KATONAH, N.Y.— Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, moms all over the country have been mobilized to push for stricter gun laws, including Katonah resident Julie Ros, head of the new Northern Westchester chapter of Million Mom March (MMM).
Ros heads the 100-member chapter of the gun safety movement founded in 2000. MMM is affiliated with the Brady Campaign, the nation’s largest gun control organization.
On Thursday, Feb. 14, anti-gun groups like Million Mom March, One Million Moms for Gun Control and others will march on the state capitol in Hartford, Conn. to demand stricter state gun laws. Out of state groups, which include some from Westchester, will lend their support to the Connecticut marchers Thursday.
Thursday's March for Change rally for sensible legislation to strengthen state gun laws takes place on the two-month anniversary of the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. where 26 people were killed including 20 children ages 6 and 7years old.
“On Dec. 14, I along with everyone else, watched in horror, cried and talked to my children about what happened,” said Ros, MMM's Northern Westchester chapter head. “By Saturday, Dec. 15, I was tired of crying and reading people's posts about gun violence and wanted to do something,” she said.
After Sandy Hook, Ros said she contacted MMM founder Donna Dees-Thomases, whom she worked with at the Brady Campaign in New York City, to ask whether there was a Westchester chapter. Dees-Thomases named Ros the new chapter’s leader on the spot, she said.
The Sandy Hook shooter 20-year-old Adam Lanza was armed with three semi-automatic weapons: a Bushmaster rifle, a Glock handgun and another handgun, all of which police said he got from the house where he lived with his mother, who was reportedly a gun enthusiast.
To this end, groups such as the Northern Westchester chapter of MMM will be calling for a range of gun control legislation Thursday, including the ban of bullet magazines of more than 10 rounds, the requirement of background checks for all gun purchasers, the reporting of sales of large quantities of ammunition to federal officials, and a limit to the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level, according to a news release.
Actress Christine Baranski will host Thursday’s rally in Hartford, Conn., which is presented by CT Against Gun Violence's March for Change organization. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and local and state politicians will attend the march, as will Veronique Pozner, the mother of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner, and two survivors of the Virginia Tech and Aurora, Co. shootings.