Letter: Join The Effort To Prevent Gun Violence

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To the editor:

The tragic massacre in Sandy Hook has spurred much public discourse. I want to thank our mayor for some action he has taken on this subject and invite my fellow Norwalkers to join grassroots movements in progress.

First, thank you, Mayor Moccia, for being one of 750 mayors – including 12 in Connecticut – to sign the Dec. 19, 2012 letter from Mayors Against Illegal Guns! While we may disagree about how to get there, I hope we can work together to keep illegal guns from making their way from lax Southern states to Norwalk. After all, we are the ones who bear the terrible burden of increased gun violence, preventable death, and the expenditure of scarce tax dollars to combat the influx of illegal guns. [http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/media-center/letter_121912.shtml]

Second, I want to let you know about several options – both online and in person – available for those who would like to address gun violence in Norwalk and our surrounding communities. I have started a Facebook page, “CT Against Gun Violence-Norwalk Chapter.”

Although I am obviously a Democrat – having been elected to the Common Council on the Democratic line – I welcome people of ALL political persuasions on this Facebook page.

We are a place for Norwalkers who want to engage in respectful dialogue about issues pertaining to gun violence. Our primary organizing goal is coordinating transportation for the Valentine’s Day March for Change in Hartford.

What if you are sick of discourse and want to focus on ACTION? I highly recommend a Facebook page started by another Norwalker: One Million Moms for Gun Control, Fairfield County Chapter. Here, you can focus on contacting your elected representatives to lobby for common-sense gun safety legislation. Save the date for our upcoming Mother’s Day March on Washington, D.C: May 12, 2013.

What if you want to learn a little more about how organizations – like our local Domestic Violence Crisis Centers – deal with the daily impact of gun violence on our community? I encourage you to visit the Facebook page of CT Against Gun Violence-Wilton Chapter.

And for those who prefer face-to-face encounters to Facebook, consider attending the following upcoming events in our area:

On Jan. 10, Wilton’s Domestic Violence Task Force will hold two events. Please fit one into your schedule. At 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m. you may go to the Wilton Library to hear people like forensic psychologist David Bernstein and Susan Delaney of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center discuss how to assess the threat of gun violence in a given situation.

On Jan.14, the Inter-Faith Council of Southwestern CT –in cooperation with the Stamford NAACP – will host “Fairfield County: Stand Against Violence Effectively!” Join me in listening to the Executive Director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence. Learn more about the March for Change (February 14 @ 11 a.m., Hartford Capitol). The SAVE meeting is Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, One Walton Place at Bedford Street, Stamford. For more information, call (203) 348-2800 or go to www.interfaithcouncil.org.

Norwalkers know gun violence touched my own family in 2008. I campaigned in 2011 to prevent other Norwalk families from going through the pain mine encountered when my beloved bichon/poodle mix, Scrappy, was shot to death in my backyard. Please choose one of the aforementioned venues to find out how you can help us address gun violence in the greater Norwalk area.

Thank you,

Anna Duleep

Norwalk Common Councilwoman (D-At-Large)

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Reid did something good for a change????

Good news -- it has become known that hidden deep within the massive 2800-page bill called Obamacare there is a Senate Amendment protecting the right to keep and bear arms.
It seems that in their haste to cram socialized medicine down the throats of the American people, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Barack Obama overlooked Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c.
According to reports, that amendment says the government cannot use doctors to collect "any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition."
CNN is calling it "a gift to the nation's powerful gun lobby."
And according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), that's exactly right. He says he added the provision in order to keep the NRA from getting involved in the legislative fight over Obamacare, which was so ubiquitous in 2010.

Since Jan. 1, Chicago police have recorded 2,364 shooting incidents and 487 homicides, 87 percent of them gun-related. Shootings have increased 12 percent this year and homicides are up 19 percent.

“Our struggle is with violence and particularly gang violence and more specifically gun violence,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy told WBEZ radio this week. He cited free-flowing weaponry on Chicago’s streets as a major challenge for the 12,500 members of the city’s police force. Seizing guns, he said, offers limited benefit, with Chicago already claiming guns at a rate three times greater than Los Angeles and nine times higher than New YorK.

Odd, Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws and the crime has INCREASED??
Because criminals do not obey laws! Why take guns away from the people that DO obey the laws? Makes no sense, its just non sense, left wing agenda. They cannot deal with facts. Why don't liberals understand that criminals do not obey gun laws??

You say "criminals do not obey laws"..My question to you is does that include you as on
another thread on this site you are advising criminals how to get away...

"Note to pot dealers...
Make your car blend in, and obey traffic laws. Tints, no plate, ? Common sense?
This idiot deserves all he is getting"


And what does that post have to do with gun?
Nothing really, but it DOES indeed prove my point: CRIMINALS DO NOT FOLLOW THE LAW.
Thank you for helping prove my point once again.

It goes to your total and complete lack of creditability..Let me guess you're a wacko right wing Republican as that is a character trait of them.

@Pony Tail Steve
That sounds more like a question that you would be qualified to answer being you are giving advise to criminals as to how to avoid getting caught

Excellent point Tim..I remember when pony tail posted here in the past...
Shame that a bad apple like pony tail feels the need to destroy a nice site like this.
The only question is you refer to pony tail as as "her"..Do you think it is a male female or other??

All Lies 100 Percent..Do you have no shame but to show your ignorance on here and on topix

When reading the posts on here and on TOPIX by the pro gun Republicans. They make the point for gun control as clearly they are insane and are mentally unstable.

The only truth needing to be told is self evident. If a criminal has a gun and wants to kill you, you are dead unless you can kill them. To fight against honest people having guns is to sentence them to death if they ever need to defend themselves. Look at the Jews & Nazis, look at Stalin, be careful what you wish for, you might get it. Just like so many wished for a largely unarmed public, got it & now we have mass murders of children. It would be funny to hear the stupidity, if these people didnt vote & if out politicians didnt ignore their limitations & pass laws based on stupidity.
What we need are laws making it a crime for an elected official to even support anything that violates their oath of office, as gun control support does.

I saw a movie once about a society where only police and military carry guns.
It was called "Schindler's List"..

Hey, why don't liberals ever talk about the success of the gun laws in Chicago?

That's right, it INFURIATES them! Homicides involving guns tripled. Obama's home town too. Interesting...

But posting links to fake profiles may somehow distract the real issue. Or maybe people just post looking for attention with no real thoughts of their own.

Anyone care to discuss Chicago homicide and law laws???

"gun laws" for some reason it will not let me edit the last comments.

Jan 19th is national gun appreciation day FYI

That will be filled with a bunch of filthy Republicans.

Problem Fixed.....

Except that taking guns away from law abiding citizens will not solve any problems!

Strange you say

"taking guns away from law abiding citizens:

Yet on another tread on this site you are advising criminals how to get away

"Note to pot dealers...
Make your car blend in, and obey traffic laws. Tints, no plate, ? Common sense?
This idiot deserves all he is getting"



Correct Niikk
These type as in the Republican right wing wackos think that they can pick and choose what laws they obey and which ones they do not. It also goes to show the mental instability of the Republicans and the NRA.

Yes jrey this is what I've been saying all along about the unstable pro gun wacko

We need to repeal ignorance Tim, you demonstrate why every time you post. You might not have noticed but even the liberals here tend to blow you off. Have a great night.

Try something original Tim. Do YOU have any ideas or solutions? Or are you like our liberal politicians who only seek controversy?

Thank you.

You can address gun violence by not turning every tragedy into a circus. Our Mayor & lawmakers should be ashamed the way they ignore their responsibilities & run like chickens with their heads cut off over things like this. Our Mayor signing up with Bloombergs group is far from something to brag about.
The first job of our elected officials is to ensure that the rights & liberties of their constituents are respected & not trampled. Whether they agree with them or like them doesnt matter. Both state & federal law protect gun ownership, which is by far more restricted already than any other civil right.

The current knee jerk idiocy over the Newtown tragedy is disgusting. The police are protected with what? guns right? High capacity semi auto guns right? Assault weapons right? Hmm, to protect them from what? Oh yeah, the criminals who victimize us. How silly is a notion that restricting us will make us safer given this? Our biggest enemy regarding violence in general is apathy and acceptance of it. We rid ourselves of the death penalty, we grant violent offenders early release, we create safe working areas for mass murderers to kill our children, then wring our hands & moan as if we didnt create the mess we are in.

I'm sorry about your dog but dogs get killed alot of ways & its irrelevant how YOURS got killed as regards our civil rights. As a council woman you should be very familiar with the CT constitution, its limits upon legislation and the rights it protects. If we would legislate & promote responsible action in accord with it, reinstate capital punishment & most importantly STOP RELEASING VIOLENT CRIMINALS we could definitely reduce violent crime. But if the past is any indication all that will be done is to place further restrictions on honest taxpayers & create more victims. Knee jerk reactions rarely do any good, but they sure get people elected....

we could use more officers on the street,the last shooting in Norwalk over this last weekend are making us all wonder has the council actually talked about more officers.Yes laws and talk until your blue in the face but by the book it all suggests if more officrs and the promised shotspotter was in place maybe less shootings would be the end result.

Our Mayor has gone to many gatherings of Mayors each year and has come back empty handed.We were expectig more from him and we keep getting less.We have seen enough of Rillings lack of enforcement lets not see the council not be challenged by the recent events and start running the city to get back the qulaity of life Norwalk has lost last couple of elections.