Connecticut continues to lead the nation in making communities safe from gun violence.
It's time for Washington to do its part.
Greenwich, CT – For the past two years, 26 cyclists (“Team 26”) have completed the 400-mile ride from Sandy Hook, CT to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness for common-sense gun safety laws and to honor victims of gun violence. Because Congress has still failed to strengthen the nation’s gun laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook School shooting and at least 110 more school shootings since, Team 26 is undertaking its third annual Sandy Hook Ride on Washington.
For the second year, the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence will host a rally for Team 26 as they journey to Washington, to be held at Greenwich Town Hall on Saturday March 28, 12:30-2:00pm (press event at 12:45pm, indoors in case of rain). This year the rally will be held in partnership with Stamford-based The ENOUGH Campaign and the Brady Campaign Southwestern CT Chapter. Together, the three grass roots advocacy groups have more than 2,000 supporters in Fairfield County and beyond. Also supporting the effort is the leading statewide gun safety advocacy organization, CT Against Gun Violence.
This year’s rally will continue the call for expanded federal gun safety laws, especially universal background checks. Participants will also demonstrate support for proposed CT and federal laws aimed at reducing gun violence directed at women in domestic abuse situations: in the CT General Assembly, HB 6848 initiated by Gov. Malloy, and in the U.S. Senate, the Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act offered by Senators Blumenthal and Murphy.
Speakers at the Rally include Congressman Jim Himes, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, State Representative William Tong and the Greenwich YWCA Director of Domestic Abuse Services, Suzanne Adam. Rev. Maxwell Grant, Senior Minister at The Second Congregational Church of Greenwich will lead participants in a moment of silence in memory of victims of gun violence.
“In 2013 Connecticut reacted to the Sandy Hook School shooting swiftly and smartly by passing gun safety reforms to make our communities safer. But two years later, Washington continues to be paralyzed by the gun lobby” says Jonathan Perloe, a leader of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence and Rally organizer. “Worse than doing nothing, Congress is now considering legislation that would force every state to allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry a loaded, hidden gun in public. That would mean that convicted felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people from Florida, and other states with lax gun laws, could legally carry their guns in Connecticut.”
Liz Perry, founder of the Greenwich Council, explains “the rally will allow Greenwich, Stamford and neighboring communities to show their unwavering support for measures that reduce gun violence. Participants will also demonstrate that they stand behind our state and federal legislators who are working so hard to reduce gun deaths in Connecticut and across the nation.”
The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington was conceived by Monte Frank, a Sandy Hook resident and tireless gun violence prevention activist, who says "Team 26 is looking forward to stopping in Greenwich en-route to Washington to stand with all of the gun violence prevention groups and individuals working so hard to bring awareness to the gun violence epidemic that plagues our country and to press for common-sense solutions that are proven to save lives."
 Everytown for Gun Safety, School Shootings in America Since Sandy Hook.
 Confirmations from additional state and federal officials pending.
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Photo above: President Obama speaks in Hartford, CT.
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