Gun Control Advocates Protest Gov. Chris Christie’s Connecticut Visit
Melanie Stengel/New Haven Register
GREENWICH—Marie Morosky, 7, knows what can happen when a gunman stops to reload his weapon.
The Newtown girl has some friends who were among the 11 children who ran to safety from Vicki Soto’s classroom after Adam Lanza paused briefly to switch magazines on Dec. 14, 2012.
Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which led to major gun changes in Connecticut and set off a national discussion of the issue that is now affecting the gubernatorial race in Connecticut .
Marie attended a rally Monday of about 180 people who lined the road leading to the entrance of a private home in Greenwich where Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey wascampaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley.
Holding up a sign with the pictures of the 20 slain children, Marie, her sister, Rachel, and her mother, Katherine Morosky of Newtown, were protesting Christie’s veto of legislation that would have reduced the number of bullets allowed in magazines in that state from 15 to 10.
(Above right, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turns to answer a question from the press as he and republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley stop at the Glory Days Diner in Greenwich; Melanie Stengel/New Haven Register.)
Katherine Morosky said Marie also knew five of the children who were killed.
“Her friend told her last year that when a bad man put his gun down, she ran behind him and then she ran to the firehouse,” Katherine Morosky said.
“My understanding is that was from when he reloaded his gun,” she said.
Katherine Morosky said she called Christie’s office on multiple occasions relaying Marie’s story, to encourage him to sign the bill.
“It sounded like it was something that could prevent further deaths,” Morosky said of lowering the magazine’s capacity.
After he rejected the legislation, Morosky was incensed further when Christie described the proposed change in New Jersey, which would match the rule in Connecticut, as “trivial.”
“For him to describe our laws as trivial is really offensive and now for Tom Foley to align himself with such a figure who opposes the laws we have in Connecticut is bad judgment,” she said, a sentiment repeated up and down the long line of orderly protesters waiting on Shore Road for Christie and Foley to pass by.
Above the pictures of the 20 children killed in Newtown, Marie’s sign read: “My friends lives were not trivial.”
Prior to the protest, Christie campaigned for Foley at the Glory Days Diner, and said he would be back as many times as it took to get Foley elected governor.
Foley is in an Aug. 12 primary fight with state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield.
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