Emanuel AME survivors speak at Democratic National Convention

VIDEO: Emanuel AME survivors speak at Democratic National Convention

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two of the Emanuel AME survivors, Polly Sheppard and Felicia Sanders, spoke at the DNC to address gun violence and why they are throwing their support behind Hillary Clinton.

"Hillary Clinton called on Charleston lawmakers to close the loophole. Because of the loophole, even though the shooter had an arrest record, when it didn't surface, as three days passed, he could still buy that gun," Felicia Sanders said.

Both spoke on the recent shootings and why forgiving the suspected church shooter allowed them to not let hate destroy them.

The June 17 shooting claimed the life of Mother Emanuel AME's pastor, State Sen. and the Rev. Clementa Pinckney. In addition to Pinckney, the other victims of the shooting were Tywanza Sanders, the Revs. Sharonda Singleton, DePayne Middleton Doctor, and Daniel Simmons Sr.; and Cynthia Hurd, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, and Susie Jackson.

Sheppard and Sanders said that the shooters who take the lives of Americans are hateful, but that they choose to embrace love.

They also endorsed Clinton as their candidate.

Copyright 2016 WCSC/CBS News. All rights reserved.