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One Million Moms for Gun Control Protesting Stamford Gun Show

Saturday's "East Coast Fine Arms Show" in Stamford is too soon after massacre.

The majority of Mothers of America made a promise after Newtown that we would not move on again from another mass shooting without action. We must join together to say that this is not acceptable: not in this community, and not now.

— Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control

The non-profit organization One Million Moms for Gun Control is urging organizers of the East Coast Fine Arms Show to cancel its event this weekend out of respect for the still grieving community of Newtown, Connecticut. The show is slated for Stamford, just 40 miles from the Newtown shooting site. Westchester Collectors, Inc. is putting on the show.

Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control, agrees with Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia that the timing of the show is too soon.

“The idea that life has already returned to normal for the community of Newtown less than one month after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is shocking. Newtown residents have not even had a full month to heal,” said Watts. “Allowing this show to go on without protest would be tantamount to saying, ‘It’s time to move on.’ The mothers of America made a promise after Newtown that we would not move on again from another mass shooting without action. We must join together to say that this is not acceptable: not in this community, and not now.”

Kara Baekey, of the Fairfield County, Connecticut, Chapter of One Million Moms for Gun Control said, “As a lifetime resident of Fairfield County, the same county as Newtown, I believe it is too soon for a gun show to be held so close to Sandy Hook. We are still under the microscope of the media, our children are still asking questions, and we are asking for time to grieve. Instead of hosting a gun show, we should be working to strengthen our state and federal gun laws. This is not the time to be celebrating and marketing guns in Connecticut.”

The 8th Annual East Coast Fine Arms Show will take place in Stamford, CT, at the Plaza Hotel located at 2701 Summer Street, presented by Westchester Collectors.

About One Million Moms for Gun Control:

One Million Moms for Gun Control, a nonprofit that supports common sense gun measures, was formed in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, which claimed 26 lives—20 of them children. Our goals: 1) Reinstate the ban on assault weapons and related magazines.
 2) Close gun-show loopholes that encourage private gun sales without background checks.
 3) Set boundaries on how much ammunition a person can purchase.
 4) Limit the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level. For more information, visit onemillionmomsforguncontrol.org

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Alethiologist January 07, 2013 at 12:18 AM
DG Are you drunk or are you on drugs?
Hollywood2 January 07, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Anthony, why are you and members of the militia known as the NRA so paranoid. Who is coming for you? Quick look outside your window!
Mitch Parker January 07, 2013 at 03:23 AM
There were 11,493 firearm homicides last year. Let's compare that to 16,979 non firearm homicides using bats, knives, sticks, and rocks. Autos accounted for 34,485 deaths. Shall we now eliminate cars? After all,we must end "Car Violence". Vehicles are deadly weapons, and account for three times as many deaths. If you want to save lives, eliminate cars first, it's one of the ten big killers. Drug abuse accounted for 25,500 deaths. Medical errors contributed to 195,000 deaths, over 16 times more deaths than guns. Shall we ban the medical profession? Have all you gun grabbers studied DEMOCIDE? That's what happens to innocent civillians when a tyranical government that is successful in disarming them. Death by government against unarmed populations account for more murders than all the wars combined. The 2nd amendment was not written to guarantee the right to hunt, it was written to guarantee the safety for Americans against the possibility of a future tyranical government. Those who advocate the elimination of the 2nd amendment, advocate GENOCIDE, DEMOCIDE, and DEATH by GOVERNMENT. The foundation of DEMOCIDE, is GUN CONTROL.
julie criscuolo February 24, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Ella I know this may take you by surprise is in fact Gloria Steinhem is full of hatred and vitriol for any woman who disagrees with her liberal views. She is a hypocrite. If you are a pro-life woman somehow you are against women. Steinhem is very critical of Palin and yet Palin is raising a family and became governor of her state. Why isn't she proud of her? In my opinion it is all about being Pro-choice. And yet these same folks who fight for their right to end a life because it is their body and it is inconvenient have no problem telling another woman she cannot have a gun to fight off or kill an attacker. Go figure!
Dan Garrett February 24, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Teaparty commenters, most of you are on medicare and shout, government keep your hands off my healthcare. Connecticut is so lucky Gov. Malloy beat Tom Foley in the last election. Governor Malloy is brave, he said sell your 30 round magazines to a state that does not care about kids being killed, or hand them in to law enforcement.

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