Local chapter of community organization reflects on trip to state capital

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– As the legislative session continues organizations are taking to the statehouse to have their causes heard. One of them; Moms Demand Action.

Evansville participants made the trip and explain why it’s important for those from downstate to make the trip.

After time at the statehouse for an advocacy day, those from Evansville who went explain the impact they wanted to leave.

“Our goal, our hope for Indiana this year is safe storage of firearms,” Gena Garrett says.

Garrett is one woman who went to the state capital. She also runs the Evansville chapter of Moms Demand Action. She says her reason for joining is close to her heart.

“My big priority as a volunteer is safety of kids. I really think it’s important that if you’re not using your firearm please lock it safely away from ammunition that way your child, my child, the neighbor’s child doesn’t have access to that,” Garrett explains.

Sean O’Daniel made the trip with her. He says he’s a gun violence survivor. Throughout his life, he says he’s encountered many instances of it.
Once having a gun pointed at him. But there’s a specific event that showed O’Daniel he needed to do something.

“Very motivated. More motivated than before. I had always been a person who was somewhat of an advocate for gun safety but when my closest relative took his own life I decided I needed to become more vocal about it,” O’Daniel explains.

Garrett says some of the problems Evansville communities are facing is knowledge about what’s going on in other parts of the city.

“We have a lot of what they call city gun violence. We have a lot of day to day shootings,” Garrett says. “I think bringing that to light is important because a lot of folks. If that’s not in your neighborhood, you may not realize how serious it is, how many families are affected.”

She explains the goal of the organization is to make a safer country for everyone.

“All we’re doing is really just trying to get the word out about how we can make our country safer while still respecting people’s rights.”

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(This story was originally published on January 19, 2020)

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