Activists observe MLK Day to call for end to gun violence

Activists observe MLK Day to call for end to gun violence

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Community activists observed Dr. Martin Luther King Day by calling an end to gun violence.

About 100 people rallied at Marion Square which is located a block away from Mother Emanuel AME church where nine members were shot to death last June.

The event was billed Gun Violence-America is killing the dream.

Community leaders, survivors, and family members of victims participated.

"Gun violence can be stopped tomorrow if we want it to," state Representative Wendell Gilliard told the crowd.

Victims killed by gun violence were honored. Their names were called one by one.

For some it was too much to handle. Monica Jefferson's son's name was called.

"It's still like a dream to me just to hear his name," Jefferson said. "As a mother you should not have to stand here and hear your son 's name being read as a victim to gun violence."

A close friend of Emanuel AME church pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney recalled the night he learned Pinckney was killed at the church.

Reverend Kylon Middleton is determined to take a stand against gun violence.

"We will do everything that we can with our fiber and our being to hold our legislators accountable and if they do not do it we will energize to get rid of them," Middleton said.

Jefferson said nothing will get done of parents don't get on board to fight gun violence.

"They have to realize it happened to me today but it can be your child tomorrow," Jefferson said.

The rally was sponsored by the Coalition-People United to Save the Community.

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