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."
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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.