Empowering the Nonviolent Opposition to Unnecessary Guns in the Home 

The ENOUGH Campaign's "Power of Five" Initiative

 

We felt like super heroes yesterday - descending on the capital with our unified green hats, green scarves flapping in the breeze & banners waving. It was the power of more than 5,500 voices, our signs, our Newtown green ribbons fastened proudly to our bodies and our tears, as we stood together at the foot of our state house yesterday. As we all returned proudly to our families, we ponder what is next. When and how can we feel that these "super powers" will truly effect change?  

  Blossom Hill Photography 

 

We believe that it can be made quite easy with the Power of Five. Now is the time to exercise our democratic right to speak /write / call those elected officials who need to further be convinced of our passion to put a stop to the excessive gun violence in our country. 

  • This action can take 5 seconds with the click of a mouse or 5 minutes to pick up the phone and call! 
  • This can be an equally powerful moment for all of us if we can commit to doing this together. 
  • Send a note to 5 of your friends NOW and encourage them to make this simple but powerful effort together. 
  • No buses to ride, no banners need making...just grab your trusty computer, phone or a piece of paper. 

It is a special power that we all have....use it and make a difference.  

 

Erin

 
MARCH FOR CHANGE REFLECTIONS

Today I was one of over 5500 who participated in the March for Change

 in Hartford, Connecticut. Today is Valentine's Day, and it's also the 2-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, an event that broke my heart and changed me forever. Maybe it's because Newtown is not too far up the road from Stamford, where I live. Or perhaps it is because I have 2 small children, one of whom is in first grade. I have never been an activist, but I am so horrified by the gun violence in the US that I cannot sit back and assume that others are working on this problem. 

 

I went to Hartford today for the 26 Sandy Hook victims. I went to witness the courage of Jillian Soto, Veronique Pozner, Stephen Barton, Colin Goddard, and others who bravely spoke on the Capitol steps. I went for my children, and children across America, because I have had ENOUGH gun violence. I went to Hartford today to demand that my legislators make changes in the law to put an end to the massacres. I went to Hartford today because I realize that I have a responsibility to make my voice heard. In his remarks today, Stephen Barton of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, who is a survivor of the Aurora, CO massacre, suggested that we call our legislators and demand change every Friday at 9:30 AM, "the day and time that evil was unleashed on Sandy Hook." It is my hope and prayer that everyone reading this will do so. Please join the conversation and help change our world. 

Laura

 

As I prepared for March For Change rally it was pretty much business as usual.  Last minuet trips to Costco for supplies,  packaging individual treats with love and care, but this were not for my daughters 1st grade class, or my toddlers playgroup.  These treats were to pass out  on the steps of our state capital and stand with more than 5,500 of my fellow statesman who demand common sense gun laws.

 

This Valentine's day was about the love I have for my family, and my country.  This year I was compelled to put my child on the school bus, leave my nursing toddler with a new babysitter and make my voice heard. I have had ENOUGH of gun violence. I have had ENOUGH of our current gun laws.  Now is the time for change.  Today is not the end if this rally, today is the beginning.

 

Teresa

 

 

The February 14th March for Change exceeded all expectations.  Attendance, planning, speakers...it was a triumph.  While I look back on the success of this event, the solidarity and optimism of the people there and how we all feel thatCHANGE may be possible, I also feel a certain degree of anger.  

It troubles me that we live in a country where we have to MARCH

for our right and our children's right to LIVE.  Since when did the right to make money supersede our right to life?  I'm disturbed that Noah Pozner's mother talked about how she would never see her 6 year old son graduate, get married and live a normal life. 
 
It pains me that many of us heard Victoria Soto's sister talk about how she wanted her to be her Maid of Honor. All I can think about is that THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.  If only we had a ban and mandatory removal of high-capacity assault weapons.  If only the murderer was unable to purchase hundreds of rounds of ammunition without additional scrutiny.  If only someone saw the mental illness and warning signs and tried to intervene.  If even ONE victim from Sandy Hook had been spared by stronger gun laws, wouldn't it be worth it?
 
The 5,500 of us who came to the March for Change were there because we witnessed a horrible tragedy happen in Newtown and cannot bear the thought that it may happen again under our watch.  How about the rest of our state and the rest of our country?  Since when has this become our problem to solve and not theirs?  It disgusts me that we live in such an entitled society.  A place where we have the luxury to CHOOSE a gun over someone's life.  The people who need to hear the painful stories of gun violence survivors are not people like you and I, they are the actual owners of assault weapons.  It should be a requirement that you meet someone affected by gun violence before you are allowed to buy a gun.  How do we open the ears and minds of people who prioritize their need to own a weapon of mass destruction over the lives of innocent victims? 
 

Sheela

 
 Blossom Hill Photography
 
LIVING FOR 32
How a Virginia Tech survivor has moved on

 

Attending the MFC evoked similar feelings that I had when listening to Colin Goddard just a few weeks ago.

 

In 2007, Colin Goddard was sitting in his French class when a gunman entered the room. Colin hid under his desk but was shot 4 times and survived. As we know, 32 of his classmates and teachers did not. Though not part of his pre-college plans, Colin is now at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence as a spokesperson for sensible reform to prevent gun violence. The documentary LIVING FOR 32 shows exactly how EASY it is to obtain guns at gun shows and online. You basically need a pulse, and depending on the state, you may need to flash a driver's license.

 

Several of us at the Enough Campaign recently viewed this documentary in Westport, CT, alongside Colin Goddard. After the film, he personalized his reaction to the film and his advocacy, encouraged our own activism, and shared other inspiring words. He was joined at the mic by two other inspirational young men, Stephen Barton and Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent, both survivors of the Aurora, CO shooting.

 

None of these young men ever imagined that they would be on stage, encouraging rooms of concerned citizens, that they need to speak up to promote gun violence prevention. They also never imagined that going to a French class or to a Batman movie would have meant that they would be suddenly be surrounded by friends and strangers shot dead, narrowly escaping the same fate themselves. But because they survived, they are speaking on behalf of so many. They are living for 32, and so many many more. 

 

Their message is clear. We all need to be standing up and speaking out. The silent majority needs to be heard and will only be heard if we CONTINUE to speak out. These survivors, speaking on behalf of ALL victims of gun violence, are a huge reason why I am speaking out.

 

Marni

  


  Blossom Hill Photography

 

LATEST LINKS

CHECK OUT THESE MARCH FOR CHANGE LINKS

http://manchester.patch.com/articles/video-hundreds-march-for-change-to-state-s-gun-laws-at-capitol#video-13369962

 

http://newtown.patch.com/articles/march-for-change-v-day-rally-photos-80debaba

 

http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/hr.asp?fpVname=CT_HC&ref_pge=gal&b_pge=2

 

CHECK OUT OUR FIRST PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk0DQkg57yM&feature=youtu.be

 

PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE & 23 EXECUTIVE ACTIONS...

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/16/obama-to-announce-gun-control-proposals-shortly/

 

CT AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE PROPOSAL FOR SAFER GUN LAWS

http://montville-ct.patch.com/announcements/cagv-proposes-safer-gun-law-legislation-8dc0b741

 

PLEASE CHECK THE LINK BELOW TO FIND OUT ALL THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CT PUBLIC HEARINGS...  

http://www.cagv.org/wp/2013/01/24/public-hearing-1-28/#more-285

 

ABOUT US

The ENOUGH Campaign is an all-volunteer run, grassroots organization.  We are so grateful for everyone involved in this effort to make our cities and towns a safer place to live, and we thank you!  

 

It's people like you that help The ENOUGH Campaign stop gun violence and promote safer communities. 

 

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