(March 28, 2013) – Today, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra was joined by Governor Dannel P. Malloy at City Hall for a rally to urge Congress to vote on comprehensive gun legislation. The Senate is scheduled to vote April 8 or 9 on gun legislation that includes universal background checks. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 88 percent support for universal background checks, including 85 percent among gun owners. Segarra- an active member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns recently featured in their national ad campaign - has advocated for gun restrictions since taking office in 2010.
“Since becoming Mayor, I have made my position against gun-violence crystal clear,” said Mayor Segarra. “I created the Shooting Task Force, strengthened the gun buy-back program; written letters to Congress; met with community leaders and faith-based groups to try and prevent more senseless violence. We’re taking action locally but in the end change must happen federally in order to have true impact. It’s the right thing to do; it’s what the majority of Americans want. The time for Congress to do something is upon them.”
Governor Malloy, a founding member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, released his own comprehensive gun violence prevention proposal on February 21 outlining five areas where the State can strengthen its current laws.
“For too long we didn’t have a plan from Washington when it came to gun violence prevention,” said Governor Malloy. “The tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary changed our state and our nation forever. Thanks to the leadership of the President and Vice President, we have a clear course of action, one that deserves an up or down vote in Congress. Our Congressional Delegation has been profound supporters of change, and for that I commend them. It’s time for the rest of Congress to get on board.”
Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a new ad campaign featuring parents from Newtown. For more information: www.demandaction.org.
For Immediate Release: March 28, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz