A man who lost two cousins in the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, is demanding change and action from the president. In an interview with CNN, Damon Davenport pleaded with officials to “do something” as he expressed frustration over his loss.
“You know, we have gun laws, people can just go and buy guns and not even be registered or not even qualify,” Davenport said. “They can just walk into a gun store and buy high-powered equipment and walk right now and kill people in broad daylight, broad night time. This has got to stop.”
Davenport’s cousins, 25-year-old Thomas McNichols and 27-year-old Lois Oglesby, were among the 9 who lost their lives in the downtown shooting on early Sunday, according to the Huffington Post.
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“I’m lost for words right now, my family’s lost for words, but I’ve got to remain strong,” Davenport added. “You have people in high places, and I’m going to get on every news station and I’m going to shout this out.”
Davenport went on to directly address the president of the United States, imploring him to do something about the continuing gun violence, amplified by white supremacy.
“I’m shouting out to the president of the United States. I want this to go viral. I’m going to make sure this is on every news station because my cousins did not deserve to lose their lives,” he said.
“They had children. Hard-working people. All they were doing was enjoying a night on the town and they’re dead. Never to come home again,” Davenport continued. “Never to see their family again. They’re gone. And I want the president to hear this. Donald Trump, I want you to hear this: You need to be here right now. You need to.”