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VIDEO: Thousands ‘March for Change’ to Connecticut’s Gun Laws

As thousands rallied in at the state Capitol in Hartford for tougher gun laws, Patch was on hand to find out what brought people to the March for Change on Thursday.

On the two-month anniversary of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that claimed the lives of 26 people, thousands gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in Hartford Thursday to advocate for changes to Connecticut’s gun laws.

The event, known as the March for Change, was organized by CT Against Gun Violence and included remarks by politicians, musicians, faith leaders and gun violence survivors and family members of others whose lives were cut short by gun violence, including several from the Sandy Hook shootings.

People came from all over Connecticut to be heard and express their views on the controversial subject of gun control, but Patch wanted to know the answer to one simple question:

What brought you here today? 

Sandra February 15, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Donald- did you catch the "intelligent citizens" in Boggs comment?
Sandra February 15, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Congratulations and thank you to these caring, truly intelligent citizens!! http://www.jillstanek.com/2013/01/march-for-life/
Fairfield native February 15, 2013 at 01:52 AM
5,500- but the discussion of this in the comment section is just a way to distract from the fact the change is needed. Congratulations on your efforts to create change!!
Donald Borsch Jr. February 15, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Sandra, I did, but I let it go. I simply don't have it in me tonight to speak to his kind.
R. Ludlowe February 15, 2013 at 02:58 AM
actually, the AR-15 was used. the shotgun was left in the trunk. get your facts straight, Winny. FAIL.
Professor Zwergel February 15, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Are you really ignorant enough to believe the ar-15 was not used? I think that almost all of the right-wing nut cases even admit that it was used, and the shotgun was in the trunk? Or perhaps you are just a simple liar.
R. Ludlowe February 15, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Bushmaster used in the school, Winny. I think the 'mindless sheep' comment was perhaps a precursor to your own ignorance. http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/18/us/connecticut-lanza-guns
Alrick H Man IV February 15, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Listen all these soccer moms need something to do until soccer season starts again let them drive their mini vans to Washington and wave their flags or whatever they are waving if they want to. They have no idea what they want or how to get it, we can tell that by all by their intelligent comments. They have no life so let them have their minute of glory.
Alrick H Man IV February 15, 2013 at 03:45 AM
That one was for you Sandra you should be leading them.
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Police at the event confirmed there were 5,500 people at the rally today after this article was published. Headline, dek, and text have all been updated. Text was missed at first, but is up-to-date now.
Jim Eastwood February 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM
To All I agree with both sides--There has to be a Middle Ground Change!! DO NOT let EMOTIONS rule the day !!! I wonder how many where For and How Many were Against ?? "H" Man I love your comment !!!! -- Neither side is right 9in this Issue, Nor is Either side wrong !!! Think--Do Not let Emotions nor Self Centered Politicians rule I wonder if the crowd brought their Snow Shovels--I have a Hard time thinking there was Parking for 5000 even using the parking gaarges following that Blizzard !!
Sandra February 15, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Alrick-Leading who for what?
Jason Silver February 15, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Here is NBC News informing that 4 guns were recovered in the school. The assault rifle was in the car trunk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98TV7OFazFU
Truthseeker57 February 15, 2013 at 04:11 PM
You need to stop watching that conspiracy video that has been circulating. The long gun they took from the trunk was most definitely a semi-auto shotgun. Look at the round that is ejected from the shotgun. That's a shotgun shell, not a .223. A 12 gauge shotgun shell is usually between 2.5 and 3.5 inches long and has a diameter of almost 3/4ths (.729) of an inch. A .223 has an overall length of 2.26 and a base diameter of .378. You cannot confuse the two. That's the shotgun in the trunk.
Alrick H Man IV February 15, 2013 at 05:15 PM
wow Sandra your surely not the sharpest tool in the shed
Truthseeker57 February 15, 2013 at 05:47 PM
The news also reported that the shooter was Ryan Lanza. In their rush for the scoop, some news organizations made mistakes.
Lynn February 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM
I was there on February 14 and it was an awesome event. Only the beginning. We have the momentum to move this forward to guarantee that all people will have the right for LIFE, LIberty and the Pursuit of Happinees. NO more broken hearts!! We need to register all guns and have background checks. We need reform NOW!! With Love and Warmth, Mom and substitute teacher, Lynn
Winston Bernard IV February 16, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Lynn sweetie....The awesome rally is over. Enough with the silly slogans and exclamation points. When you calm down, please explain to me how more gun laws will guarantee my right to Life Liberty and The Pursuit Of Happiness. Because you obviously know what is best for everyone.
Winston Bernard IV February 16, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Truthseeker...The video IS NBC's correction of their original report.
Truthseeker57 February 16, 2013 at 02:28 AM
It was still made before all of the facts were in. It was the glock, sig and bushmaster used. Saiga type shotgun was left in the car.
Sandra February 16, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Winston I would not trust any "news" coming out of NBC. They edit videos in order to fit their agendas. For example NBC edited the 911 call in Trayvon Martins death. NBC tried to paint the Tea Party as racist by editing footage blocking the fact that it was a black man holding a sidearm not a white male. MSNBC edited footage of Newtown hearings to portray gun owners as heckling the father of a murdered child.
Archie Bunker IV February 16, 2013 at 03:27 AM
More proof of the need for gun control.................... http://wilton.patch.com/articles/wilton-police-thwart-subject-who-had-assault-rifle-drugs#comments
Sandra February 16, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Archie this one's for you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IggAv1Y7hBA
Boggs February 16, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Sandra, right babes, keep your beloved trust with FAUX. Of course you wouldn't trust NBC. They don't have unbiased folks like sarah palin, karl rove, suck toes morris, and NOW, THE HERMAN-ator bringing you OBJECTIVE news! LMFAO ! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2013/02/15/herman-cain-to-fox-news/
julie criscuolo February 16, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Looks like Bogus is comfortable getting his news from the Obama ass licking people at MSNBC. you know Chris get a thrill up my leg Matthews Reverend Al Tawana Brawley Sharpton, Ed Media Slut Schultz, Brian softball Williams, mister Rachel mad cow and crazy Larry just to name a few. no wonder this country is going downhill!
julie criscuolo February 16, 2013 at 03:30 PM
How about getting a clue and start thinking on your own. Know why? You are not capable. Baa baa baaaaaa.little sheep.
julie criscuolo February 16, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Try watching CSPAN and FairTV and you could see hypocrisy I mean democracy in action.
julie criscuolo February 16, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Turns out you weren't so sharp Al.
Alrick H Man IV February 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM
SJ your looking just like me "Trying to stir up the pot"
Michael Duff March 10, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Has the State Police released the full report? I think not. Please tell me Is the goal to stop violence or is it how do we disarm the population? Seems to me the focus is on trashing the 2nd Amendment, not preventing violence. Strange the NRA spokesman said “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” He was vilified and insulted by the anti gun media and most notably Sen. Murphy. Yet the procedures being put in place in many school districts are: lock down and wait for a good guy with a gun. All good people will obey the law even if that means harsh and restrictive gun laws. But please tell me how many criminals will register a fire arm or worry about getting a permit? NONE!

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