A team of 26 people from across the east coast plan to bike from Sandy Hook Elementary School to Washington in order to demand gun control legislation in response to the Newtown Massacre. The ride is scheduled for March 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th.
“It is now time to act so that Sandy Hook is not remembered as that Town that lost 20 children and 6 educators, and did nothing to ensure that there are no more Sandy Hooks,” the group wrote on its Facebook page.
Sandy Hook resident Monte Frank spearheaded “Team 26″, which consists of parents, teachers, a Vietnam veteran, and multiple elite athletes including a former NCAA champion. Two other Newtown residents, Chris Peck and Bill Muzzio, will also ride. Both Muzzio and Frank have children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary.
“I am riding because I want to live in a country where parents don’t have to worry about putting their kids on the bus in the morning,” wrote Frank, who shared a picture of his daughter getting on the school bus for her first day of first grade at Sandy Hook.
“Our daughters have the best memories of their years at Sandy Hook Elementary. They got on their bus every morning wanting to go to school…I want to be a hero for my girls and make their world a safer place to live,” said Muzzio.
The team says they will publicize their route and “rendezvous at elementary schools along the way.”