On Wednesday, November 7, a gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, killing 12 and injuring 25. One of the victims, Alaina Housley, was the niece of Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley. Mowry-Housley took some time to be with her family after the tragedy, but upon her return to her co-hosting duties on The Real this week, she made an emotional plea to end gun violence.

“I don’t like to say move on because I don’t think I’ll ever move on with the fact that she’s not here with me or with our family,” a choked-up Mowry-Housley said as tears ran down her face. “But [Alaina] would want me to move forward and to use her voice as a catalyst for change. And that’s why I’m here today.”

Mowry-Housley called her late 18-year-old niece a “debater” who “would want me to debate” that a change is needed on gun laws in America.

“We’re so divided,” the former Sister, Sister star continued. “We should never have to fight for the safety of our children. We should never have to fight for that. That should just happen out of your heart, out of human decency.”

As Mowry-Housley’s co-hosts — Jeannie Mai, Loni Love, and Adrienne Bailon — offered their support, the audience, many of whom were also in tears, applauded Mowry-Housley’s plea.

“I feel that if we talk to our representatives, and talk from that place, maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to move forward,” she said. “And if it’s up to me, I’m going to make sure that happens.”

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