Mothers of gun violence victims, state leaders gather for National Gun Violence Awareness Day event in Hartford


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — June 5 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and state officials and awareness advocates gathered at Saint Francis Hospital to discuss the tough topic Friday.

The goal was to raise awareness about gun violence and the toll it has on communities of color.

“I lost my son, my only child, 8 years ago,” said one distressed mother.

She was joined by others who begged for change.

“Thousands of black lives are lost every year at the hands of gunmen,” said Janet Rice, Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

Senator Chris Murphy, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Governor Ned Lamont and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin spoke at the event.

“The solutions to it demand the same kind of solutions that combatting a virus commands and flattening a curve command,” Bronin said. “Let’s end gun violence. Not. One. More.”

Other topics discussed at the event include impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Many event attendees said that gun violence is one significant layer that they have to tackle in order to achieve significant social justice in our country.

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