Next Sunday is the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre. Since then, more than 60,000 people have died in America from gunshot wounds. By December next year, if nothing changes, that number will be 90,000.
Shouldn't we be ashamed of this toll gun violence takes? How can we let 30,000 gun deaths a year become an accepted American norm?
Since the tragedy at Newtown, more and more Americans are saying we can't.
The second annual National Vigil to End Gun Violence, a vigil for all gun violence victims, including 60 percent with self-inflicted wounds, will take place Thursday in Washington, D.C. It's sponsored by the Newtown Foundation, in partnership with States United to Prevent Gun Violence and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, as well as the Washington National Cathedral in which the vigil is held.
Local vigils are also planned throughout the United States.
Our local vigil -- the Stamford Vigil of Hope -- is Thursday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in front of Stamford's Ferguson Library. The Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence (GCAGV) joins the ENOUGH Campaign and the Southwestern Connecticut Chapter of the national gun violence prevention Brady Campaign in sponsoring the gathering.