CHARLOTTE, N.C. — WCNC NBC Charlotte hosted a special conversation about gun violence in America Thursday evening.

The panel, which was streamed live on and the WCNC news mobile app, addressed the questions: How do we prevent future massacres like the ones seen in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio? Do gun laws need to be changed? Does the mental health system need to be addressed?

Hosted by WCNC's Sarah French, the panel includes:

  • Pastor Derwin Gray, of Transformation Church
  • Tracey Russ, Chief Communications Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Claudia Sandoval, a Union County, North Carolina mom whose children survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. She is now a volunteer for Mothers Demand Action.
  • Karen Disher, a firearms instructors for at Carolina Self Protection

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