- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - About 30 people have decorated cards at an East Lansing home to support gun violence victims and their survivors.

The Sunday party was one of many events staged around the country by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/1BOVV6d ) reported. The group, which now has chapters in all 50 states, aims to prevent gun violence by bringing about stricter records checks for potential gun owners.

“Thirty-thousand people die in gun violence every year,” said Julia Freije, an active member of Moms Demand Action, who compared the group to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The card-decorating event marked the two-year anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting rampage that left 20 children and six educators dead at Sandy Hook Elementary. The group of mothers and children made 53 cards that will be sent to the organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and distributed to victims and survivors of gun violence.

Host Gloria Thomas said the event’s attendees wanted to bring comfort to victims and their families.

“It’s a wonderful way to get together,” Thomas said, “and to show that they care about gun violence in this country. And the children.”

Ann Kroneman of Okemos and her 12-year-old daughter, Marie, worked together to create and decorate cards.

Although Kroneman said it was a “great event,” she added that “it’s sad we have to send these cards out at all.”

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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