As the shock of Friday's lingered into Saturday morning, it prompted a outpouring of more than just grief and support for the victims' families---it spurred a small rally in downtown San Carlos for tighter gun laws and an increased awareness over the plight of the mentally ill.
Several members of the San Carlos community gathered at the corner of Laurel and Arroyo streets on a chilly, gray morning, and although there was the expected hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers passing by, many stopped to contemplate the messages displayed on the signs of the participants.
Organizers Kim McGreivy and Robin Stearns said taking to the corner to get their message out was spontaneous.
"We're forming a group," said McGreivy, who is a mother of a kindergartner.
"This is a spontaneous response to the violence yesterday. We are gathering names of people who want to join us."
A sign-up sheet was nearby for anyone wishing to join the newly formed group.
Robin Stearns said the discussion in the wake of Friday tragedy has to be about both gun control and help for the mentally ill, which is why the women are forming San Carlos Parents for Better Gun Control.
"This is not just about mental illness--it's about guns too," said Stearns.
Even McGreivy's dog, Olivia got in on the action, wearing a sign that said "Wag More" on one side and "Shoot Less" on the other.
"We're tired of being told there's nothing we can do," added Stearns.
The women say they will be developing a website for their newly formed organization.
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