GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence is set to welcome Team 26 for a rally at Greenwich Town Hall Saturday, March 8, to honor victims of gun violence.
The Greenwich rally is set to run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Greenwich Town Hall at 101 Field Point Road in Greenwich. Team 26 is named for the 26 cyclists who last March rode 400 miles from Sandy Hook to Washington, D.C. in memory of the 26 children and educators who were killed with an assault rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.
"Because no legislative action has been taken in Washington since the massacre, Team 26 is riding a second time," representatives said. The Greenwich Council has formed its own Team Greenwich to ride alongside Team 26 from Ridgefield to Greenwich.
“In 2013 Connecticut passed tough common-sense gun regulations to make our communities safer. Now it’s time for Washington to do the same,” said Jonathan Perloe, a leader of the Greenwich Council and rally organizer. “The rally will allow residents to show their steadfast support for legislative measures that reduce gun violence. It will also publicly demonstrate that Greenwich supports legislators who advocate for stronger gun regulation.”
While the state has "some of the toughest gun laws in the nation," rally organizer Dina Klein Lunder said, "we can't protect ourselves from gun violence when weak federal laws let guns flow into our state from elsewhere."
Upon arrival of the cyclists at Town Hall, a press conference will be held with local, state and federal officials to talk about gun violence in America, including 44 school shootings in the 14 months since Sandy Hook.
“After the Sandy Hook shooting I knew I had to do something to make a difference,” said Liz Perry, founder of the Greenwich Council, “so I invited a group of like-minded people into my living room. It’s been simply amazing the level of support we’ve mobilized in Greenwich over the past year. To honor the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we sent 1,000 handwritten Newtown Action Alliance holiday cards to members of Congress asking them to pass universal background checks. We’re not going away until they act.”