VIDEO: Thousands ‘March for Change’ to Connecticut’s Gun Laws

As thousands rallied in at the state Capitol in Hartford for tougher gun laws, Patch was on hand to find out what brought people to the March for Change on Thursday.

On the two-month anniversary of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that claimed the lives of 26 people, approximately 5,500 gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in Hartford Thursday to advocate for changes to Connecticut’s gun laws.

The event, known as the March for Change, was organized by CT Against Gun Violence and included remarks by politicians, musicians, faith leaders, gun violence survivors and family members of people whose lives were cut short by gun violence, including several from the Sandy Hook shootings.

People came from all over Connecticut to be heard and express their views on the controversial subject of gun control, but Patch wanted to know the answer to one simple question:

What brought you here today? 

Paul Bahre February 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM
So we had hundreds of thousands in Hartford asking for no more gun laws and you get a pittance of a group and it makes news? Those who would sacrifice freedom for a little security deserves neither.
AnneMarie Heller Cox February 15, 2013 at 02:45 PM
When were hundreds of thousands in Hartford asking for no more gun laws? I know about a thousand gun advocates were reported to rally earlier this year, but I missed the rally with hundreds of thousands. That said, stricter gun laws which would help create the "well regulated militia" protected in the constitution is not THE ANSWER to gun violence, but only a small part of the answer. Mental health care and reduced crime (which means better education and employment opportunities for all segments of out society) are what will reduce gun violence in our society.
Haggis O'Keafe February 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM
AnneMarie - I happen to think that the true root cause is the decay of the nuclear family and the sensationalism of violence by the American media to include movies and television. When you consider all things being equal over a fifty-year period, those are the only things that have changed drastic enough to have a correlation with causation. Everything else is just anecdotal poppycock in my opinion.


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