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San Carlans Respond to CT Shooting: 'We're Tired of Being Told There's Nothing We Can Do'

An impromptu group of concerned citizens gathered Saturday morning along Laurel Street to raise awareness for gun control in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Connecticut.

As the shock of Friday's lingered into Saturday morning, it prompted a outpouring of more than just grief and support for the victims' families---it spurred a small rally in downtown San Carlos for tighter gun laws and an increased awareness over the plight of the mentally ill.

Several members of the San Carlos community gathered at the corner of Laurel and Arroyo streets on a chilly, gray morning, and although there was the expected hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers passing by, many stopped to contemplate the messages displayed on the signs of the participants.

Organizers Kim McGreivy and Robin Stearns said taking to the corner to get their message out was spontaneous.

"We're forming a group," said McGreivy, who is a mother of a kindergartner.

"This is a spontaneous response to the violence yesterday. We are gathering names of people who want to join us."

A sign-up sheet was nearby for anyone wishing to join the newly formed group.

Robin Stearns said the discussion in the wake of Friday tragedy has to be about  both gun control and help for the mentally ill, which is why the women are forming San Carlos Parents for Better Gun Control. 

"This is not just about mental illness--it's about guns too," said Stearns.

Even McGreivy's dog, Olivia got in on the action, wearing a sign that said "Wag More" on one side and "Shoot Less" on the other.

"We're tired of being told there's nothing we can do," added Stearns.

The women say they will be developing a website for their newly formed organization.

Christa Bigue (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Great story Joan. Does anyone know of any other groups on the Peninsula that are organizing in response to the CT shooting?
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Thanks Christa.....if the passion and organization of these San Carlos folks is a reflection of the greater outcry for change, we'll see more groups forming.
Carolyn V. San Carlos resident since 1978 December 17, 2012 at 04:01 PM
One good thing we can do is to vote for the candidates running for office with beliefs the same as ours. This would be one way to legislate (outlawing) assault weapons and gun magazines that hold too many rounds of ammunition.
Amy Schwimmer December 17, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Can someone provide contact info. for signing up? thanks!
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Thanks for your question Amy....I'll see if we can get you some contact info. Stay tuned!
anon December 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Lets not forget that Belmont /San Carlos is a special place, with strong families and kids that are treasured. As an outsider I can see this clearly. Build on the seemingly infinite beauty and goodwill that exists in the area. Fight the threat of evil passionately but proportionately. Ultimately good will prevail over evil. At least you have good on your doorstep, many don't.
anon December 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
...and yes, ban guns. Now and forever.
Quiptographer December 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Did you notice that the nut stopped shooting when faced with a gun himself? It's too bad he didn't face one sooner. There's no moral / ethical / practical difference between a policeman with training and a firearm, and a teacher or principal with training and a firearm, except the teacher will already be there when help is most needed. Seriously, if it were your child being threatened, wouldn't you want the teacher to stop the shooter if she/he could, rather than wait for police? Rather than let that nut aim at your child? We need better security and a school staff that is reasonably trained and equipped to deal with emergencies of ALL kinds. Let's not make it safer for the criminals through emotional reactions. Evil is cowardly and strikes where people can't or aren't allowed to defend themselves: malls, theaters, schools. Let's make it easier for stand up, responsible citizens to help protect the rest of us.
Judie Davis December 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM
How about focusing on violent video games as well?
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Kim McGreivy told me in an email she will forward info on the new group. I will update the story as soon as I receive it.
Alicia Frangos December 18, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Amy, I will send you Kim's contact info. We are considering starting an online discussion group. Alicia
George Muteff December 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Are you suggesting we arm teachers and other school staff?
Quiptographer December 19, 2012 at 03:04 AM
George, I would feel better if my kids went to a school where at least some qualified staff were trained to defend the kids. You can't force teachers to be defenders if they don't want to, obviously, but the point is, schools should have some kind of plan in place for defending kids if the unthinkable happens-- abductions, knife-wielding weirdos, gunmen, whatever. Calling 911 is not a plan.
George Muteff December 19, 2012 at 08:14 AM
This tragedy has my head spinning; and as time is going by, we're learning more and more about each victim and their families, the shooter and his family, and the community. It is just so incredibly heart wrenching and senseless. Firearm debates are popping up everywhere, along with the Constitution, the NRA and their friends, mental illness and more. Just look here on Patch. Opinions are running the gambit, from complete firearms bans to everyone carries and everywhere in between. Here's an example: http://news.yahoo.com/tennessee-considers-training-arming-schoolteachers-protect-against-shootings-192556978--politics.html I don't see any one solution or a perfect fix to this complex matter, but I don't see how putting more guns out there, particularly in our schools, is a positive. Maybe a trained professional (cop) at schools might help, but that would be more of a district by district decision (I'd think); State and federal legislation, even what gets to the floor, would cover a wider swath and happen sooner. How this plays out with our legislators at both State and federal levels from here will be interesting. It appears there just may be enough anger and momentum and fear (frankly) to get something to a vote. In the meantime, I'm going to continue to monitor the news and discussions on this tragedy. I sure hope something good can come from this.
George Muteff December 19, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Looks like I hit the wrong reply. Duh. I thought I hit reply to Quiptographer. Sorry.

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