Thursday, January 31, 2013
Through Their Grief, the People of Newtown Speak
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Newtown—In a hushed auditorium, harshly lit for television, the families and neighbors of Sandy Hook’s lost children told visiting legislators tonight to take a stand against gun violence, not always prescribing how.
Scarlett Lewis, mother of 6-year-old Jesse, speaks at tonight’s forum at Newtown High School. Mark Pazniokas for Ctmirror.org
“You are our elected officials,” said Nicole Hockley, who last held the hand of her 6-year-old son, Dylan, as he lay in a small casket. “It is your duty to create and enforce the laws that can help us.”
By the hundreds, her neighbors rose and embraced her with applause, as did the legislators. So went the routine all night, where residents aching for gun control or better mental health screening had their say, then left to applause.
Ardent opponents of gun control spoke later, most offering condolences before politely protesting that no new law would have stopped their children’s killer, Adam Lanza. They also were neighbors, and they, too, left to applause.
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“Newtown Calls for Armed School Officers”
Not sure how WN missed this report.