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Survivor of Cincinnati mass shooting stresses responsible gun ownership

Posted at 5:36 AM, Aug 06, 2019

LOUISVILLE (LEX 18) — A survivor of a mass shooting from Louisville is sharing her thoughts about the carnage that hit two cities over the weekend.

Whitney Austin was shot 12 times last September in a mass shooting at the Fifth Third Bank Center in downtown Cincinnati.

Since then, she created Whitney Strong, a non-profit to promote responsible gun ownership.

Austin is an advocate for passing "extreme risk protection orders" into state law. Also known as "red-flag laws," the measures aim to temporarily restrict gun access for people at an elevated risk of harming themselves or others.

"We need to have a clear path for removing firearms temporarily from individuals that are dangerous and wish to cause us harm," she said.

Since her miraculous recovery, Austin thinks a continuous conversation about responsible gun ownership is important.