One Million Moms for Gun Control Protesting Gun Show Near Newtown Massacre Site

Saturday's "East Coast Fine Arms Show" in Stamford is too soon after massacre.


The majority of Mothers of America made a promise after Newtown that we would not move on again from another mass shooting without action. We must join together to say that this is not acceptable: not in this community, and not now.

— Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control

The non-profit organization One Million Moms for Gun Control is urging organizers of the East Coast Fine Arms Show to cancel its event this weekend out of respect for the still grieving community of Newtown, Connecticut. The show is slated for Stamford, just 40 miles from the Newtown shooting site. Westchester Collectors, Inc. is putting on the show.

Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control, agrees with Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia that the timing of the show is too soon.

“The idea that life has already returned to normal for the community of Newtown less than one month after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is shocking. Newtown residents have not even had a full month to heal,” said Watts. “Allowing this show to go on without protest would be tantamount to saying, ‘It’s time to move on.’ The mothers of America made a promise after Newtown that we would not move on again from another mass shooting without action. We must join together to say that this is not acceptable: not in this community, and not now.”

Kara Baekey, of the Fairfield County, Connecticut, Chapter of One Million Moms for Gun Control said, “As a lifetime resident of Fairfield County, the same county as Newtown, I believe it is too soon for a gun show to be held so close to Sandy Hook. We are still under the microscope of the media, our children are still asking questions, and we are asking for time to grieve. Instead of hosting a gun show, we should be working to strengthen our state and federal gun laws. This is not the time to be celebrating and marketing guns in Connecticut.”

The 8th Annual East Coast Fine Arms Show will take place in Stamford, CT, at the Plaza Hotel located at 2701 Summer Street, presented by Westchester Collectors.

About One Million Moms for Gun Control:

One Million Moms for Gun Control, a nonprofit that supports common sense gun measures, was formed in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, which claimed 26 lives—20 of them children. Our goals: 1) Reinstate the ban on assault weapons and related magazines.
 2) Close gun-show loopholes that encourage private gun sales without background checks.
 3) Set boundaries on how much ammunition a person can purchase.
 4) Limit the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level. For more information, visit onemillionmomsforguncontrol.org

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brutus January 08, 2013 at 02:43 AM
mr. dangerfield, so you only care about gun deaths? if people are killed in other ways, that's ok? of course if you ban guns, gun deaths will go down. there are less guns! but does overall crime go down? good for england and their low gun death rate, but their violent crime rate is higher than ours. people are being brainwashed to only care about guns and are ignoring what really matters, and that is why would someone want to murder 20 little kids in the first place? but why ask the tough questions....just ban guns, right? your claim that if nancy lanza had no guns, then lots of people would be alive today is ludicrous. there are many ways to kill people. and in fact, if he had no access to guns, then maybe he plants a bomb and kills 100 people instead. the point is, you can take away the gun, but the crazy is still there.
sebastian dangerfield January 08, 2013 at 03:54 AM
brutus, You would have to establish that adam lanza had an ability to kill 20 plus people in order to actually mention that that was a possibility. Can you? If you want to bring it to the absurd, like it seems you do (lets not deal with facts, but with suppositions) --may I ask does the 2nd amendment cover your right to own a nuclear weapon? A bazooka? A tank? Where, in your mind-that is capable of enormous elaboration, does it end? No, Id rather deal with reality, even though it does have the inconvenient nusiance of having a gun, that did kill lots of people....sorry to take you back to reality. Lots of 'crazy' people exist in this country....they all have 2nd amendment rights---so in your scenario, you accomplish nothing. I dont deal in absolutes, so once again, we have to deal with things more reasonably when debating me. I dont think that limiting or banning guns will solve all crime. I dont think that only bad guys will have access, and I do think that some bad guys will have a much harder time obtaining weapons, with intelligent application of laws. So, there are starting points to all problems. Im not suggesting to ban ALL guns-- brutus. Do you suggest there should be NO limits? Unlimitied weaponry and access for every man woman and child? Hopefully not-- so please dont characterize those of us who desire less guns in our society to be absolutists-with total bans, etc... A reasonable conversation about the problem is what is desired.
Tom K June 03, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Just what we need, another self-serving, special interest group like 'MADD' force their political agenda down our throats. Do us all a favor and go home!
COSMO P June 04, 2013 at 05:11 AM
I would hope that the One million moms would not object to a total ban on pressure cookers along with a law that only allows you to buy only 10 nails and ban the sale of roller bearings or restrict them to a purchase of only 10. And lets not forget any cell phone that can be used as a detonator for a home made BOMB. Along with every model car plane helicopter or boat receiver on this planet. This way hundreds of people would have been safe in BOSTON.


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