It has been eight years of ongoing gun violence since the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers like you who have worked to prevent gun violence, the intervening years have brought small changes in gun laws here and there around the nation.

But not enough changes to avert the loss of about a quarter-million more victims since December 2012.

Our 2020 vigil

The best thing you can say about the coronavirus pandemic is that, with in-person learning suspended almost everywhere since mid-March, the number of school shootings in America has fallen sharply.

Undeterred by the pandemic, we at SD4GVP conducted our annual vigil for the 26 victims — 20 children and 6 adults — of Sandy Hook. In a vigil that was virtual this year, each of us lit a candle of remembrance and took a photo that our own Carol and Ron compiled into this video:

Grieving gun violence – A prayer

We rang a bell for the victims of Sandy Hook, and for the names of our own friends and family members affected by gun violence. Vicki read “Grieving Gun Violence,” a prayer written by Reverend Keith Kron of the national Unitarian Universalist organization:

Then, as we do every December, we’re getting back out and will continue working for laws that keep firearms out of the hands of people who should not have them.

We invite you to join us.

John White is a volunteer with San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention.

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