Community leaders and residents went out to Kiest Park despite the rain Tuesday night to attend National Night Out in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas.
The annual gathering was a way for people in the neighborhood to come together, get to know each other and in the process reduce crime.
After this week’s tragic violence in Las Vegas, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway said they believe it is more important than ever to unite as a community.
“The randomness of hate and randomness of crime happens in cities all across America. The one thing that is important, an antidote for it, is getting together as a community, city, bonding together. And you shouldn't wait ‘til after the event. You need to do it and that's what tonight is about,” Rawlings said.
Caraway said residents need to be taking on the NRA when it comes to restrictions on high-powered firearms.
The event was put on by Caraway and councilman Scott Griggs.