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Ohio native John Legend visits Dayton to discuss gun reform following mass shooting

Posted: 7:56 PM, Aug 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-11 19:56:36-04
John Legend with Nan Whaley in Dayton discussing gun reform

DAYTON, Ohio — Ohio native and EGOT winner John Legend visited Dayton’s Oregon District Sunday to talk about gun reform, according to Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton.

Legend, who was born in Springfield, Ohio, spent the afternoon shopping in the Oregon District before meeting with Whaley and discussing “sensible gun reforms” following the mass shooting that killed nine and injured more than two-dozen last week.

"In light of last week's events, it is more important than ever for us to come together to support our local communities," Legend wrote on Twitter.

Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen are strong advocates for gun reform in the United States, voicing their opinions and support for stricter gun laws on their social media platforms.

The August 4 shooting took place in the Oregon District, which is home to a number of nightclubs, art galleries and restaurants. The shooting location was outside of a nightclub known as "Ned Peppers."

Dayton’s mass shooting came just 13 hours after a mass shooting that killed 20 people and injured more than two dozen others in El Paso, Texas.

Following the back-to-back shootings, Democratic lawmakers began demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell take action on long-stalled gun control legislation they argue could help prevent the next large-scale tragedy.

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