Last year in CT someone was murdered with a gun, on average, once every three days. More than half of the killings occurred in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven alone.
We’re seeing a level of gun homicide not seen in 25 years. It’s a public health crisis that won’t go away unless the state invests more to save lives.
That’s why we’re calling on you to join us at the State Capitol on February 14 for the Valentine’s Day Rally to End Community Gun Violence. We chose this day to share in the grief of the families and friends of victims of everyday gun violence.
Please RSVP here https://forms.gle/spjupQeXrRyjJfGh6 for the Valentine’s Day Rally to End Community Gun Violence in Hartford (please be assured, we’ll observe social distancing and mask-wearing, and have plenty of space to spread out in Bushnell Park across from the Capitol). Please keep reading to see how you can help, even if you can’t make the Rally.
We also chose Valentine’s Day because it recalls the historic March for Change rally on February 14, 2013, following the Sandy Hook School shooting. In one of the largest demonstrations ever at the State Capitol, more than 5,000 citizens showed up to demand the state take action to keep our kids safe.
Now we need you to show up again, because strong gun laws alone aren’t enough. We need your voice to call on the state to create an Office of Community Gun Violence Prevention. Connecticut needs a more intentional effort to fund community-based violence prevention programs that are proven effective at de-escalating conflict and breaking cycles of retribution that so frequently lead to gun violence.