John Lewis holds anti-gun town hall at Ebenezer

U.S. Rep. John Lewis will hold a town hall meeting on addressing continuing gun violence Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Participants includes family members of several victims of gun violence, including Lucia Kay McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old black teen who was gunned down in 2012. Michael Dunn, who is white, fired 10 times at a car with Jordan and other black teenagers inside.

A Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn, who is white, of first-degree murder.

“We’re at a tipping point in this country where something has to be done,” said McBath. of Marietta, founder of the Walk With Jordan Scholarship Foundation and the faith and community outreach leader for Everytown for Gun Safety.

McBath has been a outspoken critic of the nation’s lax gun laws. “It’s really, really sad that it seems each massacre get bigger and bigger and bigger and Republican legislator have been very reluctant to do anything about gun laws.”

Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn, who is white, of first-degree murder.

The meeting today will be held in the church’s MLK Community Resource Center’s banquet hall. Ebenezer is located at 407 Auburn Ave.

The debate on gun control has heated up in the wake of mass shooting in Charleston and Orlando. Most recently, a gunman opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people.

Lewis, a veteran civil rights leader, recently enlisted fellow Democrats to wage a sit-in on the House floor to pressure GOP legislators to act on gun control.