COLUMBUS (WCMH) - Just before dusk on Thursday, orange lights decorated Columbus City Hall to promote gun violence awareness in the city.
In the midst of mass shootings happening around the country, Columbus City Council has been pushing for common sense gun legislation. City leaders said by changing the lights to the color orange, it shows their continuing efforts to prevent gun violence here in Columbus.
“We can do something about it if we have the will," said City Attorney Zach Klein, "So we have the will in Columbus.”
A small group of community members joined some council members and the city attorney as they spoke on Columbus' push for change. Many residents feel the city can be a leader on the issue.
“I absolutely feel that Columbus can be a model," said Susan Ungar. "We are a model."
Susan's husband Matt said mass shooting and gun issues were not an issue for some of the older generation, but he said it's something he can’t ignore.
"It’s a big issue," he added. "It’s an important issue. It’s something I didn't have to deal with when I was growing up and now we all have to deal with it.”
City leaders say they want the local communities to show their support as well.
“Let’s wear orange with pride, and also remembrance, and also enthusiasm to change the future," said Klein.