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Local lawmakers, families of victims call for Congress to act on gun violence

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More call for Congress to take stronger measures to reduce gun violence. Lawmakers from here in Connecticut are among those leading the call for action on Capitol Hill

One by one, family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence stepped to the podium to put faces on the grim statistics.

“Hello, my name is Denisha Thomas and this is my 21-year-old son Jarrrod Thomas and he was murdered on January 25th, 2016 and I’m here to honor in action,” said Denesha Thomas, a victim’s mother.

Related: Newtown Action Alliance heads to D.C. 

Others reminded that lives aren’t only being lost as a result of crime.

“Good morning, My name is Jeremy Stein.  I’m the executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence and I’m here to honor my uncle David Stein who committed suicide by gun in 1989,” said Jeremy Stein, Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

In Washington D.C. Thursday morning, more than one hundred family members, joined members of the Newtown Action Alliance to demand more action from Congress to stop the bloodshed.

“We are collectively imploring Congress to pass a set of comprehensive laws that will steadily reduce suicides, unintentional shootings, gun homicides, mass shootings in America,” said Po Murray, Newtown Action Alliance. 

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 But, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal says progress on the issue is being made, evidenced by the results of the November elections.

“We will have in the U.S. House of Representatives new members who are there because they stood forward, spoke out and stood up against gun violence. They made gun violence an issue for the American people on Election Day and American voters showed overwhelmingly they want action,” said Blumenthal. 

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