LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Across the country on Saturday, people gathered to honor the victims of the Newtown shootings, and to call attention to gun violence.

Locally, an event was held at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, located on Baxter Avenue.

"I think that the nation last year as one, we acted with great emotion to the killings at Newtown, and to recall the emotion we felt there is tough for all of us," says Congressman John Yarmuth.

Sheronda Morris was one of the speakers at the event. She knows first-hand about gun violence.

She was once a victim herself.

"I want to let people know there are other ways to settle differences. Gun violence should never be the answer," says Sheronda Morris.

The event was spearheaded by the organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Across the country on Saturday, families met to encourage others to speak out, and make a call for peace, and unity.

Congressman John Yarmuth says, when it comes to stricter gun legislation, there's more to be done by lawmakers.

"What really saddens me though is the fact that as a country, we haven't done anything to promote gun safety in this country in spite of that tragedy, or the many tragedies that followed," says Congressman Yarmuth.

While it's certainly a hot topic, especially on the anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, victims like Sheronda Morris are hoping the conversation will simply encourage others to speak out against violence in the community.

"A lot of families are silent until it hits home, and once it hits home, of course you don't want to be silent," says Sheronda Morris.

For more information on the organization responsible for the "No More Silence" events that took place across the country today, click here.

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