Wearing donated green hats to show solidarity with neighboring Newtown, the busloads of Westonites young and old are set to join thousands from across the state who are marching on the north steps of the state Capitol today, Thursday, Feb. 14, to demand stricter gun safety laws from state legislators.
In partnership with Fairfield-based Connecticut Against Gun Violence, the March for Change movement was initiated by two Fairfield parents in response to the killings of 26 first grade students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 14 — exactly two months ago today. Organizers said they formed a bipartisan grassroots coalition to urge state legislators to pass stricter “common sense” gun laws.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to address the crowd at 11 a.m., joined by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Attorney General George Jepsen.
The rally is expected to last until about 1 p.m.
“We are marching to give voice to the helpless targets and innocent bystanders of gun violence here in Connecticut and across our country,” said Dawn Egan, one of the Weston planning committee leaders. “We are not opposed to gun ownership, but are taking a stand against gun violence by advocating commonsense laws designed to keep assault weapons out of the wrong hands.”
League of Women Voters
Among those joining the march and encouraging others to do so are members of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, which coincidentally celebrates the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the national organization today.
“Our foremothers fought for the right to vote in order to have a voice in the government decisions that impacted them, their families and their communities. Ninety-three years later, we are continuing to speak out for sound public policy,” Cheryl Dunson, LWVCT president, said. “At the march, we will join with men and women across the state calling for sensible changes to gun laws to reduce gun violence in our state.”
Westonites who attend March for Change are encouraged to send pictures and/or brief accounts of their experience there to editor@theWestonForum.com. Information on the Feb. 14 rally is available at marchforchange.org.