The Brady Campaign today announced that Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, and Rep. Jim Moran will be guest speakers, along with local victims and survivors of gun violence, at the Washington, D.C. vigil for victims of gun violence on January 8, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church, 1510 9th Street NW.
On December 20, the Brady Campaign announced that Too Many Victims national remembrances of gun violence victims would be held in cities across the United States throughout the day on January 8, 2012, which marks one year since the Tucson, AZ shootings. Those shootings stunned the nation and took the lives of six Americans, and wounded 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Vigils, candle-lighting ceremonies and religious services will be held in more than 60 locations and 22 states on January 8.
In addition to Mayor Gray, the D.C. vigil will include speakers such as Nardyne Jeffries, who lost her 16-year-old daughter in a March 2010 mass shooting in Washington, DC; William Kellibrew, who lost a mother and brother in a shooting when he was 10, and Colin Goddard, who survived being shot four times at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.
To attend the vigil, send an RSVP via the Brady Campaign website at this weblink. RSVPs are strongly encouraged as space is limited.
In recent days, the Brady Campaign announced the participation of Dana Ressler, an aunt of Christina Taylor-Green, who was killed in Tucson. Ressler speaks out forcefully against gun violence in a tribute to her 9-year-old niece on the toomanyvictims.org tribute page and will host a private vigil in her rural Maryland home where Christina was born.
Daniel Hernandez, who was an intern for Rep. Giffords on that tragic day, has pledged to light a candle on January 8. Hernandez courageously ran toward the shots when they rang out, quickly aiding the Congresswoman. He is credited with helping to save her life. Hernandez is featured in a poster on toomanyvictims.org.
The Brady Campaign also released a new video of celebrities and victim advocates who have pledged to light a candle on the anniversary of the Tucson shooting this Sunday including Plaxico Burress, Marcellus Wiley, Rev. Al Sharpton, Comedian Lewis Black, Tucson Hero Daniel Hernandez, Virginia Tech Shooting Survivor Colin Goddard, and Actor Michael Douglas.
The Too Many Victims campaign’s first video, How Many Are Too Many? communicates in numbers the toll that gun violence has taken on the nation. Gun violence has claimed a staggering number of lives, including an estimated 579,411, since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated in 1968.