Ending Gun Violence for a Safer, More Peaceful Nation
Stamford Mayor David Martin (far left) supports #GunSafety volunteers at October's Visibility Event in front of the Government Center, Stamford, CT
Dear Friend,

You did it!!

Because of you, Connecticut prevailed.  Together, we voted gun safety and WON!

With an election season dominated by the issue of gun violence prevention, Connecticut advocates of gun safety prevailed at every level.  The ENOUGH Campaign is reaching out to you to let you know that YOU helped push the issue of gun violence prevention to the fore and helped elect true advocates for gun safety.
 
Of the 106 candidates who voted yes on CT's landmark gun safety bill (SB 1160) and were running for re-election, 100 were successful, with clear majorities in both chambers.


We also want to thank our social media champions for keeping the online conversation going strong.  Our gun safety voice on Twitter, @enoughcampaign1, was multiplied tenfold by thousands of followers re-tweeting us and by teaming up with other strong online voices, such as @votegunsafety, @newtownaction, @momsdemand and more, to broadcast the immediate need for people to get out and cast their ballots with gun safety and gun violence prevention in mind. 

The ENOUGH Campaign was
Volunteers hold signs urging drivers to vote #GunSafety during October Visibility Event
thrilled to be a part of a bigger coalition of partners across Connecticut through Connecticut Voters for Gun Safety (CVGS), who led an unprecedented coalition, which also included the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, Gun Free Kids, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, March for Change, Million Mom March, Moms Demand Action, Newtown Action Alliance, Northwest Corner Against Gun Violence, Women on Watch, and of course the many supporters not affiliated with a group but compelled to engage in the issue by the tragedy of Sandy Hook.

CVGS Chairman, Ron Pinciaro, stated: "What happened in CT proves that you can vote for smart, strong, gun laws and win elections. Attempts at intimidation by the gun lobby do not work."

In sharp contrast to Democratic losses across the country, Connecticut overwhelmingly voted for gun safety.  And in one of the most closely watched match-ups in Fairfield County, Caroline Simmons, Program Specialist at the Women's Business Development Council, defeated incumbent Mike Molgano to represent Stamford in the 144th district of the Connecticut House.  Molgano was the only Fairfield County representative to vote against the landmark gun safety legislation.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, raises his arms over his head with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, left, and his wife Cathy Malloy, right, after speaking to supporters at his party's rally, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
"Last night's results were a welcome validation of our work for the last (almost) two years," said volunteer Wendy Skratt, referring to the tragedy of Sandy Hook on December 14, 2012.  "But sadly, it is just the beginning. Let the satisfaction of this election result further steel [the community] in the fight ahead of us."

The ENOUGH Campaign's Shira Tarantino added, "While there is still a lot of work to be done, we've created a strong foundation in which to lift our state, and eventually our country, out of this incredibly devastating epidemic of gun violence, thanks to the voters of Connecticut, and to the volunteers who tirelessly supported gun safety candidates through their strength and perseverance. We believe that common sense will prevail, as it has here on Election Day."

In Peace,
The ENOUGH Campaign

For a well-rounded recap of the election results, which highlights the undeniably powerful role that gun safety played on Election Day, please read this op-ed piece by Jonathan Perloe, leader of Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence.
Where guns were on the ballot,
we won.

Washington State says YES to background checks; Colorado elects #GunSafety governor 
Martha Cesar (right), of Seattle, celebrates as measure I-591 is voted down on Tuesday night during a Yes on I-594 election night party at the Edgewater Hotel. Photo by Genna Martin / The Herald
WASHINGTON STATE - Gun safety won in Washington State, the one place background checks were actually on the ballot. A measure mandating universal background checks passed overwhelmingly, while a competing gun lobby referendum crafted to confuse voters failed.  Most Americans support background checks on all gun sales.  The historic vote in Washington State proved that when the people are asked to vote directly on a measure rather than having legislation be filtered through politicians, voters choose common sense.

"The Washington vote is being touted by gun control advocates as a potential template for establishing universal background checks as a condition of all gun sales throughout the country."  To read more about this historic vote, click here.


COLORADO -
Governor Hickenlooper, who signed landmark gun laws in 2013 expanding background checks on gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines, was voted back in office, despite attempts by the NRA to ensure his defeat.  Voters rejected the NRA's plea and put Governor Hickenlooper back in office.  In addition, Colorado Democrats have won back two State Senate seats they lost in last year's gun safety recalls.
Recommended reading - States United to Prevent Gun Violence (CeasefireUSA):
It Was a Great Night for Gun Reform
Candlelight vigils to be held across the country
Marking the two-year anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy
Save the Date - December 11, 2014
People keeping vigil in Stamford, CT December 2013 to mark the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy

Stamford Vigil of Remembrance

December 11, 2014, Stamford, CT

By the 2nd anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, an estimated 60,000 more Americans will have died from gun violence.

Help us shine a light on this tragic toll. Join The ENOUGH Campaign on Thursday, December 11, 2014 in downtown Stamford, CT to remember those who have died as a result of gun violence.  Our local Vigil of Remembrance is in conjunction with the national vigil, sponsored by the Newtown Foundation (see link below).  Details about the local vigil to be announced shortly.  For more information, please email us at TheENOUGHcampaign@gmx.com.
December 11, 2014, Washington DC

Click on the above link to learn more.  Stay tuned for more information about the National Vigil and local vigils near you!
Who We Are

Formed by local moms from Fairfield County, CT just days following the Newtown shooting, The ENOUGH Campaign's mission is to protect our families and our country as we advocate for more public awareness on the issues of gun violence prevention in America. Through legislative advocacy and community education, we champion stronger gun laws and aim to transform public perceptions of gun safety.

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