"We need to stop this,” Activists push for change at vigil honoring gun violence victims

"We need to stop this,” Activists push for change at vigil honoring gun violence victims (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Dayton community members and groups met Wednesday night for the National Vigil for All Victims.

The event was on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, honoring both those lives and the 500,000 victims and survivors since that attack.

“We need to be thinking about how many time we’ve said, ‘Not one more,’” said speaker Caitlin Jacob. “How many times we’ve said, ‘This is the last time.’”

For Jacob, it’s personal. In 2012, her family got a call. Her aunt, a librarian at Sandy Hook Elementary, survived the shooting huddled with students. Jacob thought things would change, thinks they haven’t.

"We need to stop this,” she told Fox 45’s Shavon Anderson.

As mass shootings continue, school districts in the Miami Valley are continuously upgrading plans. Last year, FOX 45 talked with officials in Troy and Springfield. There, buildings are locked with the security cameras, and visitors have to buzz in.

That same year we talked with Beavercreek City Schools. FOX 45 was told they have ‘go bags’ filled with first aid equipment.

A few years ago, Kettering overhauled its security. Now, the district is adding dozens of cameras at Van Buren and Kettering Middle, starting over holiday break.

West-Liberty Salem made changes after the school’s January shooting. The district installed bulletproof glass, changed door locks, and added new windows for easy escape.

“It’s hard for people to show up for this. They feel like there’s nothing they can do,” Jacob said, about people getting involved.

She finds strength in her aunt, hoping others will finally move the needle in the national conversation.

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