Former Home and Away star Tammin Sursok attended an anti-gun rally on Thursday after her daughter was caught up in the horrific school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee.
Three children and three adults in The Covenant School in Nashville were tragically killed in the mass shooting on Monday morning.
Tammin, 39, lives in Nashville with husband Sean McEwen and their two daughters, Phoenix, nine, and Lennon, three.
Their eldest daughter attends a school very close to The Covenant school and it went into lockdown as a precaution.
The actress posted to Instagram on the morning of the shooting and was incredibly distraught when she told her followers that Phoenix’s school was in lockdown.
Australian soap star Tammin Sursok (right) attended an anti-gun rally on Thursday after her daughter was caught up in the horrific school shooting in Nasville, Tennessee
She described the ordeal as hitting ‘too close to home’ for many parents in America, where school shootings occur almost every year.
The mother-of-two has been vocal about her anti-gun views and attended a protest on Thursday outside the Tennessee State Capitol.
She, along with thousands of others, held signs that read ‘Protect kids not guns’ and ‘school attendance should not be a death sentence’.
The actress shared several photos and videos from the rally on Instagram, and begged for US legislators to change the country’s gun laws.
In the caption, she wrote: ‘We all want change! Yes, I know that we all have different opinions and I respect all of them. I’m so open for the conversation – but let’s START SOMEWHERE!
‘Today was extremely emotional. The minute I walked up to the capitol building I started to cry. So many of us were crying. We can’t live like this anymore and we all know it.
The mother-of-two is being vocal about her anti-gun views and she attended a protest on Thursday outside the Tennesse State Capitol
‘We don’t just want change, we need change, our lives depend on it.’
The Pretty Little Liars star said she used to be afraid to speak on political issues out ‘fear of hate and ridicule’, but now she is done with being silent.
She added: ‘I had so many conversations today with conservatives, democrats, republicans and it’s unanimous, something has to be done.
‘We all want to send our children to school and know they will come home.’
To try and keep her daughters safe, Tammin bought them bulletproof backpacks, but said ‘this is not normal’.
The Pretty Little Liars star said she used to be afraid to speak on political issues of out ‘fear of hate and ridicule’ but now she is done with being silent.
The actress shared several photos and videos from the rally on Instagram, and is begging for US legislators to change the country’s gun law
‘We know that buying bulletproof backpacks and shoelace free shoes, so our children don’t fall when they are running from a shooter, is NOT NORMAL!’ she continued in the Instagram post.
‘I’m begging for you to not stay silent. I’m begging you to try and figure out a way to move forward together.
‘I’m begging if you have a social media platform to open up the conversation with your followers.
‘This have never been an argument about legally owning a gun as a law abiding citizen. That’s never been the issue at hand. Sensible and reasonable regulations that make sense. For all of us!!!
The actress attended the rally where signs such as ‘Protect kids not guns’ and ‘school attendance should not be a death sentence’ were held
‘Let’s come together. We are so much more alike than different. We can do this.’
On Monday, Tammin was left in years when she found out her daughter’s school had gone into lockdown as a precaution.
‘There’s been an active shooter in one of the schools in Nashville… It’s right next to my daughter’s school. She’s in lockdown, she’s fine,’ she said at the time.
‘I know a lot of other mothers are completely hysterical and shaking right now, because I can’t believe this keeps happening. And you always think it’s not going to happen to you.’
Thousands of people attended the rally at the Tennessee State Capitol on Thursday