CT-Moms Against Gun Violence

| December 19, 2012 | 11 Comments

There, we said it.  It’s time for the conversation on Gun Violence to not only begin, but for action to begin.  We understand this is going to be a lengthy and sometimes tiring process, but our children are worth it.  And, there’s no better place for it to begin than in Fairfield County, CT.

We give sincere thanks to Connecticut Against Gun Violence for all of the statistics and information below, but more so to it’s Executive Director, Ron Pinciaro, for presenting a workshop in Westport immediately after the tragedy in Newtown, along with Congressman Jim Himes, to inform all of us about what the current state of gun legislation is and how it can be improved upon.  Many of us are ignorant to the culture of guns, although we know how dangerous they can be with small children in the home.  We don’t understand the vocabulary much less the legislation.  Take a moment to familiarize yourself with where our State stands, what we have already done well and what we have yet to do and how.  Please note:  We are NOT saying that any or all of these changes could have or would have changed the terrible outcome of December 14th, 2012 in Newtown, CT.  However, we do want to honor the memory of those precious, innocent lives to do anything possible to try to prevent another mass shooting and attempt to combat this pervasive gun culture we’re in.

We are in talks with the Brady Campaign to coordinate a Million Mom March here in Connecticut.  There are many logistical challenges, not the least of which is that we don’t even _have_ a CT chapter yet!  So, be patient.  In the meantime, we are partnering with CAGV for a MARCH IN MARCH to take place on the 3 month anniversary of this tragedy, Thursday March 14th, 2013.   So, Mark your Calendars to March in Hartford with us.  We will be arranging transportation, food and everything else (except babysitters!) to make this as easy as possible to get at least 2,000 local moms on our Capitol’s steps.  Congressman Jim Himes has promised his full support and says it’s time for our level, the Grass Roots level, to make a change.  If we can get at least 2,000 Moms there, change will happen.   Let’s put some action behind our words, starting with you.  It’s worth a day off from work.

Thank you for your interest in helping to change laws that are designed to enhance gun safety.   If you are compelled to take action, following is our suggested list of ways that CT AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE would benefit from our support:

SHORT TERM ACTION
1. “Like” CT AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE (CAGV) on FACEBOOK

2. PLEASE SIGN ‘Demand A Plan Petition‘ 

3. CALL THE WHITE HOUSE (202) 456-1414 and ask what President Obama is doing to close the gun show loophole; ensure background checks for all secondary gun sales; reinstate the assault weapons ban.

4. ASK – “Asking Saves Kids”/Any time your child goes on a play-date, ask “Is there a gun in the house where your kids play? Is it locked up?”

5. SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, March 14th, 2013/ PLAN AHEAD! WE NEED YOU TO STAND WITH US
“MARCH in MARCH!”

6.MAKE A DONATION TO CAGV – earmark dollars for “MARCH IN MARCH” (please note: donations are not tax deductible as CAGV is a political lobbying organization)

7. PASS IT ON.  Share this message!  

8. TALK, TALK, TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES/CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, CHANGE CULTURE, CHANGE THE LAWS.

“MARCH IN MARCH” Thursday, March 14th, 2013
 HARTFORD, CT  – details to follow

For more information and statistics on the current gun laws please log on to:  www.cagv.org or www.bradycampaign.org

As we learn more on the status of the upcoming bill to be presented to the State Legislature, we will keep you informed on how you can participate by writing letters, calling your representatives, attending a press event in Hartford, etc.

 

Because we lobby for sensible gun laws, contributions to CAGV are not tax deductible for federal
income purposes. If you wish to make a tax-deductible gift, please visit the CAGV Education Fund web site.

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  1. Yvonne says:

    I believe that background record checks will probably be as routine as having a cup of
    coffee in the near future.

  2. Connie says:

    I am in the Newtown School District. And yes, we have police protection in our 5/6, Middle School and High School. They are deterrents I agree. But what is to say that they also will not be killed? Gun laws and mental health care has to change. This is the first step.

  3. Beth says:

    I am so happy to hear of this organization. I will be following you. In the article above it mentions “local” moms coming for the march on the capitol. I live in Ohio but I would love to participate.

  4. Neil Ragone says:

    While I share your concern about wanting to get rid of gun violence, I ask you to consider the following:

    The cities in the United States with the toughest gun control laws (New York, Chicago, Washington DC, etc) have the highest crime rate, while the cities with the least restrictive gun laws (cities in Arizona, Texas and Florida), have the lowest crime rate. Why do you think that is? Could it be because criminals aren’t stupid, and because of this they are more likely to commit a crime where they have the lowest chance of running into someone with a gun.

    Case in point: Many years ago, Australia required all gun owners to register their handguns, rifles and shot guns. Once that was accomplished they required these same owners to turn in their guns, then rifles, and finally shot guns. After this, crime shot up over 40%. A coincidence, I think not.

    No, I am not a member of the NRA. I don’t own any guns. Yes I agree that something needs to be done, like more thorough background checks. BTW, I heard that you were up in arms over the NRA’s suggestion about putting cops or armed security in schools. Here in Florida, we have cops in all middle schools and high schools, and some elementary schools and I don’t recall any one storming a school and shooting people. I also see nothing wrong with a teacher or administrator who has a concealed weapons permit and is properly training bring their gun to school. It may not have prevented a tragedy like the one in Newtown, but it sure would have minimized the damage.

  5. Tom May says:

    I would like to make a suggestion to your group as a position. Public schools should have the option of having armed protection and electronic surveillance. The cost of this would be paid for by a tax on guns and ammunition.

    The thought is to treat guns like cigarettes. Because there is a social cost to owning a gun, gun owners should pay with a higher tax. This is not the solution to the problem but I believe that it would be helpful by raising the price on guns and ammunition. It also calls the NRA’s bluff because their solution is to post armed guards in all schools.

    Feel free to contact me.

  6. Susie Q says:

    I would like to express my concern about any ban on guns. They are talking about taking away AR guns. Some saying that we don’t need AR’s or guns of this nature for hunting and it is not necessary for a person to have a semi-auto gun. I’m here to tell you that from what I can see, so far, the AR type semi-auto gun is the type of gun that I need for home security for me. If we have the right to protect ourselves, then the AR type guns should not be restricted. I need a gun that will stop them because what happens if I miss and what happens when there are several. Once they get to me, its a pretty sure bet I have lost the fight. I can’t hardly pull the trigger on a 380 & 9mm revolver and my thumb is not strong enough to cock the trigger. My wrist is too week to hold the 380 & 9mm semi-auto pistols which causes the bullets NOT to eject. The kick is too much for me on both guns. I shot an AK15 which I could shoot and can handle the slight kick, but it is heavier and longer than I want. I have a week back. So finally, I’m finding a gun which I can shoot. I keep telling my husband I want something that is light weight and not long, little amount of kick, etc. A sheriff we know said a 20 Gauge Pump Shotgun with 00 Buckshot is what I need. I tried pumping a 12 gauge shotgun and I can pump it ok so we are looking at guns that are 20 gauge, lighter and much shorter which are called tactical shotguns. I’m not crazy about the pump, but the sheriff says they are the most dependable and you don’t get malfunctions. Then I saw on TV just this week that a former law enforcement lady said that once a person hears you pump the gun, they run. (I liked that part.) I’m not happy about spending money on a gun, the bullets and money & time to go practice, but I feel this is now something I must do. Once we get it then I’m thinking I should spend yet more money on a class on gun safety. The short of it is… if I’m allowed to protect myself, then they should not take away the gun that works for me and my body type/condition. Crazy people and people intent on doing the kind of damage that was just done will get the guns and banning them will only leave the people that can’t protect themselves with guns that are less likely to stop them. A perfect world would be to restrict these guns, but that is too late. Even if they ban them, people won’t give them up. As I write this and people know that they are going to try to ban the AR type guns, they are buying them up. A local gun store owner had 9 of them in stock at the first of this week and as of the end of this week, he sold them all and he has ordered 30 more. You may know that these AR type guns range from $800.00 up. They are not cheap and guns and ammo are flying off the shelves. People are not going to give up their 2nd amendment right to protect themselves and their family with the weapons that will do the job. I can’t began to say how sorry I am for the loss of life of all the children and people. I wish someone was allowed to have a conceal & carry gun.

  7. MyLinhMerlin says:

    Are many people in the U.S. aware of statistics showing how gun-related deaths (homicides and suicides) in Australia had dropped by 60% after they tightened their gun control?

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    I saw your interview on CNN and wish you good luck with your mission.
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  9. Skippy says:

    Posted the following to the Piers Morgan Tonight Facebook Page , just now ! Then i saw CNN mention your efforts !

    ” Posted this item to my Facebook on Wednesday :

    Since Thursday i cannot get the Girls Petition from the Internet , WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO IT ?

    Saturday i created a Petition to Barack Obama , Largely ignored UNTIL NOW !
    http://www.change.org…See more

    President of United States of America: Repeal the 2nd Amendment
    http://www.change.org
    TOO Many Tragedies such as ” Newtown Elementary School Tragedy ” continue to occur due to the availability of Weapons to the General Public !
    Like · · Promote · Share ”

    What became of the Petition those girls began ? It tugged at the heart and deserved to be allowed to succeed !

    My blogsites over the past week are critical of the ” Gun Control Lobby ” causing this ” EPIDEMIC ” being pushed down the road , as TOO HARD TO SOLVE !

    Waiting now for the “NRA ” excuses , for their unconscienable opposition to the PRESIDENT leading your NATION !

  10. J says:

    What happened at Sandy Hook was terrible. But making the gun laws more strict will not prevent criminals from obtains guns. It will just make the law abiding citizens defenseless like they were in the school shooting. It was the criminal that killed, not the gun. If the gun killed, then the spoon makes people fat.

  11. Joshua says:

    I think its shameful to try to build an anti-gun case on the grave plots of these children. The guns were/are not the problem. Poor parenting is the problem. Bad access to mental healthcare is the problem. Helping the people that carry out these acts BEFORE they carry them out will solve the problem, not removing the implement of their destruction. Take away guns and they’ll resort to bombs or knives or something else. Helping their mental health by keeping an eye out for signs that someone is suffering from mental health issues and signs of mental distress and helping those people to get the help they need is where you should be concentrating your efforts. Guns don’t kill people. Parents who don’t get the kids the help they need kill people. You people should be ashamed at yourselves for your political agenda built on the backs of the deaths of children.

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