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Bikers, leaders, supporters push for gun reform

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Greenwich, CT | Added on March 28, 2015 At 10:00 PM

Supporters of gun violence prevention greeted 26 bikers from Newtown outside Greenwich Town Hall to raise awareness on the need for gun reform.  

"I'm an elementary school teacher and this ride is just a way for me to show peace, love and hope for my kids that I see every day and for the world," said Wayne Prescott, Team 26 member and Litchfield resident.  

Team 26 honors the 26 victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Saturday was the start of their 400 mile journey from Sandy Hook to Washington, D.C. to honor victims of gun violence and call for federal gun safety reform, universal background checks, and to end the use of gun trafficking and illegal weapons.

"These measures will save lives, while do nothing to negatively impact hunters, sportsman," said Team 26 leader Monte Frank. "The second amendment does not trump our right to live."  

"They're out there spreading our word, making sure Washington listens, waking them up to the fact that every child, every person should be protected, should be protected from gun violence when guns are in the hands of the wrong people," said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. 

It's the third year the team has taken on the initiative and the second year supporters in Greenwich have hosted a rally for them. The event was organized by The Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence in partnership with The Enough Campaign, Southwestern CT Brady Campaign and CAGV (Connecticut Against Gun Violence).  

"The purpose is to create awareness about the urgency to have federal and state gun laws to protect us from gun violence," said Jonathan Perloe, GCGV Rally Organizer. "So we want to make everybody aware and then the second purpose is to thank those legislators and lawmakers who have been working very hard for us."  

Studies show 1 out of 3 homes with children have guns, and nine children and teens are shot each day in gun accidents. Local leaders and supporters say they will continue to push for stronger gun laws until congress follows suit.  

"We want to make sure that before you exercise your second amendment rights, you're not a terrorist, you're not a felon, you don't have a history of violence," said Congressman Jim Himes. "We want to acknowledge that some weapons are actually built solely for the purpose of war and really have no place in our homes and in our streets." 

"Domestic assaults that involve firearms are twelve times more likely to result in death then those involving other weapons or bodily force," said Suzzane Adam, Greenwich YWCA Domestic Abuse Services Director. 

This year supporters focused on federal laws aimed at reducing gun violence directed at women in domestic abuse situations. 

"States with laws prohibiting firearm possession by persons subject to restraining orders saw a 12 to 13 percent reduction in intimate partner homicides of women," said Adam. "Connecticut averaged 14 intimate partner homicides annually between the years 2000 to 2012. Firearms have been the most frequently used weapon."  

"Even in Connecticut, with one of the lowest gun death rates in the country, too many people are killed by guns, including Lori Jackson, who was shot to death last year by her abusive husband while under the protection of a temporary restraining order. We're here today to close that loophole that astoundingly lets domestic abusers keep their guns." 


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