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Shooting Victim Launches Nonprofit To Curb Gun Violence

Posted at 9:16 AM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 18:26:53-04

(Cincinnati Enquirer) — Whitney Austin, the Louisville native shot 12 times this month during a shooting rampage in downtown Cincinnati, is launching a nonprofit organization to promote responsible gun ownership.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports here that Austin, a bank executive who was wounded Sept. as she walked into the Fifth Third Center. talked about her new group — Whitney Strong — on “Good Morning America.”

“For months I had thought about volunteering with organized efforts to reduce gun violence. In fact, I received text messages and felt guilty that I signed up just to ignore them. As I cowered in that revolving door I thought about those text messages. I thought about how angry I was that I hadn’t done anything to prevent this exact situation from happening,” she says on the nonprofit’s website. “Now, as a survivor, how do I reconcile that I lived as a result of nearly thousands of things going right and others died as a result of nearly thousands of things going wrong? I can’t. I can only say that I feel an undeniable force pushing me to tackle gun reform.”

While Austin and two other shooting victims survived the rampage, four other people, including gunman Omar Santa Perez, were killed.