Congressman celebrates black history month, calls for a conversation about guns

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - An Eastern Carolina Congressman called for a conversation on guns while attending a black history month event in Greenville Saturday.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield came to the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church for a black history celebration.

The service featured Dr. Alexa Canady-Davis, the first African American woman neurosurgeon in the United States.

Canady-Davis spoke about how to keep moving forward after facing challenges.

"People tend to think that when they've made a mistake that no one's ever made this mistake before and there are a couple of reasons for that." Canady-Davis said. "One is that people clean their resume of their mistakes. So if you see somebody who's successful, you don't hear about the troubles they've had along the way."

Before the event, Congressman Butterfield spoke about the recent school shooting in Florida.

"Let's have a debate," Butterfield said. "Let's go to the House floor, House and Senate, Democrat and Republican and let's debate mass shootings and what we can do legislatively to try to curb mass shootings."

Butterfield says he sees more people carrying guns in public places, including churches.

He says the right to defend yourself is a constitutional right, but background checks could help keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.