With a proclamation read on the town hall steps by First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice, and the support of Police Chief John Lynch and several of the Wilton Police Department officers, Wilton has declared its support for gun violence prevention awareness. Thursday, June 6, approximately 30 supporters gathered at an event midday on the steps of Town Hall, wearing orange to represent the national effort declaring Friday, June 7, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Vanderslice noted that the majority of gun violence deaths happens because of suicide, and said that the issue of gun safety is something both she and Lynch think about often. With several town employees behind her, she asked for a moment of silence to remember the municipal workers of Virginia Beach who were killed in a workplace shooting one week ago.
The proclamation included key information, including the statistic that “…every day, 100 Americans are killed by gun violence and on average there are nearly 13,000 gun homicides every year.” It also noted “…support for the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens” and encouraged responsible gun ownership, two things that go “hand-in-hand with gun safety.”
Chief Lynch thanked everyone for the show of support and noted that police chiefs support common sense gun laws.
As part of the town’s participation, Town Hall will be lit with orange lights on Friday evening. The initiative is sponsored by Moms Demand Action.