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Grandmothers fight against gun violence

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Members of Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace gathered to speak out against gun violence.

Senior women who make up the group support what they call common sense gun legislation.

"We’ve been around a while and we’re tired of the guns and the violence," said member Bobbie Paul. "We know we can have a discussion and come to some sensible resolutions."

The group recently established the Doris Benit Peace Fund in memory of a founding member. At an event at Central Presbyterian Church Tuesday, they presented the first award of $500 to Georgians for Gun Safety, a non-profit organization.

Betsy Rivard, president of the group and also a member of Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace, said the money will be used for advocacy efforts.

"This event highlights the national discussion that we need to have and that is going on right now about guns in our country," said Paul.

They praised Georgia Congressman John Lewis for the sit-in he recently led on the U.S. House floor in Washington and stand with him in solidarity.

Democratic State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver from Decatur also attended the event.

"This is a timely, timely issue. People care," she said. 

"Now’s the time for us to have a better conversation, a better bipartisan conversation about what people really want," she added. “Homicide among black youth, suicide among white youth are on the rise. These are statistics we need to understand and think about possible solutions.”

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