Groups to discuss gun law issues

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Local groups seeking sensible gun laws will meet Saturday, Sept. 8, at the University of the Incarnate Word for a “Day of Action” that includes calling political candidates and lawmakers that day.

UIW’s Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability will be host for the meeting involving representatives from the local “March for Our Lives” and “Moms Demand Action” groups.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m. at J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium with the groups meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Following lunch, the phone calling will take place 12:45-2 p.m.

“The agenda will educate people for action,” Sister Martha Ann Kirk, a longtime religious studies professor at UIW, said. “Ways to do effective messaging, writing and calling of candidates will be shared. People will actually break up and call candidates and legislators on that day. People can learn to be change agents in society today.”

Honors Program Junior Victoria A. Paz, a sociology major, has participated in several roundtable discussions about social issues and gun violence.

“The nature of gun violence in America is wholeheartedly devastating,” Paz said. “In the wake of contemporary innovation and progress, adults and adolescents have needlessly lost their lives to gratuitous violence. Rather than an abnormality, mass shooting events have become commonplace. The continued tolerance of tragedy is an injustice to humanity.

“The strength and initiative of the students affected by gun violence illuminates the sheer resilience and power of younger generations. We can and will be agents of change. I hope that — regardless of political affiliation — past and present generations can collaborate to implement effective regulatory legislation on the purchase and use of firearms.”

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