STAMFORD, CT - Mayor David Martin today joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national bipartisan coalition of mayors across the United States fighting for common-sense gun laws that will save lives by keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hands. The Mayor was joined by representatives from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, The ENOUGH Campaign, Newtown Action Alliance, Brady Campaign, Moms Demand Action, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, and Women on Watch.
The Enough Campaign co-organized Wednesday's event.
“Gun violence shakes the foundation of our community. It tears apart families and paralyzes our neighborhoods. It cannot be tolerated,” Martin said. “I stand here today to communicate a simple message: It is time to end gun violence. Enough is enough.”
Erica Lafferty, whose mother, Dawn Hochsprung, was killed in the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, spoke Wednesday on behalf of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and one of the first people killed when the gunman entered the building.
"I have seen gun violence tear apart families, tear apart schools, tear apart communities," Lafferty said. "My mom died in the front hall of her school trying to protect the staff and students she so dearly loved."
Members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns include Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in big cities and small towns alike. While their backgrounds may differ, on the issue of gun violence they are united for the sake of public safety. The coalition recently announced that it has joined forces with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – solidifying a nationwide movement of Americans working together to end gun violence.
At the announcement, Martin pledged to take a tough stand against illegal guns and gun violence. Since 2011, Stamford Police have seized over 1,300 weapons through a combination of strong enforcement and gun buybacks. As part of the City’s continuing efforts, Martin announced that the Stamford Police will be holding another gun buyback event on Saturday, March 29 at the West Side Substation.
Every day 33 Americans are killed by guns – Mayor Martin and his fellow coalition members are not willing to stand idly by. Mayors Against Illegal Guns has advocated for stronger gun laws in states and localities that are already keeping guns from dangerous hands.
The coalition has also called on Washington to take meaningful action to address the issue of gun violence in America, and they will continue to do so until progress is made. This includes:
At the announcement, Mayor Martin also urged residents to take action and get involved with one of the several organizations, such as The ENOUGH Campaign, working to end gun violence.
The ENOUGH Campaign formed in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, just days after the mass shooting. Since then, their story has been covered in multiple news outlets, gaining much attention to their mission and to the cause of gun violence prevention. "Taking a stand works. All voices matter. If we can do it, so can you," urged Wendy Skratt, spokesperson for The ENOUGH Campaign.
To volunteer for The ENOUGH Campaign, email them at theENOUGHcampaign@gmx.com.
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