Performers in Portsmouth’s kick-off event for the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence share their thoughts

Since 2007, the date of Sept. 25 has been recognized as National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. This year, that date will be marked with a series of concerts across the country. The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence includes more than 200 shows in all 50 states. Jackson Browne headlines the main event at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, which also features Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn, and Eddie Vedder, among others.

Portsmouth hosts concert to end gun violence

The community, local musicians and advocates came together on Friday evening at 3S Artspace to kick off the nationwide Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.

Among the groups represented were Haven, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety. The Leftist Marching Band played outside as people arrived.

By taking part in the Portsmouth concert, participants are asking federal and state leaders to take reasonable, common sense steps to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, like requiring background checks on every gun sold.