NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Tears ran down the face of a woman as she described struggling to help youths at her boxing gym in New Haven. A father who lost his son to gun violence and another man whose father was killed when he was a child pleaded for help, too.
Connecticut’s two U.S. Senators, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, heard dramatic accounts of the toll of urban gun violence Friday as they held a forum in New Haven to hear from activists, police and others about how to address the problem. Participants called for more outreach workers, mediators and community centers and help for former prisoners so they don’t return to crime.
While gun control pushed after the Newtown school shooting failed in Congress, Blumenthal vowed to keep fighting.