NEWTOWN -- The spotlight was on gun violence Saturday in Newtown, as the presidential election creeps closer.
“This is our opportunity now to stand up for what is right,” said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty who represents the fifth district.
Esty, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and other Connecticut leaders, sat with former U.S Rep. Gabby Giffords for a serious talk about gun violence and a need to vote this November with the issue in mind.
“Smart laws, tough laws, good laws that are based on what works in reality are saving lives. They’re saving lives here in this state,” said Esty.
“Be bold, be courageous. The nation is counting on you,” said Gifford who was wounded in 2011 whole talking to constituents outside a grocery store in her district.
Giffords is traveling across the country on her 'Vocal Majority Bus Tour' discussing the need for the majority of Americans who support commonsense gun violence prevention laws, to speak up with their votes in November.
“Now is the time to come together. Be responsible Democrats, Republicans, everyone,” said Giffords.
“We have a vocal majority. Ninety percent of the American people favor common sensible measures against gun violence,” said Blumenthal.
The conversation also looked at gun violence in Connecticut’s urban centers, where community leaders have a vision of what they want to see.
“ Our children can go to school and skip to school and mothers don’t have to worry about them not being able to come back home and we can send them to school to learn about the mystery of 2 plus 2 and bring them back home into their fathers arms,” said Rev. Sam Saylor of Hartford.
Giffords is continuing to listen to those concerns, and spread her own message, until Election Day.