The following is a release from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America-Illinois:
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America-Illinois will host three memorial events on Saturday, Dec. 14, in honor of the 20 children and six adults murdered one year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
These vigils, called “No More Silence,” will send a clear message that it’s time to make noise about gun reform. Moms in Chicago, Springfield and the western suburbs will honor the Newtown victims and all victims of gun violence through bell ringing in lieu of a moment of silence. One of these events will take place at Cornell Square Park, the location of the mass shooting that occurred this year, injuring thirteen people including a three year old.
The times and locations of the vigils are as follows:
- 8:35 a.m. — Western Springs Historical Society, Western Springs
- 11 a.m. — Cornell Square Park, Chicago
- 5 p.m. — Old State Capital Plaza, Springfield
These events will be sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in Amercia, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, and over fifteen other gun violence prevention groups throughout the State. The events will include speakers, reading of the names and a communal bell ringing to honor the 26 victims killed in Newtown. Nationally, there will be more than 50 “No More Silence” events in 35 states. A full list of events is available here.
“The tragedy at Sandy Hook was a wake-up call for many of us and we can no longer be silent about our nation’s raging epidemic of gun violence,” said Stephanie Gordon, leader of the Illinois Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Nearly eight children and teens are shot and killed everyday in America. It is time our voices are heard.”