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Stamford Advocate: Stamford vigil remembers gun victims, calls for change
By Ignacio Laguarda - Updated 6:50 am EST, Thursday, December 20, 2018
STAMFORD — Archie Elam has witnessed gun violence up close, and his message to those who attended an anti-gun violence vigil on Wednesday in Stamford was that there’s no glory in firearms.
“There is nothing glorious about a gun. Nothing,” said Elam, a West Point graduate and Gulf War veteran. “We need to challenge the notion that holding a gun brings you power … it brings you dates with the fairer sex, it brings you recognition. It does none of those things.”
Elam was one of a handful of speakers at the Bethel AME Church on the West Side during the “Vigil of Hope,” organized by the ENOUGH Campaign, a Stamford gun violence prevention civic action group.
Shira Tarantino, co-founder of the group, said the vigil had previously been held in downtown, but she decided to move it to Stamford’s West Side because both gun-related deaths in the city this year occurred in the neighborhood.
Antonio Robinson, 18, a former co-captain of the Stamford High School football team, was killed over the summer. Marcus Hall, 16, a Westhill High School student, spent two nights in the hospital in critical condition from a gunshot wound before he died Sept. 24 after the family took him off life support.
Tarantino said 2018 has been a “really hard year for Stamford.”
“The ENOUGH campaign is really concerned about the two gun deaths that happened, both young boys, both from the West Side,” she said. The West Side of Stamford has the highest rates of gun incidents in the city.
The ENOUGH Campaign holds the annual vigil in commemoration of the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, and to remember those shot and killed this year in Stamford.
On Wednesday, community leaders spoke of honoring those who have died of gun violence, but also of creating legislation to curb the gun epidemic.
Jeremy Ian Stein, executive director of CT Against Gun Violence, said his organization is working to help pass “sensible gun laws,” such as a safe storage protection law that would require both loaded and unloaded firearms be properly stored if a minor is likely to gain access to them.
Currently, only loaded guns must be stored properly. The bill would also raise the age of minors from under 16 to 18.
“We need to do something about the plague that is gun violence,” Stein said.
The Stamford Vigil of Hope to End Gun Violence is one of nearly 350 local vigils and events in 41 states around the nation organized by the Newtown Action Alliance.
STAMFORD, Conn. — Hours after Gov. Dannel Malloy announced he would ban the sale of guns to buyers on government watchlists , the ENOUGH Campaign held its third yearly vigil for victims of gun violence.
Wendy Skratt was among the campaign members who gathered Thursday evening on the plaza in front of the Old Town Hall in Stamford, holding a candle in memory of those who had died due to gun violence.
“I always get a little down on the days of the vigil,” she said. “It’s heavy dealing with the pain that people who have lost loved ones to gun violence deal with every day.”
But she felt better after hearing Malloy’s announcement, which she said was “incredibly uplifting.”
Still, Skratt said it’s too easy for those on the fringe “to take lethal action.”
The nation has been riveted by gun violence in recent weeks after the deadly shootings at a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado Springs and at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif.
This year, there has been one mass shooting per day in the nation, according to the group, which defines a mass shooting as four or more people shot in one incident. Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly three years ago, where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed, 90,000 people have died due to gun violence, according to the campaign.
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, which is dedicated to reversing the escalating gun violence epidemic in this nation. The alliance held a vigil on Capitol Hill on Wednesday evening with survivors and families of victims of gun violence in a call for smarter, safer gun laws and broader cultural change.
It is these events that remember lives lost to gun violence and supporting survivors.
“We are collectively creating light out of darkness,” organizer Marn| Amse||em said atop the stairs lined with white luminaries. “There is power just in coming together. Just look around you: I can see it from up here."
Read the accompanying article: Malloy: No gun sales for people on terror watch list
STAMFORD — There will be more to mourn this year, again.
A vigil to honor those who lost their lives to gun violence in America will be held on the steps of Old Town Hall on Atlantic Street from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Enough Campaign is holding its third annual vigil in Stamford, one of 269 such events to be held in 39 states that are being organized by the Newtown Action Alliance.
The Thursday vigils follow one held Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The organizations participating in this year’s observance of the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting say they represent more than 25 million Americans who support common-sense gun laws that are proven to reduce the rate of gun violence, according to a press release from The Enough Campaign.
Since the slaughter in Newtown in December 2012, approximately 90,000 lives have been cut short due gun violence, including the recent attacks in San Bernardino and Colorado Springs, the release said.
In Stamford, members of the community will light candles to honor all victims of gun violence while survivors and family members of victims will talk about the lifelong pain it creates. Scheduled speakers include gun violence survivor Terri Hicks; a Westhill High School student who is a member of Future 5; Dana Horowitz, an Enough Campaign volunteer who lost her father to gun violence as a teenager; and Marni Amsellem, who will speak about the emotional affects of violence.
Jonathan Perloe, a leader of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence and president of the Southwestern Connecticut chapter of the Brady Campaign said, “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.”
In early November, gun violence claimed the life of Maxine Gooden, 43, who was selling her Jamaican food at Lione Park when a man settling score began indiscriminately firing a semiautomatic handgun in the park.
Since then, two men have been shot in Stamford, but survived their injuries, and two other shootings had police scrambling on the West Side. Three Stamford men have been charged in Gooden’s murder.
Photo above: A memorial for Maxine Gooden sits in Lione Park on Nov. 4, 2015. A vigil to honor those affected by gun violence will be held in Stamford and other cities Thursday night.
Stamford Daily Voice - STAMFORD, Conn. - On the steps of Old Town Hall in Stamford, the ENOUGH Campaign will have its third annual vigil Thursday to honor the lives lost to gun violence across the country.
The vigil will take place on the steps of the Old Town Hall, 175 Atlantic St. from 5:30-7 p.m. The ENOUGH Campaign will be joined by the Greenwich Council against Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign Southwestern CT Chapter.
The vigil is one of more than 265 local vigils and events in 39 states around the nation organized by the Newtown Action Alliance.
“Empathy is a key to reducing the prevalence of violence. The Stamford Vigil demonstrates and cultivates the spirit of empathy in our community," said Shira Tarantino, a leader of The ENOUGH Campaign.
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, the groups said.
“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,” said Jonathan Perloe, leader of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence and President of the Southwestern CT chapter of the Brady Campaign,
The organizers expect a large turnout in light of the recent mass shootings in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino the past few weeks.
Dress suitably as the event will be held outdoors.
Attendees are asked to honor with action the 60,000 Americans lost to gun violence since the Newtown tragedy
Stamford Vigil of Hope Pays Tribute to Gun Violence Victims
From The Hour:
""They need to understand that Tom Foley is not the man for the job, that Dan Malloy is because he is a very, very strong supporter of gun safety in Connecticut," said Shira Tarantino, a volunteer and board member of The Enough Campaign. based in Stamford.
Tarantino said her organization was trying to make people understand that they need to vote on Nov. 4 and have their voices heard.
"Connecticut is one of the safest states in the nation, and we'd like to keep it that way," she said.
From CT Now:
"Also present among the sea of Republicans Tuesday evening were dozens of gun control advocates, who lined the street to protest Christie's visit. Earlier this year, Christie vetoed a high-capacity ammunition magazine bill in the New Jersey legislature, and described the policy as "trivial."
"My life is not trivial," one protester yelled loudly as people flowed out of the diner. Po Murray, the co-founder of Newtown Action Alliance, said, "It says a lot … Foley aligning himself with Christie."
From Stamford Patch.com:
“Gun policy is one of the top concerns for CT voters in the upcoming election. We’re here today because we want the public to know where the candidates stand on gun safety measures so they can cast informed votes on November 4.”
"Gathered in front of Curley’s Diner, at least three dozen anti-gun violence protesters congregated, bearing hand-painted signs that called out both Christie and Foley’s positions on guns, focusing on high-capacity magazines banned in Connecticut in the wake of the Newtown shooting that left 20 primary school children slain. After the December 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, Connecticut passed gun laws in April 2013 that are among the most restrictive in the country."
From Politicker NJ:
"There were also the protesters -- dozens of them lining the sidewalk across the street, touting signs saying "Enough Gun Violence" and blasting the conservatives for their staunch positions against gun reform at a time when the country still reels from mass shootings like the one that took place in Newtown last year."