Nova Scotia

Rally to stop gun violence held Christmas eve

A Christmas eve rally to stop gun violence drew a small crowd in Dartmouth Monday evening.
Charla Dorrington hopes her march against gun violence will make people think twice before picking up a firearm. (CBC)

A Christmas eve rally to stop gun violence drew a small crowd in Dartmouth Monday evening.  

Charla Dorrington decided to march for the victims of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.  

Dorrington knows the personal cost of gun violence. Dorrington's brother, Nathan Reddick, was an innocent bystander who was shot three times outside a party in Toronto in 2007. He survived.  

"I was mortified and I thought that could be me, mourning my brother, that's the first thing I thought of," she said.  

Last year, her family was once again affected by firearms.

"My son was involved in gun violence, and I told him your actions affect your whole family, your community. They affect everyone around you," said Dorrington. "So I've been on the other side."  

There have been at least 37 incidents of shots fired in the Halifax region this year, something Dorrington hopes to change.

"You have the choice to pick up that gun, you have the choice to pull that trigger and these are people just like you and me that lose their families," she said. "Just think before you do things."

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