Jan. 8 survivors talk gun violence

Jan. 8 survivors talk gun violence

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Days after the four year anniversary of the deadly January 8th attack in Tucson, dozens of people packed into a church on the west side to talk about gun violence.

Survivors and loved ones of those lost on that tragic day lead the discussion about continuing the effort to have responsible, reasonable state and federal laws to help stem gun violence.

Patricia Maisch, who helped stop the gunman from reloading, said Monday in Most Holy Trinity that it's important to keep a public discussion going regardless of the anniversary.

"The community continues to support us as survivors," she said. "There's not one day that I don't think about that day and am thankful that I wasn't physically injured."

Two bullet fragments are still inside survivor Jim Tucker. He told the room full of people that he has reached out to families of gun violence in other parts of the country. Faith has helped him heal.

"Bottom line, I believe God doesn't waste a hurt," said Tucker. "There's a purpose for what happens."

Survivors who spoke Monday said they're hopeful that lawmakers who took office this week will be open to their concerns about gun violence.

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