STAMFORD — Democratic mayoral candidate David Martin toured Stamford’s police department Monday with District 146 state Rep. Gerry Fox and Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

Martin, who serves on the Stamford Police Foundation’s board of directors, pledged to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns if elected. Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, who is not running for reelection, joined the coalition shortly after the Dec. 14 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

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One of the phrases repeated often by advocates of stricter gun laws since the Dec. 14 Newtown school massacre has been: “If not now, when?”

That rhetorical question became a literal one Wednesday when a federal gun-control bill crashed and burned in the U.S. Senate after months of elevated hopes by Democrats, based on a national surge of emotion at the murders of 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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STAMFORD — Betsy Stone spent three days volunteering as a psychologist in Newtown after the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an experience she said left her feeling “helpless” until she decided to join the fight for stricter gun control and expanded mental health services in Connecticut.

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