Stamford Vigil of Hope
To Remember and Honor Victims of Gun Violence
Stamford, CT – On Thursday, December 10 The ENOUGH Campaign will gather with members of the community to hold its Third Annual Vigil honoring the lives lost to the epidemic of gun violence in America. The Vigil will take place on the steps of the Old Town Hall, 175 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT from 5:30 to 7:00pm. The ENOUGH Campaign is joined by the Greenwich Council against Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign Southwestern CT Chapter.
The Stamford Vigil is one of more than 265 local vigils and events in 39 states around the nation organized by the Newtown Action Alliance (NAA). It follows the NAA vigil that will take place in Washington DC the night before on Capitol Hill with survivors and families of victims of gun violence. The organizations participating in this year’s observance of the anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting represent more than 25 million Americans who support common-sense gun laws that are proven to reduce the rate of gun violence[i].
Since that tragic day in December 2012 approximately 90,000 lives have been needlessly cut short due to the public health crisis of gun violence. Gun violence is killing Americans in ways that should be unthinkable, but sadly are daily occurrences. So far in 2015 there has been on average at least one mass shooting per day (4 or more people shot in one incident), and more than 1,000 since the Sandy Hook shooting[ii]. More preschoolers are shot dead than are police killed in the line of fire[iii].
As members of the community light candles to honor all victims of gun violence, survivors and family members of victims will talk first-hand about the lifelong pain it creates. Speakers include:
The three grassroots organizations hosting the Vigil were formed following the shooting in Newtown. An important dimension of their work is giving voice to the majority of Connecticut residents whose safety is being threatened by the fringe element of gun owners whose “guns everywhere” reflexive response is fueled by paranoid fantasies of the government turning against its citizenry and mistaken beliefs that civilian ownership of military-style weaponry keeps us safer.
Explains Jonathan Perloe, leader of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence and President of the Southwestern CT chapter of the Brady Campaign, “While the statistics of gun violence are unimpeachable, hearing the personal, painful stories of those whose lives have been affected by gun violence brings an intimate understanding of what the numbers mean to the millions of families and friends of the victims.”
The Vigil will be an apolitical, non-advocacy and non-religious gathering that is family friendly. The organizers expect a large turnout in the face of horrific mass shootings in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino over the past two weeks—and the incomprehensible position the majority party has taken on gun safety laws, including its position to allow suspected terrorists on the FBI no-fly list to legally purchase firearms.
Dress suitably as the event will be held outdoors, rain, snow or clear skies.
[i] Newtown Action Alliance, http://bit.ly/1jJhONu
[ii] Mass Shootings Tracker, shootingtracker.com
[iii] A New Way to Tackle Gun Deaths, The New York Times Op-Ed, October 3, 2015
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