Council offers thank-you to all who made rally a success

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

On Saturday, 200 citizens congregated at Town Hall to support the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington.

They welcomed Team 26 to Greenwich and gave them a message to take to Congress about the urgent need for gun safety reform, “Connecticut did its job, now it’s time for Congress to do theirs.”

On behalf of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, thank you to the scores of people who are helping to make our voices heard in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to the Greenwich Board of Selectmen, who recognize the importance of gun violence prevention, even for communities as safe as ours. Thanks to our Attorney General George Jepsen, who is vigorously defending Connecticut’s laws from gun rights absolutists who want unfettered access to the instruments of death that are killing 30,000 Americans each year. Thanks to Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Himes, who are tireless advocates for tougher gun regulation.

Our appreciation goes to the town, with special thanks to Sgt. John Slusarz, Frank Gabriele and Al Monelli for going out of their way to meet our needs. In the words of Congressman Himes, who rode all the way from Newtown to Town Hall, “Greenwich laid out the red carpet better than anyone.”

We are so proud of Team Greenwich, the 11 very capable riders who accompanied Team 26 from Ridgefield, proof that the “Connecticut effect” is alive and well in Greenwich. Thanks to all the members of the Greenwich Council and our friends at The ENOUGH Campaign in Stamford, who went above and beyond to get the word out, and to dozens of supporters whose financial generosity funded a substantial portion of the Team 26 costs. Thanks to the media, who have not let this story fade away.

But most of all, thanks to everybody at the rally who made it clear: We are not going away until the nation’s gun laws are strong.


Jonathan Perloe

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

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