We are Newtown! We are Hartford! We are Bridgeport, New Haven, Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, and Washington. D.C. Gun violence does not discriminate based on race, religion, or socioeconomic status. It impacts small rural towns and big cities just the same.
In the 60 miles from the Sandy Hook Elementary School to the streets of Hartford, my eyes opened to the plight of our inner cities, where deaths from guns occur all too often. I met moms and dads who lost their sons because someone had a gun and pulled the trigger. I did not know anything about their loved ones or how they were killed. I do now. Yet, for months, all they heard about was Newtown. No one was talking about their loved ones.
I was proud to stand with Rev. Saylor, Rev. Henry Brown, U.S. Senator Blumenthal, Governor Malloy, Mayor Segarra, Henrietta Beckman, and other community leaders. I was honored to speak. http://www.youtube.com/...
Jay Clark and I began our journey from Sandy Hook at 7:00. It was about 29 degrees and pretty darn cold, but a peaceful morning in tranquil Sandy Hook. I tweeted:
We rode a short distance to the Sandy Hook Firehouse and stopped to reflect. An almost full moon was still in the sky as I gazed at the 26 stars which adorned the roof of the firehouse.
We rode through Connecticut towns - Southbury, Woodbury, Watertown, Thomaston, Bristol, Farmington, West Hartford
We rode by farms and orchards. Beautiful roads and historic greens.
We arrived at the corner of Albany and Main in Hartford just as the March began. We rode alongside the March and then hopped off our bikes and joined the procession - Newtown and Hartford communities marching together through the streets of Hartford. We chanted "Justice." We sang spiritual songs of freedom. We talked.
We stopped at City Hall and we prayed:
Along the route, I met moms and dads who have endured the pain and suffering of losing their children to gun violence. Like the Newtown community, they share the need to get it done. Unlike Newtown, however, they have endured gun violence for a long time, and it continues. Unlike Newtown, their childrens' murders have not generated a national outpouring. Unlike Newtown, President Obama has not travelled to their community to console them. But that is all different now. Newtown and Hartford now speak as one voice carrying the same message of peace, hope and love and demanding the same common sense measures to end this madness.
GET IT DONE!!!