BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - One of the largest church groups in Brunswick County is continuing its efforts to diminish gun violence.
Nearly 100 people attended a seminar on Tuesday at St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte.
Tuesday's lecture featured guest speaker Dr. Michael Burke, a Duke University graduate and expert on Latin American history.
The focus of his lecture was not to persuade people for or against gun control, but rather to highlight a historical perspective of the Second Amendment right.
Not everyone agreed with Burke's statements. An open discussion took place after his speech, and several people challenged Burke on his position regarding gun control.
"It is healthy to engage in open dialogue like that, because it brings more awareness to the issue," said Burke.
Organizers from the church were pleased with the turnout and hope to keep the issue on the forefront.
We first introduced you to the folks at St. Brendan's Roman Catholic Church after the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT last December.
At that time, organizers were rallying for supporters to join their anti-gun movement and sign a petition against gun violence.
Now, that petition has nearly 1,000 signatures.
Mary Hart with St. Brendan's Church says they have already sent letters to state senators, Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, notifying them of their progress.
Hart says they plan to gather even more signatures before formally submitting their petition to state and federal lawmakers.
In its ongoing campaign to stop gun violence, St. Brendans Church is inviting the community to come out to its next presentation.
On March 21, mental health professional Douglas Owen will speak about the connection between mass shootings and mental illness.
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