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Vigils, rallies to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day

A number of events are being held in the Greater Danbury area today on National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

There will be a community vigil in New Fairfield to remember the 31 people killed in Buffalo and Uvalde.  The vigil is from 6:30pm to 7:15 at the New Fairfield Congregational Church. 

In Newtown, Senator Richard Blumenthal will join advocates at a march and rally for action.  Representatives from Sandy Hook Promise, Jr Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Demand Action CT, and Connecticut Against Gun Violence among others are gathering at Edmond Town Hall at 6pm. 

Wilton First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice, Police Chief John Lynch and Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Smith gathered at Town Hall yesterday in observance of “wear Orange” and National Gun Violence Awareness Day.  Also among those in attendance was former Wilton State Senator Toni Boucher, who is running to retake the seat.  She says she wants to work to institute common sense public safety measures to make every community safer for every person.  Boucher, like others, say learning of the horrific shooting in Uvalde brought back the gut wrenching feeling so many felt following the Sandy Hook tragedy.  Boucher supported a massive bipartisan bill that addressed everything from gun safety to school policy and mental health care – a result of the collaboration of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as the voices of parents, students, and constituents across the state.

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