Target: Connecticut State Legislators
Goal: Implement stricter gun-control laws.
Following the horrific tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which twenty students and six teachers were shot and killed by a lone gunman, the controversy surrounding gun control and the right to bear arms as stated in the Second Amendment has only escalated in the past few months.
Recently, a rally was held at the Capitol Building in Hartford, Connecticut to help garner support for the passing of new legislation that would put tougher restrictions on the purchase of firearms. These restrictions would include but not be limited to more stringent universal background checks on potential buyers and would also more closely regulate the sale of ammunition and could even ban outright the sale of automatic weapons.
The number of people who attended the rally was estimated to be roughly 5,500 according to local police. The rally, which was organized by the grassroots organization March for Change, drew in many first-time activists and was even attended by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy as well as other members of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Many who attended the rally are well aware that their battle for stricter gun control legislation is an uphill one, especially with opponents like the NRA to contend with, but their resounding message that states: “We are Sandy Hook. We deserve change” is proof enough that they aren’t backing down no matter the opposition.
While there are many who doubt the rally’s long-term affect on Connecticut gun control legislation, attendees such as Jillian Soto, the sister of Victoria Soto who was one of the six teachers killed, and Nancy Lefkowitz, the mother of one of the children who was shot and one of the two founders of March for Change, made their unwillingness to sit idly by very clear.
In an interview held before the rally, Soto stated that: ‘It’s not about political parties or hidden agendas. It’s about life. And my life and the lives of so many are now changed forever because of what guns can do in the wrong hands.’’ When asked why she chose to hold the Valentine’s Day rally, Lefkowitz simply responded with: ‘‘We have reached a tipping point in Connecticut. Our hearts are broken.”
Dear Connecticut State Legislators,
In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, the need for stricter gun regulation laws has never been more important. Some may decry it as unconstitutional, but should the value of human life not be placed above all other priorities, even the right to bear arms?
The recent rally that was held in Hartford, Connecticut to help garner support for stricter gun control legislation was a step in the right direction but the battle for such legislation is only going to get harder before it gets any easier. By signing this petition, I am showing my support not only for the Hartford rally’s efforts, but also for tougher gun legislation that will, hopefully, prevent future cases of senseless gun violence.
I hope that every signature this petition earns will embolden you to pass this legislation and help contribute to the decline of gun violence not only in Connecticut but in the rest of the country as well.
[Your Name Here]