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VIDEO: Hundreds ‘March for Change’ to Connecticut’s Gun Laws at Capitol

As hundreds rallied in Hartford for tougher gun laws, Patch was on hand to find out what brought people to the March for Change on Thursday.

 

On the two-month anniversary of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that claimed the lives of 26 people, hundreds gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in Hartford Thursday to advocate for changes to Connecticut’s gun laws.

The event, known as the March for Change, was organized by CT Against Gun Violence and included remarks by politicians, musicians, faith leaders and gun violence survivors and family members of others whose lives were cut short by gun violence, including several from the Sandy Hook shootings.

People came from all over Connecticut to be heard and express their views on the controversial subject of gun control, but Patch wanted to know the answer to one simple question:

What brought you here today? 

 


John sinders February 15, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Why not say hundreds march to destroy the second amendment of the constitution . Lets try to understand that taking guns away from the responsible people is not going to solve the gun problem only make it worse. Look at any country with gun controls the criminals still possess guns. In our case that would be the politicos. The helpless population will become victims. The government has screwed up every major program it has had control of . And is currently spending more money than it is taking in. We r printing our own money to pay our own Debt. I am sorry and understand how simple it sounds just take the guns away and we will all be safe. The criminal element and politicians will still have access . Who in the right mind would tip the balance of power in there two groups of people's direction ?
Jerry February 15, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Reasonable regulation, in no way, shape or form, is an attempt to eliminate the second amendment. You are buying into the fearmongering being spread by the NRA. Simply put, there is no move afoot seeking such elimination. It exists only in your mind and others of a similar mindset.
KEV February 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Reasonable regulation, in no way, shape of form, will keep criminals from obtaining guns.
Jerry February 16, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Kev, you are partially correct. However, as a reasonable man, you must agree that reasonable regulations will prevent some criminals from obtaining guns. Common sense would indicate if even a relatively small number of criminals are prevented from getting guns society as a whole is safer and benefits.
KEV February 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Jerry, on the surface that would seem correct, however, the fact is that places with the most strict gun laws, such as Chicago and DC, there is a much higher rate of gun crime than places with little to no gun laws. I know that seems strange, but that is how it works.
Howard March 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I feel really bad about Newtown. But one must remember that it was the man not the gun. I think I understand the feelings of some of the Newtown parents. I suspect were I in that situation I might have similar thoughts. However, the issues go far beyond what is currently being debated in the CGA. I think that some of the parents, caught up in grief are forgetting what country they live in and what the Constitution is all about. Others were probably anti-gun before the incident. I notice that the politicians are very selective about which Newtown parents they use for their public appearances. I must point out that pistol permit application in Newtown are almost twice what they were last year. What does that mean? The point I want to make is the our governor and at least some the senior democrats in the CGA are using the Newtown incident for two purposes. One purpose is to get re-elected to extend their political career possibly to the federal level. The second purpose in to circumvent Article First, Sections 7 and 15 of the state constitution in order control the citizenry and to eliminate potential resistance to oppressive actions such as disarming the populace ala Hew Orlleans (check the statutes) or during civil unrest.

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