When the President addresses gun violence in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Representative Bill Young will have the voices of his constituents ringing in his ears – imploring him to support the President’s common sense measures for gun violence prevention.
That’s because on Monday at 12:30 pm, St Petersburg Councilman Karl Nurse, Public Safety Chair for Council of Neighborhood Associations Lisa Wheeler Brown who lost her son to gun violence, and concerned citizens from Rep. Young’s district will gather in front of St. Petersburg City Hall to give their own State of the Union address to the Congressman on the importance of tackling gun violence, a plague that is snuffing out the lives of thirty-three people including nearly nine children and teenagers in America every single day.
This week marks the two-month anniversary of the nightmare in Newtown, CT, where 20 six- to seven-year-old children and six adults were senselessly gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary by a gunman armed with a Bushmaster AR-15 military-style assault rifle. While the community of Newtown is only beginning its long, for some endless, road to recovery, the devastation wrought there has appallingly become all too common in America. In fact, Newtown was one of 43 mass shootings—nearly one per month— that have occurred in the last four years.