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."
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