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NOT ONE MORE – Gun Violence Must End, Add Your Voice

Jonathan Perloe, leader of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, issued a press release today, reproduced below in its entirety. There will be a gun violence prevention table on Greenwich Avenue by the Board of Education building this weekend during the Greenwich Sidewalk Sales days. Stop by the table starting at 3 p.m. Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13, and sign a card to show Congress there is broad-based support for common-sense gun safety laws. Add your voice to our collective call to end gun violence. The Greenwich Council is a Greenwich-based, grassroots organization of concerned residents. Its mission is to join hands with others to work for common-sense state and federal regulation of firearms to help reduce gun violence.

Greenwich, CT – After the Isla Vista shooting, Richard Martinez, father of one of the victims, said “We don’t have to live like this. Too many have died. We should say ‘Not one more’.” Martinez has pumped new energy into the gun violence prevention movement, announcing “I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: ‘Not one more’.”

To act on Richard’s request, the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence together with The ENOUGH Campaign and the Brady Chapter of Southwestern CT has launched a grassroots campaign to send at least 1,000 “Not One More” cards to U.S. Senators who voted against the Manchin-Toomey universal background check bill.

“To show Congress there is broad support for common-sense gun safety laws we asked supporters to make it personal by taking photos of themselves holding ‘Not One More’ and ‘I Vote #GunSafety’ signs” explains campaign organizer and Greenwich Council leader Jonathan Perloe.  In response, dozens of individuals from Greenwich, Stamford and around the country contributed photographs, most taken specifically for this campaign. The photographs are featured on a mailer that urges Senators to reverse their vote on Manchin-Toomey.

The first event for members of the community to sign the “Not One More” cards will occur during the Greenwich Sidewalk Sales. Starting Friday, July 11 at 3:00 p.m. through Sunday, July 13, the three sponsoring gun violence prevention organizations will staff a table in front of the Board of Education on Greenwich Avenue. Other times and locations will be announced.

The event will also be used to promote the ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign, an initiative of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Each day, nine children and teens are shot in gun accidents. One out of three homes with children have guns, many left unlocked or loaded. “Parents ask all sorts of questions before their children visit other homes,” says local Brady Chapter co-president and candidate for State Representative (144th District) Caroline Simmons.  “ASK encourages parents to add one more question to the conversation, ‘Is there an unlocked gun in your house?’”

Following the outcry from Isla Vista, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to increase funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. It’s the first vote on gun safety reform in the House since the Sandy Hook shooting. Says Wendy Skratt, a leader of The ENOUGH Campaign in Stamford and creator of the “I Vote #GunSafety” meme, “We know common-sense gun laws reduce gun violence. Brady background checks have blocked more than two million purchases by convicted felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people.”

With the recent rash of high-profile shootings, Congressional action on universal background checks may now be possible. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is testing the waters for a vote on the universal background check bill that failed to overcome a Republican filibuster last year. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi continues to say the companion Thompson-King bill will pass the House if it’s allowed to come to the floor for a vote.

“We need to keep the pressure on Congress to act,” says Jonathan Perloe. “By helping the community make its voice heard, we are creating unstoppable momentum towards our goal of closing loopholes in federal background checks.”