FORT WAYNE, Ind.—This year, over 10,000 people in the United States have been murdered due to gun violence. Join Organizing for Action to discuss these startling facts at their open forum for gun violence prevention in the Fort Wayne community, co-sponsored by Peace and Conflict Studies at Indiana University-–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).
The forum will take place on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Pat Ashton, director of Peace and Conflict Studies at IPFW, said "We remember the 20 innocent children who were brutally murdered and the six teachers who died trying to protect them. But the sad truth is that every day in this country more people are murdered with guns—30+—than died that day at Sandy Hook. That adds up to more than 11,000 additional people murdered with guns in the intervening year."
Ashton will speak at the forum along with other local leaders, including:
Rusty York, Fort Wayne chief of policeJonathan Ray, president of the Fort Wayne Urban LeagueRev. Saharra Bledsoe, Fort Wayne NAACP presidentSheila Campbell, advisor of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE)Andre Patterson, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at IPFW and chair, Fort Wayne Commission on African American Males
The focus of this event is to address the growing problem that is gun violence in the community. "The Gun Violence Prevention Forum will discuss what we need to do as a community to address this problem," Ashton said.
The Community Rally for Gun Violence Prevention is Saturday, December 14, at the Public Safety Academy, located at 7602 Patriot Crossing, from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information contact Ashton at 260-481-6669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.