Saturday marks a year to the day since a gunman killed 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. To remember the lives lost, a group of community leaders and activists will hold a vigil this weekend in Sunnyvale, a city that grappled with a massacre of its own in 1988.
“South Bay shares a unique solidarity with Newtown and Sandy Hook,” organizer Alison Abramowitz says, referring to the shooting 25 years ago at ESL Incorporated that left seven dead.
Last month, Sunnyvale voters passed a local gun control ordinance that requires gun owners to lock up their weapons when not in use, to report stolen or lost firearms to police within two days and for ammo sellers to keep records of buyers’ names. It also prohibits magazines that hold 10 or more rounds. The legislation came as a reaction to the school shooting a coast away. The law is now being challenged in court by a gun store and industry trade group.
Santa Clara County held gun buybacks earlier this year that cost $170,000 and netted more than 1,700 weapons, including dozens of assault rifles. San Jose plans to hold another buyback this Saturday. Seventy-one backers helped raise $18,499 via crowd-funding site http://www.gunbygun.org.
Since the Sandy Hook massacre, at least 194 children in the U.S. have been shot to death—including 127 who died of gunshot wounds in their own homes, according to a tally by Mother Jones.
Dr. Judith Palfrey, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics who holds positions at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, told Mother Jones that the Newtown shooting “concentrated the horror in one place,” but that the problem persists day to day across the country, unnoticed because the incidents are separated by time and geography and reported as isolated cases instead of as part of a national crisis.
WHAT: Newtown remembrance and community gathering
WHEN: 1 to 3pm Saturday
WHERE: St. Cyprian Church, 1133 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale
INFO: Alison Abramowitz, Remembering Newtown Organizing Committee, [email protected]