SHALLOTTE, NC (WECT) – A local church is sending reinforcement to local and state leaders in hopes of making a change on gun control.
St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte believes there's power in numbers and that's why they've created a petition against gun violence.
Father Ryszard Kolodziej is one of a few people behind the petition which will begin circulating the community this weekend.
Kolodziej and his parishioners hope to get hundreds of signatures so they can send them to local and state leaders.
"We need to do something so we can prevent the slaughter of innocent adults and children in the future," he said.
Parishioners said they've already reached out to local leaders but have not received the response they wanted.
"You just feel powerless when you're alone and I feel as a community we will be able to pull together and make an impact in a way we wouldn't individually," said Mary Hart, who is the religious education director at the church.
The petition hopes to initiate and support education and greater awareness on gun violence, improvements to our mental health resources as well as regulations on gun owners.
WECT.com reached out to the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh for a comment on St. Brendan's efforts. They have not returned our call yet.
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