September 05, 2019

In the wake of mass shootings becoming normal and sales of bulletproof backpacks actually being a thing, First Presbyterian Church is hosting a documentary screening of "Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence." Join us on Wednesday, September 11, at 6pm in the First Presbyterian Theater, 300 West Wayne St, for the screening followed by a panel discussion with local influencers and a surviving parent of a young man gunned down. Panelists include Pastor Annie Epling, former FWPD officer and community activist Dottie Davis, and LaToya Trigg, mother of 16yr old Marlon Davis who was gunned down earlier this year. The discussion will be about how we can address the issue as a community. Childcare is available.


“When I first heard about bulletproof backpacks, the first thing I felt was sadness before turning to anger. If this is where we’re really at as a society, then as a mother I’ve almost lost all hope in humanity. However, as a pastor, I believe the faith community has a responsibility to be a part of the conversation, whether it’s this issue or any hot topic issue. How can we bring people together of various viewpoints to come to a solution? That’s why we want to have these discussions that deal with tough topics, and we welcome anyone’s point of view. My hope is that First Presbyterian can be a place where people feel free to talk, think and express themselves,” said Rev. Annie Epling, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church.

In the United States more than 30,000 people are killed every year by gun violence; many more are wounded. The disaster caused by gun violence is seen in almost every community. We may hear briefly about the victims and survivors of these shootings, but what happens after the media attention moves on and the wider public becomes numb to "just another shooting"?

The Trigger documentary frames gun violence as a “disaster” and “public health” issue.  It examines how one shooting impacts individuals, families and communities and gives voice to the questions and insights that arise.  In the documentary, all those scarred by gun violence arrived at the question, "Why did this happen to us?” After looking at these in-depth experiences of gun violence, Trigger turns its attention to the bigger question, "What can we do to prevent gun violence?” 

Click here for more information and a video trailer