DANBURY, Conn. — For Bob and Lynn Taborsak of Danbury, the March For Change rally in Hartford on Thursday was not to be missed.
"We want to see Connecticut expand the assault weapon ban it has," said Lynn Taborsak, a former state representative and onetime Democratic candidate for mayor. "We want to see Connecticut limit the size of ammo magazines. We want to see Connecticut make our towns and cities and schools safer.
"We are here for the long haul," she said. "We will haunt our legislators until it happens."
She pointed to her husband, Bob Taborsak, a member of the Board of Education and a retired Danbury High history teacher.
"We believe in the Second Amendment. He taught history for 40 years ... But we don't think this is what the framers of the Constitution had in mind," Taborsak said at the rally held on the two-month anniversary of the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
The Taborsaks rode up to the Capitol on a bus surrounded by friends. During the rally, Lynn Taborsak grabbed a chance to run up on the steps of the Capitol to see some friends from her legislative days and take a picture with state Rep. Bob Godfrey of Danbury.
But she said her favorite part of the rally was the speech from Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre, who challenged the crowd to act for stronger gun laws.
"We must challenge any politician who thinks it's easier to ask an elementary school teacher to stand up to a gunman with an AR-15 than it is to ask that politician to stand up to a gun lobbyist with a checkbook," said Goddard, who was shot four times, to cheers from the crowd.