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Llodra: 'Guns Save Lives Day' on 12/14 is 'Insensitive Timing'

Newtown's First Selectman has responded to reports that gun rights organizations are planning to use Dec. 14, 2013 as a day of support for guns.

Three gun rights organizations — the Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and DefendGunRights.com — announced Thursday they would sponsor the day on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 

First Selectman Pat Llodra says she respects their opinions, but asks the organizations not to use Newtown to host rallies.

"For this group to use our Sandy Hook tragedy as a springboard for political action is disrespectful to our community of Newtown and is of particularly insensitive timing," said Llodra in a statement released Friday.

"I respect their right to promote their beliefs regarding guns. I ask that they respect our community and not use us for their purposes. We will not host a political rally of any stripe on that day and we hope that all such inclined persons understand that they and their agenda are not welcome. We ask for privacy and expect that all caring folks, including the media, will accommodate us. Those persons, who choose to not accede to our request to be left alone, show the world their own moral and ethical fiber."

Gun rights groups say they're planning the campaign to counteract "what certainly will be a day of activism and misinformation from the gun prohibition lobby," according to DefendGunRights.com founder Larry Ward.

"Americans are concerned about attempts to erode their gun ownership rights, and for good reason," said Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. “Our mission with Guns Save Lives Day is to assure them our groups are working day and night to thwart government gun-grabbers at every opportunity. We are going to show America that there is a good side to guns."

The organizations have launched a website, GunsSaveLivesDay.com, and say they plan rallies in all 50 states on Dec. 14. 
Tom Yeager October 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM
As a resident of Virginia I would like to commend and congratulate Connecticut for enacting the toughest gun control laws in the nation after the Sandy Hook tragedy.......Unfortunately many years after our own mass shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech-our gun control laws are still swiss cheese and baloney.......Our state legislature remains full of NRA hand puppets and Virginia remains the capital of illegal gun trafficking........Virginia has many things to be proud of-but our illegal and immoral gun trafficking to other states is a shame on us all........I wish the wonderful people of Newtown every moment of happiness you can possibly have.......You have all tried so hard to show other states and our Congress that our lack of national gun control is just as cold and crazy as the killers themselves.....Thank you for your past and future efforts to that effect.......
Alex S October 17, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Gun control stopped Adam Lanza from buying a legal gun, Tom Yeager. Or haven't you been paying attention? The guns he used were stolen. No law created can stop theft. As to Virginia being the "capital of illegal gun trafficking", prove it. Show us the reports from the FBI, ATF, CIA, whomever. Stick to Virginia, Tom. Those of us who live in CT are dealing with our own messes, thanks anyway.

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