Easton residents prepare for ‘March for Change’ rally Feb. 14

march for changeA bipartisan coalition of Easton residents supporting the enactment of “common sense rational gun laws” in Connecticut invites the community to join them at a rally in Hartford on Thursday Feb. 14 .

A bus will leave the town park on Black Rock Road (formerly Toth Memorial Park) at 8:30 a.m. and return by 2:30 p.m., so parents can attend while their children are at school. People of all ages are welcome.

The action-driven, peaceful rally will take place on the North Steps of the State Capitol in Hartford at 11 a.m. for one hour on the two-month anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

On Dec. 14, a lone 20-year-old shooter, armed with a semi-automatic rifle with 30-round magazine clip, murdered 20 children and seven adults before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide.

“Instead of watching CNN and crying, a grass roots group of activists got going and is working to enact safer gun laws,” said Melissa Mack, an Easton mother of two and one of the local organizers. “This is something people can do to stand behind Newtown.”

Connecticut has the fourth strongest gun laws in the nation, and the coalition’s goal isn’t to take away people’s guns or their Second Amendment rights, Ms. Mack said.

Rather, its purpose is to limit magazine clips to 10 rounds, require more background checks for gun owners and strengthen the assault weapons ban.

A pre-event letter writing campaign will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7-9 p.m. at an Easton site to be announced. Children and adults are welcome at the information event where they will write letters to the legislators who represent Easton.

Everyone is urged to wear green to show solidarity with Easton’s Newtown neighbors.

Buses will be available from Easton to the rally for $26, including coffee ctmomsonline.com/marchforchange/

For information, contact: eastonmarchforchange@gmail.com. For more information on the rally, visit marchforchange.org. For information on legislation being drafted by Connecticut Against Gun Violence, visit cagv.org.

To write to state legislators go to www.congressweb.com/cweb2/index.cfm/siteid/BGAGV/action/TakeAction.Contact/lettergroupid/37

“Our hearts are broken,” according to the coalition. “Not just in Connecticut, but around the country. All eyes are on Connecticut right now. What will we do about it? What can we do about it? Let’s show the nation what we can achieve and be a template for other states to follow.”

 

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