Rally in Hartford on February 14, 2013 to Demand Safer Gun Laws

Rally in Hartford on February 14, 2013 to Demand Safer Gun Laws


March For Change is a bi-partisan, action-driven grassroots effort started by two Fairfield County area moms, Nancy Lefkowitz and Meg Staunton, following the December 14th shootings in Newtown, CT.  The mission of March For Change is the enactment of safer gun legislation in Connecticut. To that end, March for Change has partnered with Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV), a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to reducing gun violence through public education and legislative advocacy in Connecticut since 1993  

On February 14, 2013 at 11AM, March For Change will hold a Rally at the Capitol in Hartford as a show of support for common sense gun laws in Connecticut, including a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Madison residents, Francine Larson and Ann Marino, have volunteered to organize a bus/buses from Madison to Hartford on February 14th to attend the Rally.  Time is of the essence if Madison is to be represented.  If you would like to go by bus, you must RSVP to Francine at francinelarson26@gmail.com by Thursday January 17, 2013. 

Approximately 48 persons are required to reserve a bus.  The cost is $26.00 per person round trip.  Payment will be made online prior to the trip.  Information regarding payment will be provided once a bus/buses have been reserved. 

March For Change is hoping their movement will spread town by town across Connecticut mobilizing citizens to participate in its mission.  They urge all who are interested to:  1.  Sign a petition at www.demandaplan.org; 2.  Call the White House to demand a change in the gun laws at the national level; 3.  Attend the Rally in Hartford on February 14, 2013 to demand Connecticut lawmakers pass comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation; and 4.  Register at www.marchforchange.org to keep informed and participate. 

Change the Conversation.  Change the Culture.  Change the Law.

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Pem McNerney (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 08:25 PM
The bus is intended for people who plan to attend the rally in support of gun control.
Fred January 10, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Is there a bus for people who plan to attend a rally in support of preserving our Constitutional rights?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 08:38 PM
You are welcome to rent your own bus. The question has been asked and answered. Enough with it.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Comments are being moderated, so there may be some delay in their appearance on the site.
Robert Bracer January 10, 2013 at 11:57 PM
The situation is that the "unhinged' gun nuts think that thier 2nd ammendment rights are being taken away. The ability to purchase certain weapons is being more strictly monitored. Even the pro gun people should want toys like tose to be a little more difficult for all the "bad guys", right?
Fred January 11, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Does Patch sponsor or endorse this bus and rally, or is it only reporting?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Patch did not sponsor, or endorse the bus and rally. At this point, I have not reported on it either. I don't know if other Patch reporters have. The organizers took advantage of Patch's community column to share this news. They wrote the story and shared it with Patch readers. Having said that, I do admire the organizers for engaging in civil debate on a very important issue, and trying to effect change on an issue of importance to them, and I appreciate that they shared the news with our Patch readers. People on both sides of this debate are welcome to use Patch to do the same, as long as it is done in a civil manner, they abide by the terms of use, and they do so in a way that is respectful of others on the site.
Jay D January 11, 2013 at 08:30 PM
If we were to set up a bus trip for gun supporters, would you allow that article? Pem, are you for gun control or gun rights, so we know if you will delete our comments or keep them?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 08:57 PM
If someone were to set up a bus trip for gun supporters, I would allow that on our blogs and encourage that person to post it. I am for gun control and gun rights in balance. Gun owners' desire to have fun and sport needs to be balanced with common sense guidelines and rules. People who live in a community need to be cognizant of and respectful of others' safety at all times. Like many others, I think that recent events in Newtown and other communities require a re-evaluation of our current attitudes towards and laws about guns, mental health, and how communities can support and encourage connections that might provide support during difficult times like these. Comments that are on topic, that don't attack or threaten or harass other Patch participants, and that don't otherwise violate our terms of use are welcome.
Fred January 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM
1. Many gun owners have no desire to engage fun and sport. Many keep a firearm for protection, e.g., women who are being stalked. 2. I am for freedom of the press and accuracy in reporting in balance. The media’s desire to scoop sensational stories needs to be balanced with common sense guidelines and rules regarding accuracy in reporting. People who live in a community need to be cognizant of and respectful of others' reputations at all times. Like many others, I think that recent events require a re-evaluation of our current attitudes towards freedom of the press.
Julia January 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Well have 50,000 when that rally happens Fred lol
Julia January 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Well Robert, since Rep Ed Meyers just proposed a new gun law that would limit EVERY legal gun to just one round making 99 % of all guns illegal ( and their law abiding owners) Id say their concern was more than justified wouldnt you? Evidently the 2nd amendment dosent matter to a United States lawmaker which is disturbing
Mary January 12, 2013 at 10:07 PM
You and Sen Ed Meyer are the ones that seem to be unhinged Robert. Our own Senator Ed Meyers wants to ban ALL GUNS in this state. He just introduced legislation to do that. So EVERYONE in this state that has any gun other than a flintlock would be an instant felon. Not just those mean scary looking ones (that are no different than any other gun by the way). So yea law abiding gun owners that havent bothered anyone tend to get concerned when supposedly rational elected officials propose unconstitutional and outrageously extremist legislation that would confiscate millions upon millions of dollars of private property and turn 30 to 40 percent of the state into instant criminals. That is the real "situation" there Robert. Know the facts before you put your worthless 2 cents in. Gun owners will have their own rally soon and you will see the real voice of the people tired of being blamed for the actions of a madman and soft on criminal politicians and judges.
Joe Fay January 13, 2013 at 02:03 AM
No offense, but you either support the constitution as it is written or you don't. I respect those that choose to not exercise their rights under the second amendment. If citizens want to change the second amendment, propose amending the constitution the correct and legal way.
Jay D January 16, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Please attend the "Pro 2nd Amendment Rally" at our State Capitol Building 1-19-13 at Noon!!!! We must be heard!! The time is now!! Lets show the world that even in CT, home to Sandy Hook, that we are still united standing for our 2nd Amendment rights!
Wilma Sutherland January 17, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Criminals are criminals and will always have access to 'toys like tose'... Make a law -- they are not affected. Drugs and Drunk Driving are illegal -- does it happen still?


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