AMES, Iowa -- The candlelight vigil began with prayer and by reading the names of the victims of the shooting at at Oregon's Umpqua Community College. "I`m here and I got involved because I`m a mom. I think my kids deserve better. I think the parents of those students taken in Oregon last week deserve better and our politicians need to act," said Moms Demand Action IA Chapter Leader Ellyn Grimm.
The vigil was organized by an Iowa State University Sophomore & Cyclones Against Gun Violence President Heaven Chamberlain. "We don't want to take away their guns, we want them to be regulated so that children don't get slaughtered like in Sandy Hook, and so that students who are learning on a college campus don't get killed like Virginia Tech." While Chamberlain believes in pushing for stronger gun control, she also says looking at mental health is part of the solution, and she is interested in working with those who have a different point of view; to find answers to the challenge of preventing future incidents of mass gun violence.
ISU Junior Madelyn Plain believes less in focusing on gun control and more on promoting the emotional well being of people. "Maybe promoting counseling or promoting community or maybe even controversial things like religion. Teaching tolerance classes or promoting conversations so that there's less of a reason to be in the state (of mind) that that the shooter was in," said Plain.