A prayer vigil for victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was held in downtown Franklin Monday night.
Franklin Community Church's pastor, Kevin Riggs, read the names of the 17 victims -- a candle was lit for each -- and led attendees in prayer.
“Unfortunately, this is happening way too often," Pastor Riggs told WKRN. "Something happens and we’re called to pray. Prayer does change things. But when we pray, God calls us to take action, I think.”
Riggs is an advocate for what he calls common-sense gun reform.
I am deeply moved by the voices of the surviving students in FL. Maybe, hopefully, prayerfully, we have reached a tipping point in gun control & something will now be done. #ParklandShooting— Kevin Riggs (@riggs_kevin) February 16, 2018
What are your thoughts on all of this?
Yes there are two sides to the gun debate: Do nothing vs. do something. I am on the do something side. Speaking as a gun owner who believes in common sense gun reform. Now!— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) February 18, 2018
"Prayers and condolences are important. But when that's all you do, it's a disgrace." Richard Martinez, who lost his son to a 2014 mass shooting near UC Santa Barbara, discusses gun law reform; "Doing nothing doesn't work" https://t.co/xk7VIPN5pb pic.twitter.com/TNfXx1POrV— CNN (@CNN) February 19, 2018
As a mother, as a candidate, and as a citizen I stand for gun safety and gun reform, and I stand against the inaction of policymakers as children are murdered in their schools and families killed in places of worship.— Megan Hunt (@NebraskaMegan) February 20, 2018
To any legislator who doesn’t believe we need common sense gun reform: Go to the funeral of a victim of these shootings and watch their parents break down crying as they try to say goodbye one final time. Then come back to me and say things don’t need to change #neveragain— Lord Lewis (@lord_mizen) February 19, 2018
Prayer vigil for Florida school shooting victims held in Franklin https://t.co/zQ8ELKXUup— WKRN (@WKRN) February 20, 2018