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Newtown Group Returns to DC Hours After Mass Shooting

by Hugh McQuaid | Sep 17, 2013 3:26pm
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Monte Frank and other advocates at a state Capitol rally in March

Members of a Newtown-based gun control group traveled to Washington on Tuesday to advocate for stricter firearm regulations, a day after a gunman murdered a dozen people a few miles from the Capitol building.

About 30 Newtown residents made the trip Tuesday with the Newtown Action Alliance. The group planned to lobby Congress and mark the passage of nine months since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, when a gunman murdered 20 first graders and six educators on Dec. 14.

They had not planned on arriving in the nation’s capital only hours after a gunman killed 12 people at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard on Monday. But that’s exactly what happened.

“I was getting ready to come down here and when I heard the news, it hit me like a ton of bricks. It brought me right back” to the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, said Monte Frank, a Newtown resident and member of the group.

Frank said it was tough to be so close to the scene of another mass shooting and feel horrible for the families of the victims.

“It’s another mass shooting, when somebody who should not have had access to guns . . . murdered innocent people who did nothing wrong except go to work that day,” he said.

Frank called the incident another example in a “parade of gun violence” impacting the country. He said he hoped members of Congress would now take “common sense” action curb the violence.

Newtown residents and families of the Sandy Hook victims lobbied Congress in April to pass a bill which would have expanded background check requirements for the purchase of guns. The bill was defeated in the U.S. Senate after it fell four votes short of the super majority it needed to pass.

“Every time there’s a shooting, I would hope the impact is not to run away from it but to really search for the right answer,” Frank said. “I hope they will finally put politics aside for a moment and put the safety of our children first.”

In a Tuesday interview on MSNBC, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he believed the shooting had an impact on lawmakers.

“A number of my colleagues were clearly shaken by the physical proximity and the senselessness and randomness of this violence,” he said. “. . . My hope is that this senseless killing will help us break through the gridlock that so obstructed us the last time we lost that vote in April.”

The group will join members of Congress and family members of recent shooting victims Wednesday at noon at the Capitol Visitors Center to call for passage of stricter gun regulations.

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posted by: waterbuffalo | September 18, 2013  12:02am

I really feel for those families that experienced a lost of their child and loved ones in the shooting in New Town and the recent shooting in D.C.: however, people, please understand that there are gun laws all ready in place…our Government just needs to enforce them…that’s been the problem here in the USA..why hurt the the ones that follow the laws when carrying their guns…your absolutely right, it’s always the inocent ones that get hurt…judge me for what I do and not for what others do. Lets push Congress to force these state Gov. to enforce the laws that have been in place for centuries. Look at the inner cities…those type of incidents occur weekly..(Bpt, New Haven and Hartford)

posted by: Nutmeg87 | September 18, 2013  8:56am


Its NOT the guns or Laws…

This shooter LEGALLY obtained a SHOTGUN (Joe Biden’s preferred self-defense weapon…  LOL).  NCIC check was done properly by gun store & NOTHING came up !!!  No one responsible in alerting authorities about mental issues (once again confidentiality issues Liberals love) and prior arrests were NOT prosecuted = clean record.

Furthermore…  all the liberal media loved claiming he had an AR-15 ...  HA!  CNN even had computer simulations with a guy shooting people with an AR-15 !!!!  A Responsible Gun Store REFUSED to sell him an AR-15 despite a clean NCIC check!!! 

So only responsible person was the Gun Store operator…  How about the Government letting this guy have security clearance…  How about National Security buildings with NO security check at entrance…  How about the myriad of Naval healthcare professionals that just ignored his mental issues ....

This guy came in with 1 SHOTGUN.  Killed 12 adults at a MILITARY facility, where there are plenty of ARMED professionals…  The MAGAZINE COUNT had NOTHING to do with how many people you can kill…  Even when done at a facility with rapid deployment available…



posted by: sofaman | September 20, 2013  12:42pm

So. . . it’s really that difficult to figure out that when a mentally disturbed person legally acquires a weapon then the laws are inadequate? Wow.