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HARTFORD, Conn. – Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today declared victory as gun sense candidate William Tong won his race for attorney general. Tong was endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, and his victory will help ensure that Connecticut continues to be a leader for gun violence prevention. Tong made gun safety a core issue in his campaign for attorney general.
“Today, Connecticut honored the victims and survivors of gun violence by electing an attorney general who will take action to keep guns away from people with dangerous histories,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Under his leadership, Connecticut will remain at the forefront of America’s growing gun sense movement.”
“We in Connecticut know the toll of gun violence all too well,” said Abbey Clements, a volunteer with the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America who was a teacher at Sandy Hook School and survived the shooting in 2012. “After the shooting at Sandy Hook, our community and our state were devastated, but we knew we had to act to stop senseless gun violence. Since then, our state has led the way on gun safety and today’s results mean that we’ll continue to lead the way in preventing tragedies like what we experienced nearly six years ago.”
“I’m thrilled to see William Tong win in Connecticut,” said Kara Baekey, a volunteer with the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “I am heartened that we’ve elected a leader who is committed to working hard to keep our families safe.”
Leading up to the midterm election, Everytown and Moms Demand Action volunteers in Connecticut had more than 3,000 conversations at doors and 32,000 conversations during phone calls for gun sense candidates.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs