Greenwich rally set to support gun law reform

Members of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence have been very active in campaigning for federal gun law reform, appearing at numerous rallies with homemade signs.

Members of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence have been very active in campaigning for federal gun law reform, appearing at numerous rallies with homemade signs.

The Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence is continuing its efforts to fight for reform of federal gun laws and will be taking part in the Support the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington.

As they travel through the state in their journey to Washington D.C. riders from Team 26 will stop in town for a rally at Town Hall on Saturday, March 8, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The riders in this team will be coming from Ridgefield and their numbers will grow as they go through town as Greenwich residents are expected to join up through the council’s Team Greenwich.

Organizers say that this will show that “the Connecticut effect is alive and well” recalling infamous remarks from an National Rife Association lobbyist who felt the calls for the reform of federal gun laws would subside once “the Connecticut effect” after the Sandy Hook Elementary School faded.

“In 2013 Connecticut passed tough common-sense gun regulations to make our communities safer. Now it’s time for Washington to do the same,” Jonathan Perloe, a leader of the Greenwich Council, said in a press release.

According to the council, this rally will allow concerned residents show their support for legislative measures to reduce gun violence and “publicly demonstrate that Greenwich supports legislators who advocate for stronger gun regulation.”

Dina Klein Lunder, one of the rally organizers, said, “Connecticut has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, but we can’t protect ourselves from gun violence when weak federal laws let guns flow into our state from elsewhere.”

The council’s efforts have received bipartisan support on the town, state and congressional levels and elected officials and community leaders have been invited to a press conference as part of the rally. As of this week, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th), both town residents, will speak as will Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, First Selectman Peter Tesei, Selectman Drew Marzullo and Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence. Selectman David Theis and others will also be participating in the event.

Council founder Liz Perry said, “It’s been simply amazing the level of support we’ve mobilized in Greenwich over the past year. To honor the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we sent 1,000 handwritten Newtown holiday cards to members of Congress asking them to pass universal background checks. We’re not going away until they act.”

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