Newtown, CONNECTICUT (PIX11) — 305 miles is what separates Newtown, Connecticut from Washington D.C. In reality, for many they are a million miles a part.
“It’s amazing when we go to Washington we, a lot of people listen to us, but some Congressman some Senators will no talk to us,” sais Gilles Russea on Friday morning, 180 days after his daughter Lauren was gunned down in tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.
As the families came together to reflect, they also reunited to remind a nation that the fight for gun reform is just beginning.
“This fight is an on-going battle and change might not happen next month, it might not happen in a year, but in due time, it will happen,” said Carlee Soto. Her sister Victoria was on of six adults murdered in the rampage. In the months that followed the loss of innocence, states like New York, Connecticut and Maryland signed new laws to ban assault weapons. The battle in Washington D.C. has produced a much different result.
“I believe we’re going to be able to get this done,” said President Barack Obama in April after he along with Newtown families were dealt a demoralizing defeat by the Senate. The Democratically controlled Senate opted to block legislation to do more extensive background checks nationwide. President Barack Obama defiantly proclaimed, “Sooner or later we are going to get his right.”
What is Newtown like now? Well the road to the school remains closed and nearby memorials still stand. The nations second largest gun lobbyist along with it’s parking lot security detail remains. Meanwhile the local shooting range, Wooster Mountain, just had an NRA pistol training class last Sunday.
At the same time, there is also a grassroots movement that continues to rise. The Newtown Action Alliance has garnered much support, but it has also been introduced to reality of squaring off against the NRA, “Everything we’ve heard about the tactics of the NRA and the gun manufactures has proved to be true,” said board member Monte Frank, who added, “I think we’ve significant progress and I think we’ve got a ways to go, but we’ll get there.”
Then there are those like Gina from Cosmic Knitters. The 14th of every month she has placed yarn graffiti tags at the main intersection in town. Through social media her group’s message as well as donated yarn has span the globe, “I received donations from all over the world, Australia, Scotland, United Kingdom , this happen to come from Colorado and they are very sympathetic with is here in Newtown,” Gina told PIX11 News on Friday.
When asked about the hearts that were stitched on to the yarn graffiti tag she was wrapping around a pole, Gina said, “There are 26 including the educators. So it may stay up for a day, it may stay up for two weeks, we don’t know. We just don’t want to forget them.”
No one does.