A huge supporter of stricter gun laws, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe, brought the issue to an uptown church on Tuesday.
In April, he was one of 20 police chiefs invited to Washington to push for tougher gun control legislation. On Tuesday, Eyewitness News heard the chief lay out startling numbers about gun violence in Charlotte.
Each month First United Methodist Church in uptown tries to get a high-profile speaker on a topic that has generated a lot of news recently.
This month, it was Monroe in reference to gun violence specifically pertaining to Sandy Hook.
"The nation was rocked by the sad tragedy that happened in Connecticut," said Henry Donaghy from the First United Methodist Church.
What can be done to prevent it from happening again has been fiercely debated since Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults in December.
"You talk about gun violence in any community. It is tearing at the fabric of so many communities across the country," said Monroe.
He has been an outspoken proponent of stricter gun laws since the Sandy Hook shooting.
Monroe wants to see a ban on high capacity magazines and assault weapons as well as laws to punish people who don't report a gun stolen.
"I am not going to say that we should not have guns. I believe that responsible people should have a right to protect themselves and their homes," said Monroe.
At United Methodist Church in uptown Tuesday, Monroe outlined some of the facts related to gun violence in Charlotte and what is being done to combat the problem.
Since 2006, gun-related homicides have trended down, dropping from 59 to 34 last year, but Monroe said more needs to be done to address the issue of children with guns.
Last year, 38 minors were arrested for possession of a handgun the most in the last five years.
"We have to keep talking about it. We have to keep bringing attention to it," said Monroe.