Vigil marks six years since Newtown tragedy

WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers and advocates of greater controls on firearms marked the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass-shooting at a church vigil Wednesday night to commemorate all victims of gun violence. Connecticut speakers included Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as Rep. Elizabeth Esty. The vigil at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, was the sixth since the Newtown shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, which took the lives of 20 children and six adult staff members. A busload of advocates from the Newtown area joined others affected by gun violence in the event organized by the Newtown Foundation and Newtown Action Alliance. Twenty other groups, including the Brady Center for Gun-violence Prevention and Moms Demand Action, were co-sponsors. In a statement, the groups noted that more than 600,000 in America have been killed or injured by gunfire since Sandy Hook. “We urge you to join the gun violence prevention community in our collective effort to continue to shine a light on the devastating epidemic of gun violence in our nation until these gun deaths and injuries are reduced,” the statement said. But by some measures, the ground for gun-control advocacy has not been as fertile in a decade or more. Buffeted for years by a Republican-controlled Congress disinterested in greater regulation of firearms sales, advocates got accustomed to cycles of outrage as each new mass-shooting unfolded, only to be followed by congressional inaction. A confluence of factors may change […]

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Vigil marks six years since Newtown tragedy

WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers and advocates of greater controls on firearms marked the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass-shooting at a church vigil Wednesday night to commemorate all victims of gun violence. Connecticut speakers included Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as Rep. Elizabeth Esty. The vigil at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, was the sixth since the Newtown shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, which took the lives of 20 children and six adult staff members. A busload of advocates from the Newtown area joined others affected by gun violence in the event organized by the Newtown Foundation and Newtown Action Alliance. Twenty other groups, including the Brady Center for Gun-violence Prevention and Moms Demand Action, were co-sponsors. In a statement, the groups noted that more than 600,000 in America have been killed or injured by gunfire since Sandy Hook. “We urge you to join the gun violence prevention community in our collective effort to continue to shine a light on the devastating epidemic of gun violence in our nation until these gun deaths and injuries are reduced,” the statement said. But by some measures, the ground for gun-control advocacy has not been as fertile in a decade or more. Buffeted for years by a Republican-controlled Congress disinterested in greater regulation of firearms sales, advocates got accustomed to cycles of outrage as each new mass-shooting unfolded, only to be followed by congressional inaction. A confluence of factors may change […]

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Vigil marks six years since Newtown tragedy

WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers and advocates of greater controls on firearms marked the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass-shooting at a church vigil Wednesday night to commemorate all victims of gun violence. Connecticut speakers included Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as Rep. Elizabeth Esty. The vigil at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, was the sixth since the Newtown shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, which took the lives of 20 children and six adult staff members. A busload of advocates from the Newtown area joined others affected by gun violence in the event organized by the Newtown Foundation and Newtown Action Alliance. Twenty other groups, including the Brady Center for Gun-violence Prevention and Moms Demand Action, were co-sponsors. In a statement, the groups noted that more than 600,000 in America have been killed or injured by gunfire since Sandy Hook. “We urge you to join the gun violence prevention community in our collective effort to continue to shine a light on the devastating epidemic of gun violence in our nation until these gun deaths and injuries are reduced,” the statement said. But by some measures, the ground for gun-control advocacy has not been as fertile in a decade or more. Buffeted for years by a Republican-controlled Congress disinterested in greater regulation of firearms sales, advocates got accustomed to cycles of outrage as each new mass-shooting unfolded, only to be followed by congressional inaction. A confluence of factors may change […]

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