Legislators say lobbying works - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Legislators say lobbying works

A big bus load of fed up Memphians came to Nashville to lobby legislators for tougher crime laws. 

It was all organized by Hadassah, a Jewish women's organization.

The group realized all of Memphis is affected by crime when the son of one of its members was murdered.

Lourice Davis' son was murdered in Memphis in the parking lot at his telecommunications job. It was a robbery.

"My son is in a grave and he will never get out. That person should be in jail forever," mother Lourice Davis said.

Ethan Jacobs was shot at McKellar Lake as he walked with friend. The killer has never been caught.

"You don't want to watch your son die. I was supposed to go first before him," father Alan Jacobs said.

The group went from legislative office to legislative office hoping to convince legislators to vote for the tougher crime laws laid out in bills before them.

They crowded into the Senate office of Reginald Tate and made their case.

Tate told me  it makes a difference when you can see the faces of people affected by crime.

"I think it's very effective you see the pain and the hurt you experience. The feeling that what motivates you into the legislative mode that makes you care," Tate said.

The group said it will not give up the fight for tougher crime laws.

They said if they have to make another trip to Nashville they will. They don't intend to let up on legislators.

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