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VIDEO: Thousands ‘March for Change’ to Connecticut’s Gun Laws

As thousands rallied at the state Capitol 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 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of 26 people, thousands 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, including many from Newtown. Busses of Newtown residents left in the morning to take residents to the rally.

"It was a very peaceful demonstration -- just a warm, but spirited gathering," said Newtown resident Desiree Lee, who rode one of those busses. "I was surprised by all the influential people, and saddened by all the [people] who lost family members to gun violence."

David Stowe, with Newtown Action Alliance, has been in contact with CT Against Gun Violence. He said he saw the rally as a step in the right direction.

"It was nice to see both Democrat and Republican there," he said. "Everyone's trying to work together to heal the community through things like this."

But Patch wanted to know the answer to one question:

What brought you to Hartford?

Lisa February 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM
I wish Newtown would please explain how to prevent this... http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/13/miami-dad-dies-protecting-daughter-11-during-home-invasion/?test=latestnews#ixzz2Ksrk7xU7
Peter Romersa February 15, 2013 at 01:48 PM
We need to change the laws today! Hopefully the lawmakers inside the building will hard heard us!
WaxyGordon February 15, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Focus on the root cause..Mental Illness. Its the 800 lb gorilla that no one wants to address. We cannot label anyone, we cannot offend anyone...we must be politically correct at all times....That is what is causing all of our problems in today's society.
Paul Alexander February 15, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Good people are starting to fight back. “Olympic Arms to Cuomo: Repeal Ban and Apologize or No Business with NY” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/02/14/Olympic-Arms-To-Gov-Cuomo-No-Business-With-NY-Till-You-Repeal-And-Apologize
Michael Cragin February 15, 2013 at 05:07 PM
stop the madness.....use common sense........ban the war machines...their clips....their ammo....no different than how we banned hand grenades.......public does not need them....take a popular vote accross america....if vote to ban them wins....they get banned........if they dont win...you can keep your Sandy Hook weaponry
Greg Burns February 15, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Michael we do have a constitution THAT GIVE US THE RIGHT TO PROTECT OURSELVES! If some believe the police can do it they should pay closer attention to the daily news. We have people running around out there among us who are predators, criminals as well as nut cases who WILL GET ANY GUN THEY CAN PAY FOR IN THE STREETS. That will not change. There are clear indications that we can expect violence in America to increase. The need for citizen armed defense will become significantly greater than it is now. You will be witnessing that in the next few years and it will become even more clear to people they are not safe no matter where they live and the police CAN NOT protect them. Now then there may be more cries like your's to disarm all citizens so that ONLY criminals and nuts have guns. That would result in a blood bath accross our nation beyound your imagination. People speak of saving 11,000 people murdered by guns a year, half among criminals. However, not many recognize the tens of thousands, likely hundreds of thousands of citizens saved from serious injury or death each year by defending themselves with a gun. We hear little about that from our liberal press because it does not conform to their bias and the the lies that support concerning gun ownership. I do approve of common sense policies concerning firearms but not from hysteria, ignorance and kneejerk reactions like yours.
WaxyGordon February 15, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Michael....When in this country were hand grenades ever legal to purchase by the general public?
Thomas Crafts February 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM
But people have them, now don't they.
Thomas Crafts February 15, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Looks like dozens attended.
Jedi Jethro February 15, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Jeez man. You speak of blood baths in the streets and then accuse someone else of hysteria, ignorance and kneejerk reactions. No one is crying to disarm all citizens. Measures to combat gun violence by addressing both the guns (only those designed for maximum body counts) and the Violence (Mental Health) is what most responsible gun owners support.
Jeff February 16, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.
Liz Sortino February 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Has the media really freaked ya'll out that much or are ya'll just fear-mongering. See, we have already had the worst nightmare happen in our town, so fear-mongering won't work here.
taxpayer February 16, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Agreed. Where is the outcry for proper care for our teens and children that are suffering from depression and other mental illnesses? The guns may be the weapon of choice (and believe me they will find some other way) but the CAUSE, the ROOT of the problem is we have children who need help and no one is addressing their needs. Just wasting money (that could be used for programs) on all of this band aid nonsense. We have a gushing wound here and these people are using bandaids.
taxpayer February 16, 2013 at 01:25 AM
The public doesn't NEED a lot of things but it is their RIGHT to have them. Where is the outcry for proper care for our teens and children that are suffering from depression and other mental illnesses? The guns may be the weapon of choice (and believe me they will find some other way) but the CAUSE, the ROOT of the problem is we have children who need help and no one is addressing their needs. Just wasting money (that could be used for programs) on all of this band aid nonsense. We have a gushing wound here and these people are using bandaids.
taxpayer February 16, 2013 at 01:28 AM
I would love to see PATCH do a story on The Battle of Athens. Aug 17, 1946 http://constitution.org/mil/tn/batathen.htm Learn why we need to continue to protect our rights, especially the 2nd amendment.
Jedi Jethro February 16, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Greg, I share your concern about predators, criminals and nut cases out to get guns on the streets. The common ground here is a desire to keep guns out of the hands of the nut jobs. It's a goal that has to address both the guns (only the ones designed specifically for high body counts) and the violence (mental health). I get that you feel like regulations won't work, but as long as responsible gun owners get to keep their guns, why not give it a shot? The worst that could happen is things don't change. The best could be the life of someone you love is saved.
George S February 16, 2013 at 05:41 AM
There is nothing in the 2nd Amendment that forbids universal background checks. And there is nothing in the 2nd Amendment that forbids banning exceptionally lethal and dangerous weapons. You can't legally buy a machine gun or a surface-to-air missile, even though they are types of "arms".
Michael Cragin February 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM
not DISARM........keep alllllllll your guns....except war machines.......shoot your predators with a 9mm...........ban the death machines........absolutly no need for such insanity in public
Lisa February 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM
This anti-gun-confiscation-Constitutional attack agenda is evil, and Sandy Hook is leading the way. The disgusting display of fund raising, preferential town specific public hearing, trips, awards, bussed in rallies, green ribbon wearing congress members, memorials, teddy bears, promises, Washington puppets... and on and on... American citizens attacking their fellow Americans and lobbying to disarm their neighbors. I know this will not get published here on the Patch... but I'll not be silenced. Know this, many will not say it, for fear of being "insensitive", but there are so many who agree...
Thomas Crafts February 16, 2013 at 03:08 PM
"Our task of creating a Socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed." Sarah Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control Inc.Source: The National Educator, January 1994, Pg.3
WaxyGordon February 16, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Taxpayer..I have seen this and it is exactly why we need to keep our guns. Anyone who thinks that this cannot happen again is a fool. I never thought the horror of 12/14/12 could ever happen in Newtown...but it did.
WaxyGordon February 16, 2013 at 04:07 PM
I would sadly bet that there are 10,000 more Adam Lanza's in this country sitting in there homes stewing over something. MENTAL HEALTH needs to be addressed first and foremost. If they can't get a gun, they will use a car, a can of gasoline, a machete.
WaxyGordon February 16, 2013 at 04:13 PM
I have seen this piece on the Battle of Athens...everyone in this country should watch it.
WaxyGordon February 16, 2013 at 04:14 PM
But they aren't getting them from Cabela's or Wal-Mart
Jeff February 16, 2013 at 04:59 PM
The man who is leading the Presidents gun task force Mis-speaking or just to honest? Admits gun control will not stop mass shootings. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTyoppK_aDM CNN News- 1:05 He will be in Danbury this weekend. You can bet he won't repeat this. He and other politicians tell you whatever you wish to hear. When you think about it, they have picked the easiest action, NOT A SOLUTION. Lets make all the law abiding citizens register, background checks, restrictions on magazine capacity, throw in some restrictions on cosmetic features. Yes, we know it will do little. Of course criminals will ignore, but who can say we didn't take action? Politicians have many friends in Hollywood. Big Pharma has big pockets. Do those of us with common sense wonder why those two areas have faded from the conversation? Was getting tough with crime even ever a part of the conversation?
Jeff February 16, 2013 at 05:18 PM
@ george - The second amendment protects the kinds of arms "IN COMMON USE". Those that continually say you can't have tanks, F-16's, grenades and now surface to air missles really dumb down the conversation. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with the Bill of Rights and other current legal decisions pertaining to such.
chick45 February 16, 2013 at 11:52 PM
If the father had a gun he could have saved himself and his family.
Mom of two February 17, 2013 at 02:46 PM
That's the whole point, Lisa, to try and keep the guns out of the criminals hands. Get it now?
Mom of two February 17, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Haha, Thomas, nice try. Don't get too scared now.
Paul Alexander February 18, 2013 at 04:02 PM
EXACTLY ! ! ! And First Selectman Pat Llodra is enabling ALL of it.

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