“Unfortunately we’re here because of another one of these mass tragedies,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza at a vigil to honor and remember those injured and killed in the Las Vegas shooting. “The truth is that, frankly and sadly, this is nothing new. This is just an escalation of what we’ve been seeing over the past several years. Newtown, Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas. And I have to say that I’ve never understood the argument as to why we don’t ban high capacity magazine and assault weapons. And it makes even less sense today. And I guess we should be happy that it looks like the NRA is okay with bans on, what do you call them? Bump? Whatever they are. I guess finally- I guess this is a good step.”
The Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held the vigil in Burnside Park Thursday evening. Moms volunteer Amy Herlihy led the event. Clergy and representatives from many faiths were in attendance, as was Elorza and state Representative Jason Knight (Democrat, District 67, Barrington, Warren).
A line was stretched from a lamp post to a tree to which 58 pieces of colored cloth, each unique and different and representing those who perished in the attack, were tied. Candles were lit. There were moments of silence and prayers.
Everytown for Gun Sense in America determined that Las Vegas suffered the eighth mass shooting this year and the 162nd mass shooting since 2009. 54 percent of these shootings were related to domestic or family violence. Recently, Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill that takes guns out of the hands of all domestic abusers. This bill took three years to pass Rhode Island’s mostly Democrat General Assembly.
Moms volunteer Amy Herlihy:
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza:
State Representative Jason Knight (Democrat, District 67, Barrington, Warren):
Rabbi Andrew Kline from Congregation Haeonin reflecting on how we cope when bad things happen.
Angela Howard McParland is the Moms Faith co-lead, a pastoral Associate with St Rose and Clement Church in Warwick and a Catholic Chaplain with Bentley University.
Aisha Manzoor, secretary and treasurer of the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement (RICMA):
Pastor Gene Dyszlewski: