As the nation marks the one year anniversary of the Virginia Tech Massacre, one group is calling on Wisconsin lawmakers to help prevent future gun violence.
It was one year ago today that a lone gunman killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus, wounded 17 others, and then killed himself.
Jeri Bonavia with the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) says it highlights a tragedy occurring nationwide each day. She says over 30 people are murdered everyday with guns in the US, and at least another 50 die as the result of gun violence or suicide.
WAVE is joining several groups nationwide that are holding "lie-ins" to mark the anniversary of VA Tech. They'll gather in Milwaukee and at the state Capitol building in Madison today, where demonstrators will lie down one by one in silence to honor the victims of gun violence everywhere.
Bonavia says the goal of the demonstration is to push for reforms to help prevent future violence, such as requiring expanded background checks for gun purchases. She says citizens are outraged that a year after the massacre little has been done to prevent future tragedies.