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  • Listening To Reasonable Voices

    To the Editor:

    In January 2013, the state’s general assembly, in response to the Sandy Hook School tragedy, formed a Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety to explore solutions. Many of us urged the task force to support passage of common sense gun legislation that would better protect Connecticut citizens from gun violence.

  • Jr NAA Slates Youth Leadership Summit

    The Jr Newtown Action Alliance will hold a one-day youth leadership summit on gun violence prevention on Saturday, May 24, at Newtown High School for students middle school through college age. Programs will be presented in the high school’s cafeteria and Lecture Hall from 9 am until 6 pm. 

    The summit will explore issues surrounding the epidemic of gun violence, encourage youth to find their voices and use the power of their voices to inspire change, according to Jr NAA.

  • Team 26 Arrives In D.C.

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Riding 400 miles from Newtown, 26 bicyclists hoping to change the nation’s gun laws faced some strong headwinds on their way to Washington, D.C. When they reached the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, they faced even more — of the political kind.

    It’s been nearly a year since a bill that would increase FBI background checks on gun buyers failed to clear a 60-vote threshold in the Senate. The House has not taken up any gun control legislation and doesn’t seem inclined to do so.

  • Team 26 Departs For DC

    Team 26 members and supporters gathered on the steps of Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, March 8, before embarking on a 400-mile journey— the 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (SHROW)— to show how diverse communities across the nation have one common goal: make streets safer and put an end to the gun-violence epidemic.

  • Team 26 Departure To DC Is March 8; Kick-Off Rally Moved To Edmond Town Hall

    Gun violence touches all ethnicities and socioeconomic group. The push for more sensible gun safety legislation has helped to unify communities that would appear to have little in common. On Saturday, March 8, at 8 am, a group of cyclists known as Team 26 will embark on a 400-mile journey — the 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride On Washington (SHROW) — departing from Edmond Town Hall to show how diverse communities across the nation have one common goal: make streets safer and put an end to the gun-violence epidemic.

  • Team 26 To Ride Again Honoring Gun Victims, Supporting Prevention

    Sandy Hook resident and world class cyclist Monte Frank will be coordinating a second ride from Sandy Hook to Washington featuring Team 26 — a group of similarly motivated riders looking to honor Newtown’s and all victims of gun violence, support stronger gun violence prevention laws and to spread a message of peace, hope and love.

    According to Mr Frank, also a local attorney, the ride will depart Newtown on March 8. The public is invited to help send off the cyclists at an 8 am ceremony at Edmond Town Hall on Main Street.

  • Gun Control Activists Shift Tactics

    WASHINGTON – With Congress opposed to even the most modest efforts at gun control, activists are pressing a sympathetic White House to make gun ownership a public health and safety issue, and they're lobbying the Obama administration to pour money into public information campaigns and gun research.

    Some groups contacted did not want  to discuss details of their lobbying strategy.

  • Some Disturbing Trends In Gun Violence

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  • Nickel Mines Amish Group Quietly Visits Newtown

    Nearly three dozen residents from the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Penn., were in Newtown last Friday. The group spent about nine hours in town, offering support from an unfortunate point of view. These were people who were also affected by an act of violence that took the lives of five children while they were at school. The incident has forever put the name Nickel Mines into a category that Sandy Hook joined 13 months ago, that of communities rocked by gun violence.