Newtown families voice support for gun control

Newtown families on gun control“Newtown” is now synonymous with unimaginable tragedy. But many of the families who suffered through it call it something else,”12/14,” the December day that they lost a son, daughter, or wife when a dark young man with dark dreams awoke,
murdered his mother and drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Nearly four months later, just last week, Connecticut passed a gun control law that expands background checks and limits ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. Tomorrow, these families will push for the same in Washington. They believe that their only chance is to keep the resonance of that date ringing. Something else we noticed about “12/14,” add them together, and you get 26, the number of lives lost at Sandy Hook.

At the Newtown town hall we met seven families. They’re part of a group called Sandy Hook Promise which works for change and remembrance.

Read more at CBS

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28 Responses to Newtown families voice support for gun control

  1. NRA’s LaPierre “reminds me of the clowns at the circus,” Malloy says

    Gov. Dan Malloy, D-Conn., whose state was wracked by tragedy in December when a gunman killed 20 small children and six faculty members at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., slammed the National Rifle Association Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre “reminds me of the clowns at the circus – they get the most attention.”

    “This guy is so out of whack, it’s unbelievable,” Malloy said, saying the NRA simply will not compromise “on anything to do with guns.”

    Instead, Malloy said, the NRA is protecting “the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible – even if they’re deranged, mentally ill, a criminal background, they don’t care. They want to sell guns.”


    Gov Malloy, you’re much too kind. Wayne LaPierre is a deranged psycho who has no regard for human life. He is a disgrace to humanity.

  2. NEW YORK, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ESSENCE, the preeminent lifestyle
    magazine for African-American women, announces GUNS DOWN, its provocative
    three-part series aimed at making our communities safer. The first installment
    of the series, Loss & Hope, kicks off in the May issue (on newsstands now.) It
    features the families of two Black children cut down by guns: Ana
    Marquez-Greene, a 6 year-old killed in a hail of bullets during the Newtown,
    CT, tragedy; and Hadiya Zaymara Pendleton, a 15-year-old casualty of gang
    violence who was gunned down in her Chicago neighborhood a little more than a
    week after she had performed at the presidential inauguration.

    Writer asha bandele shares a poignant tale of how the families of these young
    victims are searching for a deeper meaning behind their deaths. Nelba
    Marquez-Greene, mother of Ana, shares in her interview with ESSENCE: “I’m
    frustrated by the lack of meaningful action on gun violence. When people look
    back on this time, 100 years from now, will they be able to say we stood on the
    right side of history? Will they be able to say that we did all we needed to do
    to make our communities whole and safe? Everyone will hold all these lawmakers
    accountable if nothing is done…”

    This series also kicks off ESSENCE’s campaign to galvanize millions of
    African-American women across the nation-from readers to influencers and
    celebrities-to join in the fight against gun violence. The May issue features,
    “Dear Mr. President,” a pre-written letter to President Barack Obama that
    readers can cut out and mail directly to the White House expressing support of
    the President’s initiatives to curb gun violence-including restrictions on
    assault weapons, strengthening mental health care for young people, funding
    research on the causes and prevention of gun violence and more. ESSENCE also
    asks readers to spread awareness via social media by sending a Tweet with a
    picture of their signed letters with the hashtag #EsssenceGunsDown to show
    their support.

  3. “In my heart, I knew what the back room meant…”

  4. Ametia says:

    Where Do Your Senators Stand on Gun Reform?

    The Senate will vote on gun reform any day now. Can you make a short call that will help guide our strategy and keep the pressure on?

    Call your Senators today and ask them if they support common sense measures to end gun violence in America.

  5. Ametia says:

    SG2, thank you so much for posting this threadLord have MERCY. As a parent, watching this last night was just gut-wrenching, yet awe-inspiring. I can’t even imagine sitting before a camera talking about that ‘BACKROOM” I need extra KLEENEX.

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  26. No more gun sales where semiautomatic used in Sandy Hook shooting was bought

    The Riverview Gun Sales shop in East Windsor, Connecticut, is still open but no longer sells guns.

    The Riverview Gun Sales shop in East Windsor, Connecticut, is still open but no longer sells guns.

    (CNN) — A Connecticut store that sold a gun used to kill 26 people last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School no longer can legally sell firearms.

    Debora Seifert, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told CNN on Friday the Riverview Gun Sales shop in East Windsor, Connecticut, lost its federal firearms license December 20 — six days after the massacre about 65 miles southwest in Newtown.

    That day, after killing his mother in their Newtown home, Adam Lanza drove to the elementary school and shot dead 20 young children and six adults using a semiautomatic Bushmaster .223-caliber model XM15 rifle.

    The shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza, bought the Bushmaster firearm two years ago at Riverview Gun Sales, according to Detective Matthew Carl of the East Windsor Police Department.

    The ATF spokeswoman did not comment on why the store’s license was revoked, including if it had anything to do with the Newtown rampage.

    But Carl said “probably the reason the ATF raided the store on December 20 was for poor keeping of the records.”

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