Newtown residents traveled to Washington Saturday for a March For Gun Control held on the National Mall.
Dave Ackert of Newtown, a father of two, served as the local organizer and encouraged fellow residents to head down and show up in numbers. “The eyes are on Connecticut to see what we do, they’re on Newtown to see what we do, we have to seize that moment,” he told FOX CT.
Marty Isaac, President of the Connecticut Against Gun Violence Education Fund spoke at the event. “I’m a married father of three children and I live 15 minutes away from Newtown,” he said. “While I’ve been involved with this mission for a while, it’s chillingly real having this event occur so close to home.”
“While I’m confident we’ll make progress in Connecticut, it’s more important we make progress at the federal level,” said Isaac, who also read a statement on Sen. Blumenthal’s behalf. Blumenthal did not attend because he was in Newtown dedicating a memorial to the victims killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.
Isaac also read a statement from a Sandy Hook dad in attendance: “Remember to hug your kids as often as possible. I know I do.”
The march was expected to draw thousands of people from across the country. Participants met at the Capitol Reflecting Pool at 10 am to begin the march to the Washington Monument. A similar march has been scheduled for Feb. 14 at the state capitol in Hartford.
Speeches and entertainment from the rally can be viewed here.
Read more about the event here.