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
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.