"The people we lost in Aurora loved, and were loved. They were mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and dreams that were not yet fulfilled." —President Obama on June 21, 2012
In honor of the one year anniversary of the Aurora shooting, OFA volunteers across the country joined together to fight for gun violence prevention.
On that horrific night in Aurora, a shooter took the lives of 12 people, and injured 70 others. In the year since, thousands more lives have been lost due to gun violence, but Congress has to yet act.
This past weekend, OFA volunteers held events, including 69 phone banks across 21 states, in support of expanded background checks for gun sales. Whether making phone calls or handing out flyers, participants asked community members to call their senators in support of common-sense gun violence prevention legislation. They didn't let anything get in their way—not even the 60 mph winds in Tucson, AZ, or the more than 90 degree heat in Indianapolis.
While passing out flyers, Indiana volunteer Andrea Smith found, "many community members asked for multiple copies to hand out to their friends ... They were so excited to have found an outlet to turn their anger and frustration about gun violence into action."
We must do right by the victims of Aurora. Join the fight today, and say you're not backing down on gun violence prevention.