This summer, we’ve seen a deadly shooting on live TV, a deadly shooting at a church, a deadly shooting at a military recruitment center and a deadly shooting in Lafayette. Not to mention the countless other shootings that don’t grab national headlines.

This is not the kind of country we want to live in. Every day, 88 Americans are killed with firearms and hundreds more are injured because of the easy access dangerous people have to guns. We can prevent gun violence with common-sense measures, like background checks, to keep guns away from dangerous people.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, has given me a way to channel my grief into action.

The organization advocates for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment while protecting Americans from gun violence. Moms Demand Action fights for solutions to our nation’s lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families.

As we work to rebuild a stronger community and help one another as we mourn the loss of our loved ones, we are launching a local chapter of Moms Demand Action in Acadiana. Please join us Sept. 10 as our local group joins communities across the country in a day of action to demand that Congress do #Whatever ItTakes to fix our broken gun laws. Join us at the Lafayette Public Library at 301 W. Congress St. Doors open at 5 p.m. and a brief informational meeting will follow at 5:30 p.m.

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Sara Ritchey

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America