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Selectmen support, do not join national coalition

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Greenwich, CT | Added on August 08, 2013 At 01:05 PM

It's not often that the Board of Selectmen passes a sense of the Board resolution but they did so on Thursday morning in support of a national coalition.

The Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence - a local organization formed in Town presented a petition signed by 324 residents to the Board of Selectmen urging them to join the national movement Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Elizabeth Perry, a member of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence said "We are an informal grass roots organization. Like everyone here, we were deeply effected by the events at Sandy Hook. As a mother, as a lifelong teacher and school administrator, I felt I had to do something."
"We've come to talk to you today about how you as our Towns highest elected officials can play a roll in helping to reduce the epidemic of gun violence. We believe the tradegy in Newtown marked a turning point in this country's indifference towards gun violence." said Jonathan Perloe, a member of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence.
Selectman David Theis read a sense of the Board resolution that he felt mirrors the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Prinicples but that allows the Town of Greenwich to have their own voice in the organization.
Selectman Theis said "We are committed to ensuring the safety and security of our residents and children, preventing violence in any form and eradicating any form of gun violence in our community."
Greenwich residents in attendence had the opportunity to voice their opinions on the issue.
"It's really a group founded by Mayor Bloomberg, a billionare Mayor in New York and it's primarily funded with his money and it's his personal agenda." said Greenwich resident Lindy Urso.
"I thank you all for the support. Republican, Democrat, we are all human beings who do not want anyone to be shot."said Greenwich resident Marianne Ramos.
At the end of the meeting a motion passed unanimously to approve the Sense of the Board Resolution. 
Selectman Drew Marzullo voted in support of joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The motion to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns was voted down by First Selectmen Peter Tesei and Selectman David Theis because the coalition's structure does not recognize the Board as a whole as official members.


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