Parkland shooting survivors hold Charleston town hall on gun violence

Parkland shooting survivors hold Charleston town hall on gun violence

Gun Rights

Violence brought them together — two shootings that shocked the country; shootings that tore the innocence from a historic Charleston church and a Florida high school. On Tuesday, 12 survivors of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida came to Charleston for a town hall discussion on gun violence at the Sottile Theatre. They also met privately with the loved ones of the nine victims who died during the Emanuel AME Church shooting in 2015. The town hall is part of the students’ nationwide “Road to Change,” tour where they plan to visit some 75 cities, including Charleston, over the span of two months. “I should not be here today and I never expected to be here, but evil has brought us together in order to stop that evil,” Matt Deitsch, a graduate of the Florida high school whose brother survived the shooting. “And we have to continue coming together in order to make sure that not a single American suffers from gun violence again. We’re all a part of the same ugly club. Parkland and Charleston share a common denominator and we fight the same fight.” In a press conference before the town hall, Deitsch said that as long as elected officials stand by and offer thoughts and prayers, but no action, communities across the country are not safe from gun violence. The 20-year-old urged anyone eligible to vote to register and to come together in a unified front.” Deitsch was joined […]

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