Volunteers of Organizing For Action-Tennessee (OFA-TN) were the promoters of a gun violence prevention event in Nashville to tell Congress that they “won’t stop fighting to protect our children and protect our communities.” The event called “A Day of Action” was held on Wednesday [August 21, 2013] of this week at Corinthian Baptist Church. The purpose of the activities of that day was to “support President Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence.”
The Rev Enoch Fuzz, an Obama supporter and host pastor of “Nashville Day of Action” said he decided to participate after being contacted by Organizing for Action Tennessee. “I’d been hearing people they voted for Obama say that they’re not sure what he’s [President Obama] done for them,” said Rev. Fuzz. “I see the need for a group like OFA to help educate people about how to support the president. “The one thing a leader needs is followers. I love to follow,” said Fuzz.
More than seventy-five people gathered for the “A Day of Action,” at Noon, to hear from the speakers of the day that included: William Freeman of the OFA National Board of Director; Commander Terrence Graves, Methro Nashville Police Department; NAACP Nashville Branch President John Arrandondo, M.D.; and two of leading Nashville Pastors, Rev. Dr. Robert Keesee and Pastor James “Tex” Thomas.
President Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence includes:
1. Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands
2. Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and taking other common sense steps
3. Making schools safer
4. Increasing access to mental health services
Others who spoke or were in attendance, focusing on President Obama’s efforts to reduce gun violence were: State Rep. Brenda Gilmore, Metro Council Members: Walter Hunt, David Briley, Erica Gilmore; and former Councilmen Jamie Isabel and Attorney Adam Dread.
Organizing for Action (OFA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. In just six months, more than 3.1 million volunteers have taken action through Organizing for Action.
Supporters of gun violence prevention said that they “have not forgotten about Sandy Hook or Aurora, Tucson or Virginia Tech, and they won’t let leaders in Washington forget that they can act to make our communities safer.
“Congress has the opportunity to pass legislation that the overwhelming majority of Americans support to make our neighborhoods safer by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people. If that’s not enough–if the will of the American people and the voices of the families affected by all these tragedies aren’t enough–what will it take?”
The gathering was held in the Fellowship Hall of Corinthian Baptist Church, 819 33rd Ave. North.
For more information go to https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gsc5vh.