The Cincinnati Chapter of Moms Demand Action held a rally Friday to help raise awareness and support for common sense gun legislation.
The Faces of Courage event, held at Fountain Square, included guest speakers from law enforcement and medical communities.
Survivors of gun violence also shared their stories, including a first responder at the shooting in Arizona involving Rep. Gabby Giffords, and Nate Mueller, a survivor of the shooting at Chardon High School, near Cleveland.
"Eight American children are shot and killed every day," said Karen
Hillis-Skipper, event organizer. "There were 16 mass shootings in 2012,
and yet not a single law was passed to prevent another tragedy. Anything
else responsible for this many deaths would be immediately investigated
Among the local speakers were Pastor Ennis Tait, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and Council member Cecil Thomas, who have all lost loved ones to accidental or intentional gun violence.
Following the rally, participants hand-delivered postcards demanding action on gun sense to Rep. Steve Chabot's office, located near the square.