Local mom takes action to promote school safety

Local mom takes action to promote school safety

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 1:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte mother of four is doing something she's never done before.

She’s calling her state senator and demanding action.

"Newtown hit me really hard and I felt like I had to do something," said Suzanne Rallis.

She said the tragedy at Sandy Hook turned her into an activist.

"The Monday after I had to take my son to preschool, I almost couldn't do it, I broke down in the preschool."

She founded the Charlotte Chapter of Moms Demand Action and today teamed with the group of mayors against illegal guns to fight for tougher gun laws.
 
Though there were no mayors here there were several religious leaders.

"Every time we have a tragic event people want to make a difference, want to change laws. I’m hoping we are finally ready to make some action," Pastor Nancy Ellit Allison of Holy Covenant United Church of Christ said.

The group wants all guns registered; better mental health care, a ban on assault weapons and high capacity gun clips.

They say today's news that the Sandy Hook shooter was able to kill 26 people in just five minutes only solidified their message.

Rallis said, "He would not have been able to fire that many bullets if he had to change magazines."

She and the others are just hoping their message today and the messages for senator Kay Hagan is heard.

 

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