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Mayor stands with Mayors Against Illegal Guns

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Stamford, CT | Added on February 26, 2014 At 03:06 PM

Stamford Mayor David Martin joined mayors from across the country to end gun violence.  

"I will sign on to the bipartisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns," said Mayor David Martin.

But before making his pledge, Martin moved to tears, apologized to Erica Lafferty for the loss of her mother, Dawn Hochsprung.  She was the principal killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

"I'm sorry Erica, I don't know if I could take it if I lost my mom to gun violence and I apologize, because it really hurts me," said Martin.  

Lafferty shared her story Wednesday, among representatives from other anti gun violence groups, including the Enough Campaign, Brady Campaign, Moms Demand Action, Connecticut Against Gun Violence and Women on Watch.

"She died in the front hall of her school trying to protect the staff and students that she so dearly loved," said Erica Lafferty.  "In the days and the weeks after my mom's murder, the support that I saw from the community was so overwhelming.  And I very quickly realized that it was time for me to give back."

She now works with mayors against illegal guns, which fights to save lives by keeping illegal guns out of the wrong hands.  It has over 1.5 million grassroots supporters.  

"I've become the voice my mom no longer has.  I've met some of the most amazing people, people that are so dedicated to this issue for all kinds of reasons.  Most importantly, I've learned that together we can make a difference."

"It is time to end the gun violence.  Enough is enough," said Martin.  "This is a simple decision to make, it was a simple decision for me to join on to this campaign and I wholeheartedly support it."

Martin says since 2011, Stamford Police have seized over 1300 weapons through gun buybacks and enforcement.  He announced police will hold a gun buyback March 29 at the West Side Substation, 400 West Main St.


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