Because of you, Connecticut prevailed. Together, we voted gun safety and WON!
With an election season dominated by the issue of gun violence prevention, Connecticut advocates of gun safety prevailed at every level. The ENOUGH Campaign is reaching out to you to let you know that YOU helped push the issue of gun violence prevention to the fore and helped elect true advocates for gun safety.
Of the 106 candidates who voted yes on CT's landmark gun safety bill (SB 1160) and were running for re-election, 100 were successful, with clear majorities in both chambers.
We also want to thank our social media champions for keeping the online conversation going strong. Our gun safety voice on Twitter, @enoughcampaign1, was multiplied tenfold by thousands of followers re-tweeting us and by teaming up with other strong online voices, such as @votegunsafety, @newtownaction, @momsdemand and more, to broadcast the immediate need for people to get out and cast their ballots with gun safety and gun violence prevention in mind.
The ENOUGH Campaign was Volunteers hold signs urging drivers to vote #GunSafety during October Visibility Event
thrilled to be a part of a bigger coalition of partners across Connecticut through Connecticut Voters for Gun Safety (CVGS), who led an unprecedented coalition, which also included the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, Gun Free Kids, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, March for Change, Million Mom March, Moms Demand Action, Newtown Action Alliance, Northwest Corner Against Gun Violence, Women on Watch, and of course the many supporters not affiliated with a group but compelled to engage in the issue by the tragedy of Sandy Hook.
CVGS Chairman, Ron Pinciaro, stated: "What happened in CT proves that you can vote for smart, strong, gun laws and win elections. Attempts at intimidation by the gun lobby do not work."
In sharp contrast to Democratic losses across the country, Connecticut overwhelmingly voted for gun safety. And in one of the most closely watched match-ups in Fairfield County, Caroline Simmons, Program Specialist at the Women's Business Development Council, defeated incumbent Mike Molgano to represent Stamford in the 144th district of the Connecticut House. Molgano was the only Fairfield County representative to vote against the landmark gun safety legislation. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, raises his arms over his head with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, left, and his wife Cathy Malloy, right, after speaking to supporters at his party's rally, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) "Last night's results were a welcome validation of our work for the last (almost) two years," said volunteer Wendy Skratt, referring to the tragedy of Sandy Hook on December 14, 2012. "But sadly, it is just the beginning. Let the satisfaction of this election result further steel [the community] in the fight ahead of us."
The ENOUGH Campaign's Shira Tarantino added, "While there is still a lot of work to be done, we've created a strong foundation in which to lift our state, and eventually our country, out of this incredibly devastating epidemic of gun violence, thanks to the voters of Connecticut, and to the volunteers who tirelessly supported gun safety candidates through their strength and perseverance. We believe that common sense will prevail, as it has here on Election Day."
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Photo above: President Obama speaks in Hartford, CT.
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