More than 30 local residents joined in a grassroots community meeting to end gun violence in Greenwich Thursday, Jan. 17, at the home of Elizabeth Perry on Maple Avenue.
Many of the participants, local parents and grandparents, said this was their first time speaking out publicly on a political issue. The local gathering, organized by Ms. Perry through Moveon.org, was one of 200 similar meetings that took place across the country on Thursday, as mainstream Americans rise up against what they consider to be an out-of-control gun culture in this country.
Ms. Perry said when she agreed to host the community gathering she limited the number to 30. The online registration was filled in hours. "If we had had a larger venue than my living room, the event numbers could have been much larger," she said. While most participants were from Greenwich, some had travelled from New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, and Bridgeport to attend. The group quickly bonded around the intention to make a difference in gun safety and is planning to increase its numbers through the future events in town. For more information, contact Elizabeth Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org