Community members attended a vigil in Chattanooga Monday night honoring the Parkland, Florida shooting victims.

"Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" hosted the vigil hoping to send a message to lawmakers.

A distance of more than 700 miles couldn't keep these Chattanoogans from standing for the 17 Parkland, Florida shooting victims.
They honored the victims by lighting a candle and ringing a bell.

Erin Goddard, the local group leader for "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" said,"It's not a Florida problem.  It's an America problem.  So we have to address it across the country."

Community members are asking lawmakers to take a look at making stricter gun control laws.

Resident Bea Lurie said,"It's not time to talk about this now after the tragedy so when are we going to talk about it?  Making sure that there are no loopholes in the gun laws so that you cannot buy guns at shows without a background check. At the pawn shops, making sure their space is more secure."

Tom Banks was just a boy when he watched a family member take another person's life with a gun.  He says that day still impacts his life 50 years later.
"Losing that sense of safety that most people assume, recognizing that it any moment something like that could happen again."

Banks has been a member of "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" since the Sandy Hook School shooting.

He says then he wanted to care for his children and now he's looking after his granddaughter who will be attending school soon.

Tom Banks, "Moms have a certain moral authority I think as they seek to protect their children and I am a dad"

"Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" will hold it's next meeting Saturday at 3:00 at the downtown library

A vigil is taking place Monday night in downtown Chattanooga to honor the victims of the Florida school shooting. The event is for anyone who has been affected by gun violence.

The vigil is set to begin around 5:30 pm in front of the Blue Plate restaurant.

Channel 3 has a crew at the vigil. 

This is a developing story.