KGUN 9 On Your SideNews

Actions

Event downtown for gun violence awareness

Posted at 10:47 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 01:47:39-04
It was a nationwide movement that made its mark in Tucson late Thursday night. Dozens of people gathered at El Presidio Park to be involved in National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
 
Those in attendance wore the color orange because the movement stems from a 15-year-old Chicago student who was killed by gunfire back in 2013.
 
Many among the crowd downtown were the families of those hurt or killed in the January 8th shooting. Sallie Badger's husband was one of those hurt. He survived the attack, but did pass away last year.
 
Badger said, the two of them traveled the country sharing his experience. 
 
"He spent 37 years in the military," Badger explained. "...was raised in South Dakota as a hunter, he knew guns, he used guns, but he knew that we needed common sense gun laws."
 
There were some who came downtown to express their voices, as well. But, they did not want harsher gun laws.
 
One woman told us, she feels for the families Thursday night, but she expressed that she wanted to be able to protect herself. 
 
"I also have a right to defend myself against the bad guys who won't register their guns and won't give them up," said Terri Haag. 
 
The event also symbolic because it was held in the exact spot that a permanent memorial will be made for those involved in the January 8th shootings.