Sun 2/16 @ 3PM
When nine people were killed and 17 other shot in Dayton last August by an individual wielding an assault-type weapon, it was barely a blip in the ongoing series of mass shootings in the U.S. But it wasn’t just a blip to Dayton mayor Nan Whaley, a poised and determined individual who’d already gained some statewide recognition during a short run in the Democratic primary for governor in 2018 (she withdrew and supported eventual nominee Rich Cordray). She rose to the occasion, and her thoughtful, compassionate handing of the crisis earned her national attention — and an ongoing role in the fight for stronger gun safety laws. (She also became known for her humorous reaction to the president’s tweet attacking her: “Oh well — he lives in his world of Twitter.”)
Whaley will be the guest speaker at an event hosted by the gun safety group Moms Demand Action called Power of Moms: Ohio 2020, taking place at Rocky River Methodist Church (19414 Detroit). That’s the same location where just two years ago, 300 people showed up for a moms Demand Action meeting to, well, demand action, following the shootings at Florida’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.
The meeting will include the chance to learn about actions individuals can take in the war against these too-common shootings, including how to put pressure on an Ohio legislature dead set against sensible gun regulations favored by up to 90% of Ohioans.
It’s free and open to the public. You don’t have to be a mom to participate. Registration is preferred but not required. For registration and more information go here.