Gun Control Advocates Protest Stamford Gun Show

Diverse group of protesters deem Saturday's gun show "too soon" after Newtown shooting massacre.

The flyer advertised free parking and children under 12 free. A $1-off coupon was available online. The gun show, The East Coast Fine Arms Show, opened as scheduled in Stamford on Jan. 5, while other other gun shows scheduled in the wake of the Newtown shootings have been cancelled.

The website of this weekend's gun show sponsor, NorthEastGunShows.com, which includes a link to membership to the NRA, indicates a show scheduled for Jan. 12-13th in Waterbury is cancelled.

The East Coast Fine Arms Show at the Stamford Plaza Conference Center was promoted by the Westchester Collectors of Connecticut and protesters showed up in force.

A theme that united protesters was the sentiment that the show should have been cancelled out of respect for the young shooting victims of Sandy Hook School in Newtown just three weeks ago.

The gun show protesters included men and women spanning a wide range of ages, including grade schoolers, self-described "grandmothers," and moms. The youngest protester, seven-year-old Abigail, paced the sidewalk with her handmade sign that read, "NRA Kills Our Kids."

Among the protesters were representatives of Occupy NRA, the Fairfield County contingent of A Million Moms For Gun Control and representatives from CT Against Gun Violence.

A Million Moms For Gun Control's Fairfield County organizer Kara Baekey said, "With less than 12 hours to organize, it was encouraging to see the crowd ... We brought our sidewalk chalk to get our message out—'Moms Demand Action, 1MM4GC.org—as well as hand-made signs. The honks of supporters in passing cars made it more worthwhile."

According to the A Million Moms For Gun Control website, the group has established nearly 75 local chapters across the United States since December 14th, and "is not against guns, but against the proliferation of military-type weapons that have been allowed into society with too little oversight."

Representatives from CT Against Gun Violence members passed out postcards detailing a Feb. 14th March For Change at the State Capital in Hartford, the two-month anniversary of the Newtown shootings.   

During the afternoon, some drivers slowed down to gesture with their middle finger. Others honked their horns in support of the protesters. The protesters disbanded around 4 p.m. The gun show ended at 5 p.m.

Editor's note: This article previously was published by Stamford Patch.

Dan Garrett January 08, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Armor piercing bullets kill our police officers, should those be legal?
all hail the snake oil peddler January 09, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Well (Mr. Garrett) they are illegal... But you have to question the person buying them (illegally). Armor piercing rounds are made for military use. You cannot buy them from a gun show or store. Back to my comment before, it still takes a person to buy the (armor piercing) round/bullet and it still takes a person to load the gun.
Bren Jacobsen January 09, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Well, yes blame the scumbag that did this horrific crime. What's the point of the blame game? I sense a terse tone to your comments Mr. S. Oil ...just think of the 26 lives lost, lost in a matter of minutes, probably not much longer than it takes me to read and think about thesem comments...10 or 15 min. 26 beating hearts then they stop. Silence. guns are inanimate until a person pulls the trigger, then they seem to take on a life of their own esp in these massacres that occur in public places of which there have been a dozen in 2012! So moving forward...do. Keep doing the same thing over and over. When weapons with magazine clips that old 10 or 20 ,30 rnds,when these gt in the hands of insane people look out. I believe that tighter gun legislation, banning these things except for use with police,military, would decrease the odds of mass shootings. FYI there have been several hundred gun related deaths since New tow
John January 09, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Simple solution...The bullets kill, not the guns...sell the bullets like perscriptions....from the police department and raise the price of bullets...
all hail the snake oil peddler January 09, 2013 at 01:35 PM
That is a good idea John, and Bren I believe a tighter gun law can help. To start maybe a background check just on the purchase of bullets would help. Maybe gun owners should have a pin # or something of that nature for a quick online record check. Just remember, the tighter the legislation the more valuable the "black market" could become. It all comes down to the people. In many situations a simple gun safe with locking trigger gaurds is an effective deterant. We are straying away from my initial point (Jan 7th). I was comenting on the picture and statement below it. I was just saying that I feel we cannot blame the NRA, gun owners, etc. People need to be held accountable for thier actions and not blame orginazations or the law abiding gun owner. To make a statement to all, We are fortunate to live in a country where we can go to a bank and not have to get checked/frisked by armed security, military, or police before walking in (this has happened to me in another country). We are fortunate to go to the public mall and not have to hire a personal armed gaurd so we can safely go shopping. To walk into a McDonalds and not have to see the police standing gaurd at the entrance. America is freedom. I am done and getting off the soap box now. I'm no longer interested in this conversation. Thank you..


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