by Jennifer Swift
Sep 17, 2013
01:38 PMConnecticut Politics
Newtown Parents Continue Call for Conversations on Gun Control Following Navy Yard Shooting
Members of the Newtown Action Alliance were set to speak out against Stand Your Ground laws in front of a subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Monday.
After a gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, their comments were postponed to Tuesday. But the Navy Yard shooting added yet another layer to the group's calls for gun control legislation.
“Our hearts ache. Our thoughts and prayers from Sandy Hook to DC. Tomorrow we get back to work to end this madness,” read a tweet from Monte Frank, a Newtown resident, member of NAA and founder of Team 26, an organization participating in races throughout the country to bring awareness to their cause. Earlier this year, members of the group rode from Newtown to Washington, where they testified before Congress.
Prior to his trip to visit, Frank authored a column in The Guardian explaining the reforms they are seeking.
“This madness must end – and it will when Congress stops ignoring the will of the American people and makes our nation and the entire world safer by passing common-sense and constitutional gun safety measures,” he wrote.
Members of NAA were expected to spend a few days in D.C. meeting with legislators.
Connecticut's two U.S. Senators -- Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal -- were both calling for Congress to pass laws on gun control Tuesday. Members of NAA were also meeting with other legislators, including U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5.
"More than 8,200 people have been killed by guns since Dec 14. Now we have 12 more innocents gone. Congress, enough is enough," Murphy tweeted.
Activists from Newtown, Hartford, Aurora, Colo. and other towns were heading to D.C. to address the stand your ground law, but were also asked their thoughts on yesterday’s shooting.
"They have a long road ahead of them. It doesn’t get any easier with time,” said Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was killed in the Dec. 14 shooting, according to MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell. “It's really time to stop. Hit the reset button. Come together for serious dialogue."Newtown Parents Continue Call for Conversations on Gun Control Following Navy Yard Shooting