I am thrilled to gain national coverage for my client, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence. Our organization received attention from the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, Bangor Daily News, and the Portland Press Herald.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence will not hold a moment of silence Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting deaths of 27 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“The parents of Sandy Hook have stated that we do not need another minute of silence – but rather that we see the anniversary of this great tragedy as a moment to impact change.”
Instead, executive director Frances Buerkens this week placed backpacks on the steps of the former Emerson School to remember the 20 students killed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza on Dec. 14, 2012. Lanza also shot his mother and six adults before killing himself.
“We wish to honor those students who became victim to Adam Lanza in his struggle for mental health,” Buerkens said Friday. “The parents of Sandy Hook have stated that we do not need another minute of silence – but rather that we see the anniversary of this great tragedy as a moment to impact change.”
Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence will also begin fundraising to distribute free trigger locks through Maine police departments, hoping to reduce the number of accidental shootings in the state.
“Certainly trigger locks will not prevent all household accidental shootings,” Buerkens said, “but if one trigger lock saves one life then we have already succeeded. We recognize that many Maine children live in homes with guns. A child’s curiosity often begets tragedy and we want to prevent such occurrences.”