In honor of more than 30,000 people killed by guns each year, including the children who were slain at Sandy Hook Elementary two years ago, Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl joined gun violence survivors to promote the first ever “Light L.A. Day.”
Speakers at the event included Sarah Wirtz and Rhonda Foster, whose niece and son respectively, were lost to gun violence. Wirtz, whose niece was one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre, told the audience, “You don’t think it can happen to you, until it does.” Foster, whose son was killed at the age of seven, said, “We have lost too many loved ones to gun violence.”
Light LA Day, sponsored by the advocacy groups, Women Against Gun Violence, Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, local Brady Campaign chapters, and the network of gun violence prevention organizations throughout the county, is part of a national remembrance coordinated by the Newtown Foundation in partnership with the Washington National Cathedral and other anti-violence groups.
To help shine a light on the devastating toll that gun violence takes on society, faith organizations and gun violence prevention groups held vigils in each of the 50 states. According to the Newtown Action Alliance, there have been 91 school shootings nationwide since the tragic assault in Newtown.
“Enough is enough,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “For the sake of our children, it is time to take a stand and work toward a more peaceful and better future for all.”