Christine Leinonen, the mother of Orlando shooting victim Christopher "Drew" Leinonen, delivered a powerful and heartbreaking message for gun control at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.
“It takes about 5 minutes for a church bell to ring 49 times,” Leinonen said. “I know this because last month my son Christopher, his boyfriend Juan and 47 others were murdered at a club in Orlando.
Leinonen said she was a state trooper the day she gave birth to Christopher, and the hospital put her gun in a safe.
“I’m glad there was common sense gun legislation the day Christopher was born. But where was that common sense policy the day he died?” Leinonen said.
Leinonen said she came because her son was a Clinton supporter.
The Democrats have focused heavily at the DNC. After Leinonen, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy spoke about the aftermath of the Newtown shooting, as did the Erica Smegielski, the daughter of Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung. Charleston survivors Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard also spoke about Clinton's work to close the "Charleston loophole."
"No one should feel what I feel," Sanders said.
And the DNC on Tuesday featured Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton; Annette Nance-Holt, mother of Blair Holt; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton; and Lesley McSpadden, mother of Mike Brown.