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Thousands Gather On (CT) Capitol Steps To Call For Stricter Gun Laws
Hartford Courant ^

Posted on 02/15/2013 3:59:13 PM PST by matt04

More than 5,000 supporters of tighter controls on firearms crowded the state Capitol Thursday morning, demanding action from the General Assembly in the wake of the Newtown school massacre.

"The American people have seen what happens in place after place...we cannot let what happened here in Connecticut ever be forgotten,'' Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told the crowd. "We will not rest until we have changed America. We will not rest until we have changed Connecticut."

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, among a host of elected leaders speaking to the rally, said that "we have to make sure that no one says no to the families who lost. Their hearts might be broken but they are so strong, and we have to make sure we take a little of their strength to continue this fight."

"If we have to register to vote, we might as well register our guns," Wyman said.

March for Change, the citizens' gun control group that sprang up after the Newtown school massacre Dec. 14, chose Valentine's Day, the universal day for expressing love, to organize the rally at the state Capitol.

Thursday is also the two-month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six women.

The date is no accident, said Nancy Lefkowitz, the Fairfield County mother who helped organize the rally. "Our hearts are broken and we demand change,'' she said.

"I stand here as a parent ... and I have had enough," said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

"Enough-enough-enough," the crowd chanted in response.

(Excerpt) Read more at courant.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment; snadyhook

Buses line the street around the Capitol building Thursday during a rally against gun violence attended by over 5,000 people.

1 posted on 02/15/2013 3:59:24 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

So the anti-gun politicians bused in a bunch of kids from their schools to be props and body-count for their rally.

Why isn’t this waste of taxpayer money being investigated?


2 posted on 02/15/2013 4:01:47 PM PST by MeganC (Liberals fool people by walking upright.)
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To: matt04

So eager to make criminals out of law abiding citizens.


3 posted on 02/15/2013 4:03:39 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: matt04

A little background on the group that organized this event, “Connecticut Against Gun Violence.” They are advocating for CONFISCATION of all “assault weapons” and mags over 7 rnds. Registration of all hand guns, renewed annual with background checks and fees.

They also skipped the school safety and mental health hearings in CT.

More here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2981493/posts


4 posted on 02/15/2013 4:05:17 PM PST by matt04
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To: MeganC

See #4 for what Malloy and others were supporting.


5 posted on 02/15/2013 4:06:56 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

These people are misguided on so many levels . . . a failure to recognize (much less even understand) the Second Amendment . . . a failure to recognize that stricter gun control laws would have done little (if anything at all) in preventing the crimes by a few crazed individuals . . . these people are like Don Quixote imagining that the windmills are their enemies . . . these people also are terribly sick for exploiting tragedy as a platform to express their misguided self-righteousness.


6 posted on 02/15/2013 4:07:11 PM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: matt04

Well, they inadvertently created a target-rich environment.


7 posted on 02/15/2013 4:09:33 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: MeganC

Apicture from the anti-gun rally. That appears to be 500-1000, no way 5K.

8 posted on 02/15/2013 4:15:22 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Fine. Fight for it for your own state. Leave the rest of us alone. Try Federalism for once - it’s pretty sweet.


9 posted on 02/15/2013 4:15:40 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: matt04

Is that all of them?


10 posted on 02/15/2013 4:20:16 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

The picture was posted on the CT Gun Owners FB page the day of the rally

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=146745278818286&set=a.136356716523809.29361.136353873190760&type=1&theater


11 posted on 02/15/2013 4:25:13 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

They started a chant.

“We need more laws for guns!
Criminals take all our fun!
If we stopped all gun rights,
Criminals would have to steal ‘em at night!”

“Uh, wait a sec...”

“We might have a problem here...”


12 posted on 02/15/2013 4:28:55 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: matt04

Great aerial. How did the good guys manage to get it? Accurate aerials are so hard to find from DC rallies, unless they make the bad guys look good.


13 posted on 02/15/2013 4:31:06 PM PST by libstripper
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To: matt04

I was at an anti-gun rally in Maryland a week ago. At least 5,000 in attendance. The main difference? Zero buses and I bet 80% took a day off work.


14 posted on 02/15/2013 4:39:47 PM PST by cyclotic (In a society of wolves, you do not fight back by creating more sheep-Dan Bongino)
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To: matt04

As a seasoned crowd counter, I would agree with you. Between 500 & 1000.


15 posted on 02/15/2013 4:47:54 PM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan

We know they had at least 6 school buses. A quick search reveals a school bus can seat from 50-80 passengers. Assuming 50 per pus and only 6 buses, that is 30%, assuming they got 1k.


16 posted on 02/15/2013 4:52:31 PM PST by matt04
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17 posted on 02/15/2013 4:53:10 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: MeganC
Why isn’t this waste of taxpayer money being investigated?

What Difference Does it Make?

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18 posted on 02/15/2013 4:55:47 PM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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To: cyclotic

You mean the Maryland pro gun rally which had over 3000 minimum. Even the Fraternal Order of Police supported the gun owners.


19 posted on 02/15/2013 6:25:58 PM PST by Fee
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To: matt04

MSM lies.


20 posted on 02/15/2013 9:14:30 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: matt04
"If we have to register to vote, we might as well register our guns," Wyman said.

Nice point - how about filling out a full page form and undergoing a background check before each vote you want to cast?

21 posted on 02/16/2013 5:02:16 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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