Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the Vocal Majority bus tour stopped in Newtown Oct. 15 for a roundtable and press conference at Edmond Town Hall. Giffords visited the site previously when mourners gathered there in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
Giffords, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, 5th District, urged Connecticut residents to make sure they use their vote to reduce gun violence in this election. Philip Dwyer, candidate for state senator of the 28th District, which represents Easton, Weston, Fairfield and Newtown, attended the event.
"Stopping gun violence takes courage, the courage to do what's right," Giffords said. "I've seen great courage when my life was on the line. Now is the time to come together, be responsible, Democrats, Republicans, everyone. We must never stop fighting. Fight, fight, fight.”
Dwyer said,“The courage, bravery, and resilience that former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords embodies is truly remarkable. It was an honor and a privilege to meet and speak with Gabby and I applaud her commitment to fighting for stronger gun violence prevention laws throughout the country. Connecticut is one of the best states for gun safety laws, but more can be done. We need to continue to put forward legislation that makes our state as safe as possible for our children and families.”
The Vocal Majority Tour event and national tour is organized and hosted by Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, the gun violence prevention organization founded by Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly. The PAC has endorsed Blumenthal and Esty, naming them Connecticut Champions for the Vocal Majority.