CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Faith congregations across South Carolina are standing up to gun violence.
South Carolina has the fifth highest rate of gun deaths. On Stand Up Sunday faith leaders are remembering gun violence victims and pushing for gun reform.
Mount Zion AME Church honored and celebrated the lives of gun violence victims in our area by writing their names on hundreds of white crosses displayed at the church.
Dr. Kylon Middleton is the pastor of the Church. It's the daughter church of Mother Emanuel AME.
"So this enables us to at least help shoulder the cross that these families are bearing, they carry this with them every single day," Middleton said.
Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting survivor Polly Sheppard attends Mount Zion. She along with other are pushing for gun legislation reform along with about a thousand other churches across South Carolina on Stand Up Sunday.
"We have to turn their stories their tragic stories into an opportunity for us to move at least our society forward on this issue," Middleton said.