Community Members Rally in Duluth for Mass Shooting Victims

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: August 07, 2019 06:25 PM

Duluth community members spoke on gun violence and mourned the loss of victims from the Texas and Ohio mass shootings Wednesday at city hall with the 'Honor Them With Action Rally.'

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Anger, frustration, fear, and sadness was expressed by community leaders who spoke at rally.

“I’m here because I’m concerned about our country, concerned about our children, concerned about everyone who’s becoming more fearful,” Nina Preheim, a community member from Duluth, said. “I think the most recent shootings have highlighted how it can happen anywhere at any time to anyone.”

“It’s nice to see the community outreach in a time where I think people need a gathering to come together on,” Arik Forsman, the councilor at large for Duluth City Council, said.

Community members rang a bell to honor the lives of the victims.

“We need to speak out against mass shootings and stand in solidarity with communities across the country,” Susana Pelayo- Woodward, the chair of the UMD Department of Diversity, said.

It was a time of mourning at the rally, but also a time to remind citizens that they have a voice. Community members at the rally said state and federal leaders need to take action by improving gun control laws and funding research on gun violence.

“We have petitions for people to sign asking the state senate to take up the gun bills that were passed in the house,” Joan Peterson, a board member of the Brady United Against Gun Violence, said.

“They don’t have this problem in other countries like we do. We need to look deeply into what we can do,” Preheim said.

The rally showed how much a mass shooting affects an entire country and brings fear to communities.

“Every day I’m concerned about your safety, this community's safety,” Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said.

The big takeaway from the rally was to take action and do something.

“I have never seen so many emotional angry people saying they want our leaders to do something,” Peterson said.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been over 250 mass shootings in the United States this year. 


Alejandra Palacios

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