Across the Los Angeles area on Saturday, people gathered to mourn those lost and injured in a recent series of mass shootings.
At Sunset and Vine in Hollywood, posters and flowers honored the victims of three shootings: the carnage at a Buffalo grocery store that targeted the black community, the attack at a luncheon at the County Church of Orange which targeted Taiwanese-Americans and the killing of children. and elementary school teachers in Uvalde, Texas.
“You know, it’s all too common now. Almost all of us know someone who has been hit in a mass shooting,” said activist Anthony Bryson.
“We feel it’s important to join our community and say let’s be there for each other, let’s support each other, but also find solutions,” added participant Justine Flores.
Josh Pacheco, who helped a victim of a shooting near Grand Central Market earlier this month, also called for action.
“Mass shootings, generally shootings in broad daylight with no regard for public safety, are far too common in this country and something absolutely needs to be done about it,” Pacheco said.
People also gathered in Woodland Hills.
“Look, the laws that we have on the books here in California, we know, work. They cut gun violence by about half, but what we need to do is extend those protections to the federal level, so universal background checks and regulations on magazines that have enormous capacity… We can do a lot more,” the congressional candidate said. Christy Smith, a Democrat.
“We are taking action to let our lawmakers know that we are done, enough is enough and it is time to make change in this country and save lives,” added activist Stacy Moseley.
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