GREENWICH, Conn. – Signs wavers took to Greenwich Avenue on Saturday to show their support for gun control legislation.
The street protest by the Greenwich Council on Gun Violence drew a few boos from passing cars, but mostly solicited positive support from residents who support the cause.
“We started the Greenwich Council on Gun Violence because, after Sandy Hook, so many people in this area felt it can happen anywhere," said Elizabeth Perry, who lives in Greenwich and teaches at a private school in New York. "We want to connect with people in the Greenwich area who are similarly concerned and fighting to press for legislation in Connecticut and nationally.
“The national assault weapons ban of 2013 has been released and it in no way compromises anyone’s Second Amendment rights," Perry said. "We regulate cough syrup and child safety seats so we should regulate guns. Anyone who is trying to get a gun on short notice without a background check is up to no good.”
Fellow protestors Maryann Ramos from Greenwich and Robert Sammartano from Pleasantville, N.Y., are physicians assistants who see gun control as a public health issue.
“We’re medical providers looking to make sure that people are safer from other people who aren’t using guns correctly,” Ramos said. “We don’t need attack rifles at home.”
“I work in public health and spend 70 hours a week trying to take away suffering from children, then you have maniacal people who do things that negate everything I do,” Sammartano said. “For people who are victims of this, I want to have it stopped.”