No turning away from gun violence

Editor of the Reformer:

On Saturday, the third anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown, I joined a small crowd in Brattleboro for a vigil to support victims of gun violence. Speakers, who included a survivor of a shooting, told us that dramatic mass shootings hide the ongoing tragedy of domestic violence. They also said that while we may want to turn away and shut out the constant stream of terrible news, survivors and the families of victims can't turn away: their lives are changed forever. We owe it to them to keep paying attention.

This Saturday, there will be a silent vigil in Putney. We will gather in the center of town from 11 a.m. to noon to stand with victims of gun violence, and in support of Gun Sense Vermont. We invite you to join us.

Claire Wilson, Putney, Dec. 15