Newtown residents and gun control advocates held a press conference at the capitol Friday to call on legislators to act quickly. They delivered a letter to legislative leadership voicing support for Gov. Dan Malloy’s gun proposals and asking leadership for a vote.
Rabbi Shaul Praver, of Newtown, who said that the tragedy forced him into learning about gun and took him from a “very private synagogue into public life.” He asked lawmakers to consider how they would be responding if this had happened in their own community:
Nancy Lefkowitz, who organized the Valentine’s Day March for Change rally, said that “Legislative leadership has done nothing. They have promised, but they have done nothing.”
Erin Nikitchyuk, whose son, Bear, 8, stood just feet away from the gunman but was pulled out of harm’s way, said this was not a political issue, but a public health issue.
“A bullet does not know your political affiliation when it hits you,” she said.