Connecticut Gun Control Group Plans Hartford Rally

'March for Change' is planning the event for Valentine's Day.

A grassroots group that began forming the day of the Newtown shootings is planning to rally at the state capitol on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, to draw attention to the need for gun control.

The group 'March for Change,' started by several Fairfield County women after the shootings in Newtown that killed 20 school children and 6 women, are planning the rally for 11 a.m. on the north steps of the state Capitol, according to The Day, of New London. One of the organizors said she expects about 2,000 people to attend.

The group has worked closely with the organization Connecticut Against Gun Violence, which has submitted several gun control recommendations to state lawmakers, including a ban on military-style assault weapons, similar to the one Adam Lanza, the Newtown gunman, used during his rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.

State and federal officials are considering numerous gun control proposals following the Newtown tragedy and one task force formed by Connecticut's General Assembly will begin hearings soon on the issue.

Another group also rallied at the state Capitol this past weekend in support of gun ownership. That event, held on what was dubbed "Gun Appreciation Day," on Jan. 19, drew hundreds.

Peter T. Cianelli January 24, 2013 at 04:06 AM
We defend our President--------------with men with guns We defend our Congressmen---------with men with guns We defend our Governors-------------with men with guns We defend our celebrities-------------with men with guns We defend our sporting events-------with men with guns We defend our jewelry stores--------with men with guns We defend our banks------------------with men with guns We defend our office buildings--------with men with guns We defend our factories---------------with men with guns We defend our courts------------------with men with guns We defend our children----------------with a sign that reads: "GUN FREE ZONE." '
Lou January 24, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Again, can't you people get the facts straight! Lanza did not use an assault weapon! The State of CT law states that the Bushmaster .223 is not an assault weapon! Assault weapons are fully automatic. The Bushmaster is a hunting rifle. Do your research. Thank you
Bill Fasula January 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM
More inaccurate Patch reporting. The protest against additional gun control was a thousand , according to police.
Richard Poulton January 24, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Lou, the media and people in general don't have the slightest idea of what defines an "assault weapon". So I suggest they look at that definition or read the federal requirement that identifies one as such. They will not, so here is the definition of an Assault Weapon (rifle). 1. One trigger pull - rounds discharged until trigger released. 2. Must have a detachable clip but also 2 or more of the following: Pistol grip; folding stock; flash suppressor; or be bayonet capable. 3. Can go from semi-automatic to full automatic by use of a selector switch. The true assualt weapon is prohibited without first obtaining a "special" permit from ATF and still must have approval from the Chief of Police for the municipality of residence. Yes, they can be obtained. The media will continue to get this wrong so the people will consider all, such as the Bushmaster, as such.
Mary Ellen Wilson January 24, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Why has the Patch removed my comment concerning the number of attendees at the pro 2nd amendment rights rally that was a part of the comments to this Patch article?
Richard Poulton January 24, 2013 at 02:25 PM
One only knows. But, e-mail the story writer or the Patch editor for the answer you are looking for. Then tell us all why.
donald n. mei January 24, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Actually, the correct term is "assault rifle": if I hit you with a brick, a bat, an ashtray or a wet noodle I have just used an "assault weapon." I know its difficult at times but could we please at least try for some precision in language?
Richard Poulton January 24, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Actually, using items as you described you would be charged with Assault with a Dangerous Instrument. Something taken from its normal intended use and then used to cause harm.
Lou January 24, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Thanks Richard!


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