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Brady Campaign's 'Lie-In' in Honors Sandy Hook Victims

Twenty pairs of tiny sneakers and rain boots stood next to votive candles Saturday in Justin Herman Plaza as the 26 victims of last week's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting were honored with a "lie-in."

Four Bay Area Chapters of the California Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, including the San Mateo and Santa Clara county chapters, staged a lie-in on Saturday morning to honor the memory of the Newtown victims and send a message to elected officials that, according to a Pleasant Hill Patch blog posting, “Enough is Enough – the Carnage Must End!”

"We will not let Congress, the President, and all elected officials off the hook yet again and this story will not 'die' until they make some serious changes in our gun laws," said a representative of the Contra Costa chapter in her blog.

The "lie in" consisted of people lying down one by one, silent and all in black, to represent those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Names of the Newtown victims and other shooting victims were read as a bell tolled for each victim. 

For more information, email 1ofamillion@comcast.net or go to www.bradycampaign.org.

Ed December 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Weapons that "fire 12 rounds into a person at the blink of an eye"? I'm not sure what those would be. Could you elaborate? The term "Assault weapon" is a red herring. Please define the term as you choose to use it. It's helpful to have the same vocabulary in any conversation. Something that occurred to me, given the time of year. A company will drop millions of dollars for a 30 second Superbowl ad spot to draw consumers. At the same time we are expected to believe that exposure to violent video games for hours on end should have no effect on an immature brain. Advertising (and psychology for that matter) are conjecture-driven, so I realize either is hard to prove or disprove, but it's a line of thought to consider. That PDF looks helpful, thank you for sharing it.
Phillip Bailey December 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
AK-47: In full-automatic, the rifle continues to fire automatically cycling fresh rounds into the chamber, until the magazine is exhausted or pressure is released from the trigger. As each bullet travels through the barrel, a portion of the gases expanding behind it is diverted into the gas tube above the barrel, where it impacts the gas piston. The piston, in turn, is driven backward, pushing the bolt carrier, which causes the bolt to move backwards, ejecting the spent round, and chambering a new round when the recoil spring pushes it forward.
Alyce Finwall December 27, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Did any of us middle age people ever worry about being shot in school? Or at a mall, or at a movie theater? No we did not. We lived our childhoods in blissful peace (for the most part). This is something that every person deserves, the ability to live your life without the fear of random gun violence. The ability to go to school, walk down the street, go to a movie, ride in your car, without being gunned down. This has gotten out of hand, and we are better than this! We as a nation are killing each other with our "legal" guns. It's not okay, and I sincerely believe that.
Phillip Bailey December 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM
To SMD Journal Letter: Guns December 27, 2012, 05:00 AM Letter Editor, What happened in Connecticut is horrible beyond belief. We, as Americans, need to say “enough!” It is time for our leaders to stop worrying about politics and popularity, and stand up for the right thing. We need to, as Americans, let the citizens of Newtown know that their children did not die in vain. That perhaps, through the strong and sensible steps that need to be taken, some lives may be saved in the future. 1. No private citizen may own any kind of semi-automatic or assault firearm. Mandatory surrender of those that do; 2. Selling and purchasing firearms of any kind on the Internet is criminalized with very strong consequences (like an automatic 10-year prison sentence); 3. One firearm per household; 4. Much, much stronger punishments for anyone in possession of a gun during the commission of a crime — even if the gun is not used; and 5. Families with members in therapy for emotional behavior, emotional problems or with any kind of criminal record may not have firearms in their residence. We have become so concerned with everyone’s rights in the past several decades that we have lost sight of our responsibilities. We need to take strong and non-political action to help ensure the safety of our citizens — especially our precious and helpless children. Terry Wyrsch - Foster City The letter writer is a Republican, gun owner and mother of two adult children.
Nina Jhimb January 11, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Dear Terry Wyrsch, your letter is the BEST list of solutions to gun control that I have seen ANYWHERE! Thank you so much for writing this. Nina J - Foster City (Democrat, non-gun owner and mother of one young child)

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