Fwd: Urgent: Host a vigil to end gun violence in Petaluma Saturday

A friend of mine was naturally horrified by the recent tragedy in the Conneticut middle school.  She emailed me and what came through in the email was something that I think is fairly common in the face of any tragedy.  

When we are faced w/ a tragedy, we seem to need reasons.  Why did it happen?  How could it happen?  Did some greater power than Man plan it this way? 

I replied w/ some philosophical  words, to the effect that we should look only to ourselves for the answers, and for any failures that made it possible for this kind of thing to happen. 

Shortly after I sent her that reply, I saw that someone who had been touched by a similar tragedy was actually doing something toward being a part of the solution, rather than simply asking questions or pointing fingers.  Here is what she is doing and hoping that others will do as well: 

Dear MoveOn member,

Today we are all witness to an unspeakable tragedy.

Five years ago, my daughter Emily was in French class at Virginia Tech when a gunman opened fire, killing her teacher and 11 of her friends and classmates. Emily was shot twice in the back of the head, but survived. We can't let this continue.

Now is the time for neighbors to comfort one another, keep the victims of the Connecticut tragedy in our hearts, and call for a plan to end gun violence. I personally will be demanding a plan to end gun violence—condolences are not enough. By coming together and lifting our voices, we can help prevent this from ever happening again.

Tomorrow at 5 p.m., I'm hosting a candlelight vigil in my neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. I hope others around the country will join me and make this a national moment of mourning, reflection, and resolve to act.  

Can you host a vigil in your community tomorrow evening, Saturday, December 15, around 5 p.m., to remember the victims and call for a plan?

Yes, I can host a candlelight vigil.

A local school or a neighborhood park—places that should be safe for our children—are good locations for your vigil. You can bring family and friends, and MoveOn staff will help recruit other members who are seeking a quiet place to gather in community—parents, grandparents, teachers, children, neighbors. 

Today, President Obama's press secretary said that "Now is not [the] time" to act to prevent gun violence. Mr. President, today IS the day to talk about the deadly toll of gun violence on American families, communities, and especially, our kids. I personally am demanding a plan from the President so no more children will experience this kind of tragedy.

Please—join me and host a candlelight vigil in your neighborhood tomorrow.

Sign up to host a vigil by clicking here.

Thank you,

Lori Haas, mother of a Virginia Tech survivor

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