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FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

The recent police report on Newtown shooter Adam Lanza brought back the horrors from last December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School but created little understanding of what prompted it.

What has changed in the last year is the leadership by Connecticut and Greenwich public officials to take proactive steps to deal with gun violence, which usually comes in the form of handgun violence and not mass shootings. This is the so-called “Connecticut Effect.”

As someone who stood in the cold of Greenwich Avenue last winter to push for commonsense gun control, I congratulate Gov. Dannel Malloy and Greenwich’s legislative delegation for stepping up in the face of the National Rifle Association and passing a meaningful package of gun regulation. I also want to thank First Selectman Peter Tesei and the Board of Selectmen for joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns to support universal background checks and a crackdown on illegal gun trafficking.

On the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre on Dec. 14, my outrage will be reserved for a “do nothing” Congress that lacked the courage to pass universal background checks supported by 90% of the American people.

Our federal officials, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. Jim Himes, pushed for universal background checks and other gun restrictions. The problem resides elsewhere in places the NRA holds undue influence. It’s time to call, email and text friends, family and co-workers across the nation to pressure those in the House and Senate who are blocking commonsense gun restrictions.

I hope everyone will support the Honor Newtown campaign over the next two weekends organized by the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence to send holiday cards from Newtown to reluctant senators and representatives. On Greenwich Avenue and in Greenwich High School, residents will have an opportunity to send a cheerful holiday card to a reluctant member of Congress with short messages of support for universal background checks.

It is only through our actions and pleas for change that we can create a lasting legacy for those 26 Sandy Hook children and teachers who were massacred a year ago.

 

Robert Nixon
Old Greenwich

 The author is a member of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence.

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