In the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting, a group of local activists is bringing attention to gun violence by displaying thousands of flags only half a mile away from Jasper High School.
One Dubois-County is an action-oriented community group. Members setup 2,400 white flags this week to represent gun deaths since 2014.
Each flag represents 25 people who died from a gunshot, not including suicides, gang or domestic violence.
There are another 695 orange flags forming a heart in the middle of the display. They represent victims killed in mass shootings since Columbine, and include the victims’ names and ages.
The group describes a mass shooting as an incident where more than four people die, not including the shooter.
Nancy Habig is a member of One Dubois-County. She says the group displayed the flags in her yard because it was close to the high school. She says after being on the school board for 32 years, she supports stricter gun laws.
“I just want to stress that we not get too riled up with – or too caught up – in trying to prove each other’s statistics and argue about that,” she says. “It’s more about too many people dying. Too many kids dying.”
Habig says reforming the country’s current gun laws is long overdue.
“That’s why we really want you to listen to Parkland students, they know what they’re talking about,” she says. “Something needs to be done sooner and long-term, and we don’t want to take it 10 years.”
Habig says the group is also collecting signatures to send to state and local legislators. The petition calls for banning assault weapons and blocking legislation to arm educators. She says it currently has 71 signatures.
They hope to submit the petition soon and keep the flags up for the next few weeks