The morning of December 14, 2012, I took my baby to the Children's Museum in Norwalk to play. A friend of mine called me to ask me where I was. "There's been a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown." At the time, my son was in preschool, so I reflexively said to her, "Don't worry, my kids don't go to that school." But as I heard my voice echo in my head, my heart sunk. It struck me: someone else's kids did. Like many area mothers, I took to the message boards of our Fairfield county-wide mom's group and asked frantically, "Who's kids go to Sandy Hook?" It was a cathartic moment, when we suddenly all became mothers to each others’ children.
This was my entry into gun violence prevention. 24 hours after this phone call, I gathered with then-strangers in someone's living room trying to make sense of the massacre that killed 20 first graders and six educators. One minute I knew school was the safest place for a child. The next minute we were hearing accounts of the most deadly scene anyone could have ever imagined unfolding in a first grade classroom.
From here my eyes opened up to a country filled with gun violence. It was like somebody took a sleep mask off my eyes and I saw carnage in every direction. Domestic violence. Suicide. Tragic negligence. In some American cities, children live with the threat of gun violence on a daily basis. As of May 29, 2017, according to the Gun Violence Archive, 1,540 children and teens under 18 have been killed or injured due to gun violence in the U.S. And the year is only half over.
With my new friends I met in less than 24 hours after the Sandy Hook shooting, I became a part of the birth of a local citizens’ action group with the other women I met that day. We formed an organization called The ENOUGH Campaign, whose mission is to end gun violence by advocating for more public awareness on the issues of gun violence prevention through legislative advocacy and community education. We organize the annual Stamford Vigil of Hope every December.
This Friday, June 2, 2017, the City of Stamford and Mayor David Martin will join the country in observance of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Gun violence prevention advocates in Stamford will be kicking off #WearOrange activities in cities across Connecticut to honor all victims and survivors of gun violence. In Stamford, The ENOUGH Campaign is partnering with civic action group Women On Watch, where a press conference will be held with the Mayor and other city and state leaders at Stamford Police headquarters, 805 Bedford Street, 2nd Floor lobby, 9:30 AM. The event is open to the public, and we ask that you please come to support this vital cause.
Following the Stamford press conference, there will be an “Orange Walk” and rally in Newtown at 5:00 PM from Fairfield Hills to Edmond Town Hall. The evening event is sponsored by The Brady Campaign Greater Danbury Chapter, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, The ENOUGH Campaign, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Newtown Action Alliance, and Sandy Hook Promise. To participate in the walk, sign up at bit.ly/wearorange-CT.
Annually, June is the deadliest month for gun violence. We are fast approaching the one year anniversary of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed and another 53 injured, and we mark almost two years since the Charleston shooting where nine churchgoers were killed by a racist gunman. The #WearOrange campaign was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange on her birthday, the color hunters wear to protect themselves. This Friday, Hadiya would have turned 20.
I am personally determined to end gun violence. As a student of the Stamford Parent Leadership Training Institute and an extension of my advocacy, I have created the Stamford Pediatric Gun Safety Project, whose purpose is to support doctors in incorporating gun safety into pediatric wellness visits. This June 2, I’m going to wear orange, and I ask residents of Stamford to join me in honor of the lives lost and to pledge to reduce gun violence in all its forms.
I have three grandsons, all of whom play sports. My husband and I don’t go to all their games, but the game on this particular Sunday last March was very important because our 11-year-old grandson, Aidan, was competing in the league championship. I was watching with more focus than usual. In the spirit of honesty, I will admit that when Aidan or his brothers are on the bench and not playing, my focus will sometimes wander. Where it had wandered to this time I can’t recall, but when my daughter leaned in close to me and whispered, “Mom, do you see who they’re playing against?” I snapped out of my reverie. I looked at her blankly. “It’s Newtown,” she said.
I immediately locked my gaze onto the back of a single opponent’s green-and-white jersey. The boy was racing down the court, dribbling the ball skillfully toward the basket. And there on his back was the name that carried so much unbearable weight for our state, as well as our nation. Newtown. I felt a crippling weight on my chest as memories of Dec. 14, 2012 flooded back with a tsunami of images and emotions. I made a quick calculation and realized the boys on the opposing team were the right age to be the classmates, siblings, cousins or friends of some of the children who were murdered. Oh, what they all witnessed or experienced that day. Tears burned into the backs of my eyes.
Then the boy made the basket. The people filling the bleachers on the other side of the gym erupted with cheers and whistles and stomped their feet in recognition of the boy and the two points scored. For a moment, the room vibrated with their happiness. Then I realized who these happy people were. They were the parents, grandparents, siblings or friends of the children who were murdered that day by a severely mentally ill, socially alienated young man carrying a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns. All of the people cheering, children and adults alike, were finding ways to put their grief aside and resurrect their lives in spite of what our country’s horrendously lax gun laws had brought upon their families and their community.
All of the above brings me to my own past relationship to guns. As a child growing up in the 1950s, I played with guns — cap guns and toy rifles. How could you play cowboys and Indians and cops and robbers without guns? My parents didn’t hesitate when I asked them to buy me a holster for my gun. It was no different when I begged for chaps for my blue jeans, a sheriff’s badge, or a Dick Tracy watch. The good guy had to beat the bad guy, right? And one way of doing this was by shooting him.
I lost my affection for guns at about age 10, but have maintained an interest in law enforcement. When I was 27, foolishly I’ll admit, I even made a citizen’s arrest of a drug-addicted robber. It was because of the Sandy Hook tragedy, however, and my growing awareness of the enormous political clout of the National Rifle Association that I began to participate actively in anti-gun violence causes.
In addition to the NRA’s political rhetoric about guns in our society, police use of weapons was also of compelling concern to me. News reports of officers using firearms in hard-to-explain ways resulting in the killings of so many African-American men, was straining my childhood notion of the police as always being the good guys.
Last month I learned about the Greenwich Police Citizens’ Policy Academy (GPCPA), an intensive 11-week course designed to educate the community about how police are trained to professionally carry out all aspects of their jobs. The instructors are highly experienced Greenwich police officers. I saw this course as my opportunity to receive a clearer understanding of how law enforcement works.
In addition to 265 hours of class time, there is also an off-site re-enactment of a hostage situation; an opportunity to accompany officers on marine and patrol car ride-alongs; and a class held at the police firing range. At that setting, students receive a summary but explicit lesson on gun safety, firing range etiquette, and gun grip followed by practice shooting with live ammo at a target. The next section of the class would involve an exercise requiring split-second judgment about whether to use lethal force.
I applied and my application was accepted. This is how on the evening of May 1, I found myself, an anti-gun activist, in the unlikely setting of a shooting range, holding a 9mm Glock pistol with a single live bullet in the chamber. I was ready to respond to a video reenactment of a “shots fired” 911 call.
The two students before me responded to their video scenarios of active shooters at a car dealership and an auto body shop. Where was my storyline going to take place? It was in a school, of all places. A teenage boy was arguing with a teacher in the front hall. Shots rang out. I tensed up immediately. Where did the shots come from? I felt my heartbeat quicken. I gripped the handle of my gun tightly, at the same time trying desperately to prevent my trigger finger from becoming too tense. Suddenly a set of double doors swung open and two students raced through them, seemingly right at me. I didn’t think. I reacted. BOOM! I shot and “killed” a young, unarmed girl. Then, two more students charged through the doors, both of them unarmed. Another teenager raced out and on his heels was a boy with a gun pointed at him. I was helpless to do anything because I had already used my one bullet to “kill” an innocent student. The shooter fired and “killed” the boy running in front of him. End of scenario.
It was also the end of my bewilderment. I now understand how police officers can make mistakes and kill someone in what they assume to be a life-or-death situation. Having experienced my anxiety about when to fire a weapon, even though it was in a simulated situation, I now have an unmistakable sense of what can be going on in a “good guy’s” head when he or she believes their or someone else’s life is at stake. The decision to fire or not to fire has to be made in a second. For me, whether guns are in the hands of the wrong people or the right people, they will still always be dangerous.
Finally, my grandson’s basketball game against Newtown and the anguished memories it triggered in me now have a larger meaning beyond that athletic competition. My studies at the GPCPA have armed me with the knowledge that owning and using a firearm involves split-second decision-making. Such decisions require full use of human faculties. Newtown’s horrific tragedy was caused by an individual whose mental illness impaired his cognitive and decision-making processes. Such individuals must never have access to firearms. No more Newtowns!
Mayor David Martin, City of Stamford, to Declare June 2
"National Gun Violence Awareness Day"
Friday, June 2, 2017 9:30 AM
Stamford Police Headquarters
805 Bedford Street
2nd Floor Lobby
Stamford - On Friday, June 2, 2017, the City of Stamford and Mayor David Martin will join the country in observance of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Annually, June is the deadliest month for gun violence. This year, gun violence prevention advocates in Stamford will be kicking off #WearOrange activities across Connecticut to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence.
In Stamford, The ENOUGH Campaign is partnering with the national #WearOrange Campaign to End Gun Violence, CT Against Gun Violence, and Women On Watch, a local progressive civic group. A press conference with Mayor David Martin and other Stamford and state leaders will be held at Stamford Police headquarters,805 Bedford Street, 2nd Floor lobby, 9:30 AM. The event is open to the public, and we ask that you please come to support this worthy cause. Wear orange!
The #WearOrange campaign was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange on her June 2nd birthday. Orange is the color hunters wear to protect themselves. This year, Hadiya would have turned 20.
Fairfield Hills to Edmond Town Hall
45 Main Street
The ENOUGH Campaign partners with the "WEAR ORANGE" campaign, Newtown Action Alliance, and other local organizations for the Newtown Orange Walk and Rally
Fairfield Hills to Edmond Town Hall
45 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
Friday, June 2, 5:00 PM
Turn Newtown Orange on National Gun Violence Awareness Day!
Friday, June 2, 2017 marks the 3rd Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The Brady Campaign Greater Danbury Chapter, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, The Enough Campaign, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Newtown Action Alliance, and Sandy Hook Promise are uniting again to turn Newtown Orange to #EndGunViolence. Nearly half a million Americans will be killed or injured by guns by the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting this December. Newtown is moving forward but Newtown has not moved on. We must continue to shed a light on the epidemic of gun violence in our nation to engage more Americans to make gun violence prevention a priority.
Please sign up here (bit.ly/wearorange-CT) to join us on June 2nd for our "Orange Walk" and Rally in Newtown. We will meet at Fairfield Hills at 5:00 P.M to "Orange Walk" over to Edmond Town Hall for our #WearOrange rally. Please #WearOrange and please bring your favorite gun violence prevention poster or sign. Keynote Speaker: Actress Melissa Joan Hart.
Take Exit 11 off of I-84, turn left at the light onto Wasserman Way, take a left turn onto Trades Lane, take first right onto Keating Farms Ave, then take a first right between the two brick buildings and park in the rear parking lot.
Candles lit to remember and honor victims of gun violence; Judy Martin remembered as stellar Stamford GVP activist
The ENOUGH Campaign held our Fourth Annual Vigil of Hope this past Thursday, December 15, 2016 to remember and honor victims of gun violence. Members of the community braved frigid temperatures to light candles honoring the lives lost to the epidemic of gun violence in America.
Stamford Vigil of Hope To Remember and Honor Victims of Gun Violence THE ENOUGH CAMPAIGN JOINS NATIONWIDE VIGILS ON DECEMBER 15 TO END GUN VIOLENCE VIGIL TIMED FOR FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SANDY HOOK TRAGEDY
Stamford, CT – On Thursday, December 15, 2016 The ENOUGH Campaign will gather with members of the community to hold its Fourth Annual Stamford Vigil of Hope to End Gun Violence honoring the lives lost to the epidemic of gun violence in America. The Vigil will take place in front of the Ferguson Library in Downtown Stamford, CT at 1 Public Library Plaza (at the corner of Bedford and Broad Streets) from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. The ENOUGH Campaign is joined by the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, the Brady Campaign Southwestern CT Chapter, and Connecticut Against Gun Violence.
The Stamford Vigil of Hope is one of more than 230 local vigils and events in 39 states around the nation organized by the Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) and the only alliance vigil being held in Fairfield County. 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 vigil will be part of a nationwide tribute in partnership with the Newtown Foundation, St Marks Episcopal Church, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Organizing for Action, Everytown Survivor Network and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
As members of the community light candles to honor all victims of gun violence, community leaders who have been pursuing new and effective preventative solutions to gun violence will talk about their roles in the larger effort in Stamford to reduce this devastating problem in our community.
• Stamford Mayor David Martin • State Representative William Tong • Rev. Dr. Michael G. Christie, Associate Pastor at Union Baptist Church • Valarie Schultz-Wilson, President and CEO of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut • Michael Hyman, Director of the Chester Addison Community Center
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. In the 2016 Election, gun safety won big on state ballot measures in California, Nevada, and Washington, making the case for direct action in gun safety initiatives by voters. Voters in New Hampshire ousted Senator Kelly Ayotte in favor of Gov. (and now Senator-elect) Maggie Hassan, who supports a background check system on all guns sold in America. And in Connecticut, voters chose Senator Blumenthal, gun safety champion, over an NRA-backed challenger. Regardless of the outcome of the Presidential race, American voters stood firm for gun safety.
• 93% of Connecticut residents support universal background checks (2013 Quinnipiac Poll) and 64% of Connecticut residents support stricter gun laws (2013 Hartford Courant Poll)
• Since the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, more than 400,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns
• There has been no congressional action to #EndGunViolence with three failed gun violence prevention votes in the Senate and no votes in the House of Representatives.
"Gun violence affects all people of Stamford across our communities beyond the epicenter of incidents. The Stamford Vigil of Hope brings our neighborhoods together and inspires us to work with one another on cultural change and common-sense reform to create long-term solutions to gun violence in our hometown," says Shira Tarantino, a leader of The ENOUGH Campaign and vigil organizer. She continues, "In addition to inspiring optimism, it is our hope that our local vigil encourages grassroots advocacy beyond this event for residents to help prevent avoidable tragedy and to honor with action those whose voices have been forever silenced by gun violence."
We invite the community to come light a candle with us for a brighter future, and leave inspired by the event to honor those lost to gun violence with action.
Dress suitably as the event will be held outdoors, rain, snow or clear skies.
The historic Rally to Disarm Hate 2016 was held in Washington DC on August 13. It was a great success, with 37 presenters and performers and approximately 1,000 attendees and volunteers. People came from all over the country, and we remember meeting people from Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, Massachusetts, and of course, Washington DC.
The Disarm Hate rally brought public awareness to LGBTQ, African American, and women’s human rights issues within the context of the vital need for gun law reform. Thanks to the speakers, performers, volunteers, attendees, and the rally supporters, we were able to ignite a national discussion about stemming intolerance and promoting gun safety in order to strengthen the backbone of equal opportunity for all.
The collective sponsorship of The ENOUGH Campaign and more than 50 gun violence prevention, LGBTQ, and other social justice organizations elevated the visibility of the rally, bringing local and national media attention to the event.
While each organization represented at the rally has its own unique mission, our common thread that strings us together is that we seek freedom from fear and hate; we work towards recognition and respect of individual freedoms without the sacrifice of the safety of our families, neighbors, or communities.
Safer gun laws provide a foundation for nonviolent communities and help to prevent domestic violence, suicide, hate crimes, and more senseless tragedies.
This was an unforgettable, historic rally. It was an event in which all involved strengthened the movement to disarm hate.
Check out the photos below, and watch the Disarm Hate 2016 Rally LIVE on C-Span!
On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed by a heavily armed gunman at Pulse, a popular Florida gay bar - the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Please Join us on August 13, 2016 in Washington DC as we rally to #DisarmHate! Click here for more info and how you can be a part of history.
The following is an open letter to concerned citizens everywhere, by Shira Tarantino of The ENOUGH Campaign:
Three and a half years ago, my friends and I gathered in a living room after the horrific attack at local Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 first graders and six educators we murdered by a gunman. We were shocked and saddened, but most of all, motivated to make a change for the better.
Today, following the horror of America's worst mass shooting in history, the gun violence prevention movement stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. We share common concerns, such as suicide, domestic violence, and hate crimes. We both support peace and tolerance in our communities. We stand together to condemn hate of all kinds; hate drives people to perform unspeakable acts.
The gay community has an inspiring history of standing up, shouting out, fighting back, and transforming the landscape of America for the better. The Stonewall riots of 1969 laid the framework of what was to become the LGBTQ movement in support of these communities across the globe. Since then, we've found our voices and have stood up to oppression of all kinds.
When University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was tortured and killed in 1998, the LGBTQ communities and allies across the country came together to speak out and let it be known that his death was a hate crime. It took eleven long years, but the gay community fought and fought and fought - until Congress finally passed the act that was named after Matthew into law: one which would expand federal hate crimes to include those whose motivation was because the victim is gay.
And the LGBTQ communities stood up for federal recognition of gay marriage. And we fought and fought and fought, until it became law.
Currently, the LGBTQ community fights for the rights and recognition of transgendered people. When we make our voices heard, we promote awareness and acceptance; we make a change for the better. We have a long road ahead of us - but we know from experience that We The People have the power to create change.
But what would have happened if we remained silent?
No community knows better than the gay community that silence=death!
The LGBTQ communities and the gun violence prevention movement share common ground: we want to prevent suicide and domestic violence; we want to eradicate hate crimes; we seek peace and social justice. And while every individual and each group plays a unique part in changing systemic underlying problems, the common denominator in our shared concerns is the accessibility of guns.
Access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide more than 5 times more than in instances where there are no weapons. In addition, abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.(1)
Households with guns were three times more likely to have homicides and five times more likely to have suicides than homes without guns.(2)
Congress must take action to address gun violence. But right now, on this issue, we have a sitting Congress who does nothing but sit. Congress has remained SILENT on gun violence.
Now it is time, once again, to step forward and reshape Congress. Call your lawmakers NOW at the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and tell them that we are tired of their inaction. We refuse to be silent. Tell them that you demand safer gun laws, such as background checks for all guns sold in America, a ban on military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition, and that gun trafficking be declared a federal crime.
Tonight we grieve. Tomorrow, we act.
Please Join The ENOUGH Campaign and our friends on August 13, 2016 in Washington DC as we rally to #DisarmHate! It's time to show Congress - and the entire country - that we won't stand for silence. Click here for more info and how you can be a part of history.
In Peace, Shira
_____________________________________________________________________________________ (1) J. C. Campbell, D; Webster, J; Koziol-McLain, C. R; et al. 2003. Risk Factors For Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results From A Multi-Site Case Control Study. American Journal of Public Health. 93(7).
(2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2004. (Available at the following Internet website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars/default.htm).
Victims of Orlando massacre honored at Norwalk Town Hall
We are deeply heartbroken as we mourn the loss of 49 amazing people who were shot and killed at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the largest mass shooting in American history. No words can describe the collective pain that we feel.
On Thursday, June 16, The ENOUGH Campaign stood with TCC (Triangle Community Center) - the sponsoring organization - and with religious leaders, local officials, and the community at a vigil in Norwalk, CT to honor those who were killed at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando. The event was somber, yet uplifting - inspiring a crowd of 200+ to strengthen our resolve in the fight against gun violence.
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling stated that he was "tired of waking up and hearing of another act of violence. We need to shout out loud & clear: ENOUGH!"
CAGV (Connecticut Against Gun Violence) is the only statewide gun violence prevention organization that is solely focused on advocating for common-sense gun laws in Connecticut. Thanks to their efforts over more than 20 years, CT has the second strongest gun laws in the nation.
More and more, people are coming to view gun violence as a public health crisis. For the first time in 60 years, as many Americans were killed in 2014 by guns as by automobiles. Two-thirds of gun deaths are by suicide, a number that is growing.
That’s why CAGV has invited Dr. David Hemenway, Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, to be our Luncheon keynote speaker. Dr. Hemenway is a leading authority on injury and violence and has written widely on gun violence prevention. We expect a very informative talk from the person who was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as one of the 20 “most influential injury and violence professionals over the past 20 years.”
We hope to see you at the Luncheon where we’ll celebrate our successes, talk about our agenda and hear from the highly regarded Dr. Hemenway.
P.S. Please don’t forget to mark your calendar for the CAGV Benefit Luncheon on May 5, noon – 2pm!
WHERE: National Shooting Sports Foundation 11 Mile Hill Road, Newtown
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Newtown-based corporate gun lobby, will be holding its annual firearm trade show and conference in Las Vegas from January 19th - 22nd. The SHOT Show and Conference is the largest firearm trade show in the world and 62,000 industry professionals will be meeting to fight any and all sensible gun laws. Unlike Jay Leno who cancelled his appearance last year, Jeff Foxworthy will be performing at the NSSF Industry Dinner.
The NSSF has grown from its hunting and target shooting roots as a gun industry trade organization to one of the most powerful gun lobby groups in the nation. This under-the-radar gun lobby group headquartered a few miles from the Sandy Hook Elementary School, outspent the National Rifle Association (NRA) on lobbying for gun rights in 2014 and spent nearly the same amount in 2015. The NSSF is the group who redefined assault rifles as "modern sporting rifles" and worked to put more guns including assault rifles in the hands of small children.
Three months ago, many of you signed our coalition petition asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to cancel the $2.4 million grant to NSSF for its Project ChildSafe program. No taxpayer in America should have to foot the bill for a profit-focused gun lobby group looking to improve its public image. During our December trip to Washington D.C. for the 3rd National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, we hand-delivered our coalition petition signed by over 28,000 people to a representative at the DOJ with advocates from Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and MomsRising,
In our effort to raise awareness about the NSSF and its irresponsible marketing and lobbying practices, we will be joined by Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, Brady Campaign Southwest CT Chapter and the Enough Campaign to rally in Newtown outside the NSSF headquarters at 11 Mile Hill Road on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th at 4 p.m. EST.
We were pleased to join the President in the East Room of the White House last Tuesday when he announced his executive actions to #EndGunViolence. At our rally, we will also be thanking President Obama for his leadership. We look forward to hearing his statement on gun violence prevention tonight at his last State of the Union address. Our hearts will be heavy when we see the #EmptySeat next to the First Lady, representing all victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice.
We must continue to work together to prevent our tax dollars from being awarded to NSSF and send a strong message to the gun industry to stop its relentless fight against sensible gun laws in pursuit of corporate gun profits. We can no longer accept the status quo where guns are killing more than 30,000 Americans annually.
We are on the right side of history. The conversation has changed since the Sandy Hook tragedy. States are passing background check bills. Presidential candidates are debating gun violence like never before. Please continue to help us to #HonorWithAction to #EndGunViolence and remember to vote for those who support common sense efforts to reduce gun violence.
Sincerely, Po Murray Chairman, Newtown Action Alliance
Speaking about gun violence in June, Clinton said, "The stakes are too high, the costs are too dear, and I am not and will not be afraid to keep fighting for common sense reforms and along with you, achieve those on behalf of all who have been lost because of this senseless gun violence in this country."
Americans for Responsible Solutions was founded by former Congresswoman and gun violence victim Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly. "Time and time again, Hillary has done and said what is right, not what is politically expedient. That's why we are supporting her for President of the United States," said Giffords.
“Hillary Clinton has been a national leader on gun violence prevention for decades," said Dan Gross, Executive Director of the Brady Campaign. "More than any candidate on either side of the aisle, she has the experience, record, and demonstrated commitment to help reach the Brady Campaign’s goal of cutting gun deaths in half by 2025."