Day of Action Against Gun Violence starts in Connecticut

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FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A nationwide ‘Day of Action Against Gun Violence’ began today in the Connecticut Congressional District that includes Newtown.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) was among those taking part in that sit-in in the U.S. House last week and she says the momentum across the country is building daily to force the House leadership to bring up a vote on two gun control measures after the July 4th recess. There were events in over 100 congressional districts across the country today all with the same message and all motivated by shootings in places like Orlando, Aurora, and Newtown.

“I can’t change the past and I can’t bring my sister back but I can continue to honor her and her bravery by standing up to the gun lobby and the fight to disarm hate,” said Jillian Soto.

Jillian’s older sister was Vicki Soto, the young teacher that died trying to protect her first graders during the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“For Vicki and all the victims and survivors of gun violence it’s time to disarm hate,” said Soto.

She joined representatives of several gun control citizens action groups, some formed since Sandy Hook, and Congresswomen Elizabeth Esty and Rosa DeLauro in pushing the renewed effort to get the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on two gun control measures.

A vote on a proposal for universal background checks for all gun purchases, including gun shows and on the internet. And a ban on sales to people who are on the FBI no fly list. Proposals they say are supported by 80 to 90 percent of the American public.

“These principles are not controversial for the American people. They are apparently so frightening to the House leadership, the Republican House leadership, they won’t even let us have a vote,” said Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District).

They say that last week’s sit-in in the House, that included Esty and other Connecticut members of congress, has sparked a renewed push around the country for votes on those measures when congress goes back to Washington on July 5th.

“The families do not get a break from their grief, so that we are not going to take a break until we get a bill,” said DeLauro.

Esty and DeLauro indicated that members of congress that participated in that sit-in last week are planning something for July 5th that they believe will keep the momentum on this issue moving.

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