5 Years After Sandy Hook: Candlelight Vigil Remembers — And Demands Action

Mark Barden lost his son Daniel in the Sandy Hook massacre. He will play guitar; his high school daughter Natalie will sing.

Speakers will include survivors of gun violence, from around the area. A gospel choir will sing.

Of course, candles will burn.

The event is a vigil next Sunday (December 10, 4:30 p.m., Westport Unitarian Church).

Sponsored by the church, Defendemocracy.com, Sandy Hook Promise and CT Against Gun Violence, it’s part of a nationwide effort to remember the 5th anniversary of that awful day — and enact meaningful change.


Westporter Darcy Hicks is one of the organizers. She says, “This vigil is one of hundreds across the country this week. We believe the best way to honor the half million people killed by guns since the Sandy Hook shooting is to insist on common sense gun legislation. The ongoing failure of Congress to take action is inexcusable.”

Hicks is organizing the vigil with the same women — Lisa Bowman, Nita Prasad and Lauren Soloff — who worked on Westport’s “Democracy on Display” march earlier this year.

They’ve gotten help from Defendemocracy’s Heidi Hammer, Sara Kempner and Cathy Rozynek.

It’s a community-wide effort, Hicks says, to address a national problem. For more information, click here.


12 responses to “5 Years After Sandy Hook: Candlelight Vigil Remembers — And Demands Action

  1. Lori Winthrop Dockser

    Go Darcy !

  2. Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

    The Newtown tragedy was not only an attack on the people who were brutally injured and killed, it was an attack on us all. Accordingly, we must support Darcy Hicks and other survivors because I would bet that she knows from bitter experience that we could be next and no one is safe until all are safe. We can do this without sacrificing the core liberties that our Constitution was created to protect. We have more than enough external threats to deal with to get bogged down over disagreement over what is a “clear and present danger.”

    • Eric, thank you so much for your message. I just want to clarify that I am not a survivor of gun violence, and I hope I can say that next year and the year after. But there is no guarantee, especially as things are going. What I do know is that everyone, survivors and non-survivors, need to join in this effort to make change and keep our children safe. So thank you, so much, for your support. I hope to see you Sunday.

  3. Nothing will change until the culture changes.
    If only the 2nd amendment was never written.

    • Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

      The 2nd Amendment was written with good reason over 200 years ago and has served the country well until Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and Kennedy were assassinated. The problems I see with it are: 1. The quality of society and specifically civility has declined in America..2. The amendment has been static since originally written and has not kept pace with societal change. 3. Law enforcement is overwhelmed. 4. America is under internal and external attack and the average citizen seeks to restore a sense of security via a means of protecting itself. 5. Politicians are exploiting the situation for personal gain and electoral leverage. 6. Attitudes are not changing they are becoming more polarized/extreme and the amendment has to change or the situation won’t change.