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Notre Dame continues Gun Violence Prevention Week

NOW: Notre Dame continues Gun Violence Prevention Week

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame Students Demand Action for Gunsense group held an event with guest speaker Reverend Sharon Risher on Tuesday.

Risher is working with the group Everytown for Gun Safety to tell her story on campuses and churches across the country.

Risher’s mother, two of her cousins and her childhood friend were all murdered at the prayer service at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina back in 2015.

They were among the nine people killed when a gunman opened fire on the worshipers.

Risher spoke about forgiveness at Tuesday night’s event at Notre Dame.

She hopes that by telling her story she can get people to understand the impact of gun violence and then to motivate others to take preventive action.

"Yes, we're making strides. Everything starts a little bit, a little bit. So yeah, I think we're making big strides. Things are happening, and at least people can't help but listen now because it's out there, and you can't put the bull back into the pin."

Her calls for change are partnered with her undying faith during difficult times.

Wednesday, the group will be hosting workshops on how you can prevent gun violence and they will also be providing mental health resources.

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