Opponents of gun violence will mark the two-month anniversary of the Newtown massacre with a Valentine’s Day rally and candle-light vigil on the historic Morristown Green.
“The most important thing is for the New Jersey congressional delegation to see and understand the depth of dissatisfaction that so many people have about the unacceptable level of gun violence in this country every day,” said Morristown Councilwoman Rebecca Feldman, co-founder of the Morris Area Committee to Reduce Gun Violence.
The Feb. 14 rally is scheduled to start at 5 pm and last an hour. There will be brief remarks from medical experts and area clergy, Rebecca said. Music by the Morristown Neighborhood House Chorus and Grace Madison Children’s Choir also is anticipated.
Organizers are asking people to bring candles, flashlights or glow sticks for the vigil, and to wear paper hearts–inspired by the One Million Moms for Gun Control “Have a Heart” letter-writing campaign to Congress.
The Morris Area Committee to Reduce Gun Violence is hoping for a big turnout, Rebecca said, because “that’s what it will take to stand up to the NRA, which does not represent most Americans. It’s position doesn’t even represent all gun owners.”
About 40 Morristown-area residents came to the Morristown & Township Library last month for the committee’s first meeting. The organization describes itself as nonpartisan–Rebecca Feldman is an Independent–and defines its mission as “getting common sense gun legislation passed.”
Since 26 children and faculty members were gunned down in December by a distraught 20-year-old at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, thousands more Americans have been killed by guns, Rebecca said.
“Gun manufacturers can’t continue to profit at the expense of our children’s lives,” she said.