Democratic Women of Mercer County Discuss Gun Control

The Democratic Women of Mercer County dove into a controversial issue during their regular monthly meeting on Saturday.

The group feels the discussion on gun control was timely and they’re doing all they can to bring awareness to the issue.

“We focused today on just gun awareness and ending the gun violence and what our group can do in raising awareness,” said Diane Syphrit, Vice President of Democratic Women of Mercer County.

Democratic Women’s member and Hermitage commissioner, Rhonda Paglia is also passionate about the issue. During the meeting, she introduced a book she wrote dedicated to the victims of the Newtown Connecticut massacre, titled “The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission.”

The shooting hit home for the grandmother and former first grade school teacher.

“Not only did I relate, these children were babies, but I taught that age-level,” said Paglia.

Paglia said her purpose for writing the book was to give the 20 students that lost their lives a voice.

“When they’re in heaven what could they say to us here on earth…what would their voices say? And that’s where the messages come in,” said Paglia.

“Be loving, be joyful, be gentle, and this one says be a good listener,” said Paglia. “And I think today with the meeting that we’ve had here today we want our legislators to listen to us.”

The women stress the gun control topic isn’t a republican or democrat issue. It’s about preventing another tragedy like the one that happened at Sandy Hook.

“No one needs an assault weapon or needs a semi-automatic,” said Paglia. “These assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles, those are killing machines.”

Proceeds from the book will go the Newtown School District for scholarships.

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