TO THE EDITOR:
The latest statistics show that 50% of Americans have been impacted in some way by gun violence. And in fact, gun violence is now the leading cause of death for children in the United States, and the second leading cause of death for children in Connecticut.
As a mother and a gun violence survivor my personal story, along with these sobering facts, were a call to action to help fight the increasing spread of gun violence. I want to help ensure that my child, and others, aren’t in danger of being killed or injured by a gun at their school, school, a friend’s house, a store, a park, or a community fair. We don’t have to live this way, and together we can do something to make Connecticut and our country safer.
One of the first steps in creating a future free from gun violence starts with electing candidates who will implement strong gun safety laws. Strong gun laws save lives. Connecticut has the fifth-strongest gun safety laws in the country and experiences the sixth lowest rate of gun violence in the United States. Some of our Connecticut laws include background checks and permits for purchase, safe storage requirements, and some assault-style weapons bans.
But we can’t rest on past accomplishments, we must continue to elect people to office who are committed to making gun safety a priority.
Candidate Ceci Maher (CT State Senate 26th District), Anne Hughes (CT State Representative 135th district), Congressman Jim Himes (US House of Representatives – District 4), Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Governor Ned Lamont have all been designated as 2022 Moms Demand Action “Gun Sense Candidates.” This distinction means that they have proven that they are dedicated to creating a future free from gun violence and will stand up for gun safety if elected.
On November 8, I implore you to join me and become a Gun Sense Voter and help to protect your children, your parents, your community, your police, and yourself. Vote for Ceci Maher, Representative Anne Hughes, Congressman Jim Himes, Senator Blumenthal and Governor Lamont. Learn more at www.gunsensevoter.org.
— Ellen Crafts
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