DARIEN, Conn. - More than 100 people gathered at the Darien Library Saturday for a discussion on gun control policies at the local, state and federal level.
Panelists included U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello and Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence. The panel was moderated by former Selectman Callie Sullivan and hosted by the Darien Democratic Town Committee as part of its new series "Policy Matters: Conversations that Strengthen our Community."
The panelists discussed their views on legislative changes that would need to be made to reduce gun violence. Many agreed that change would require the involvement of all concerned citizens, not just after tragedies such as the Sandy Hook shooting occur.
"Our community is well served by volunteers and professionals alike," Sullivan said of the event. "Together, we can educate not just each other, but those around us, and work towards meaningful change in our nation's gun control laws, which will save lives."
Several other elected officials were in attendance for the discussion, including First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, Selectmen David Bayne and John Lundeen, State Rep. Terrie Wood and State Sen. Carlo Leone.
“It was inspiring to see so many people come out to discuss this important topic,” said Rachel Martin, chair of the DTC Issues Committee. “The DTC is looking forward to hosting more events in 2013 that encourage dialogue and address issues that cross party-lines.”