WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Moms across Greater Lafayette are coming together because they want to stop gun violence. This comes after the most recent school shooting that happened at Noblesville West Middle School.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America started back in 2012 in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The organization has become one of the leading forces for gun violence prevention, even here in Greater Lafayette. One mother said it's important to learn from these school shooting, but also to learn how gun violence impacts the community.
"They've gotten to the point now where they're actually selling ballistic backpacks," said West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis. "If that doesn't send a message to our society then nothing will."
Greater Lafayette Moms Demand Action Leader Julia Chester said school shootings are very concerning to her. She has a young son who is still in school.
"Moms worry everyday when they drop their kids off to school," Chester said.
She joined Moms Demand Action just weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. It's a national organization that has a chapter in Greater Lafayette to work with the community.
"The most precious things we have in life is our children," Dennis said. "We're putting our children at risk now because of lackadaisical approaches to guns."
The group works with city leaders, including Dennis, to build gun violence awareness. The moms would like to see stronger gun laws and policies to protect their children.
"School shootings are actually very rare in the grand scheme of things," said Chester. "I worry about everyday gun violence."
She said people want to feel safe in their community, but she said it's also important to know that gun violence happens everywhere.
"We think that because we are West Lafayette, that we have a very low crime rate and that were are not prone to these types of acts of not just violence or catastrophic poor judgment, but were not," Dennis said.
He said the society is shifting. It's going to take action, education and building awareness to keep things like the school shooting in Nobelsville from happening again.
"We're all very strong believers in the second amendment," Dennis added. "Because of that, we firmly believe there has to be a common sense approach to this."
Friday, June 1. is the start of national wear orange weekend. This color is meant to honor those who have lost their lives and loved ones and demand a future free from gun violence.
Saturday, June 2. the moms will be partnering with the Greater Lafayette YWCA. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the organization is hosting a free BBQ to honor people who died due to gun violence and build awareness in the community.