-violence research by the Centers for Disease Control. “Nobody’s […]

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