Today at 9:15am, at at least 15 churches throughout Rhode Island, as well as states scattered across America, church bells were rung in remembrance of the 20 children and 6 adults who senselessly lost their lives to gun violence at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT one year ago. Though at the time it was believed by many that here was finally an event the state and federal legislatures could not ignore and that finally some meaningful legislation might be passed to start curbing excessive gun violence in the United States, to date no meaningful legislation has been passed.
Hence the event No More Silence, put together by Moms Demand Action Rhode Island and the RI Coalition to prevent Gun Violence held at the First Unitarian Church of Providence on Benevolent St. US Representative David Cicciline, Central Falls Mayor James Diosa, Reverend Donald Anderson, Julia Wyman and Samantha Richards and Sydney Montstream-Quas of Moms Demand Action spoke passionately for common sense changes to our existing gun laws. Music was provided by the Gordon School Handbell Ensemble, which fit in nicely with the ringing of the church bells at 9:35am…
Not far from the minds of any of the over 120 people in attendance was the shooting death of 12 year old honor student Aynis Vargas in Providence, who died shortly after the Rhode Island General Assembly failed to pass any kind of gun law reform.
Could action by the General Assembly have prevented her death? Video from the event is below.