Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton To Greet Newtown Cyclists Saturday

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Ridgefield will be visited Saturday March 9 at around 11 a.m. by 26 cyclists accompanied by Newtown Police on their way to Washington D.C. to petition for stronger gun legislation.
Ridgefield will be visited Saturday March 9 at around 11 a.m. by 26 cyclists accompanied by Newtown Police on their way to Washington D.C. to petition for stronger gun legislation. Photo Credit: Contributed by Connecticut Challenge

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – People all across the country are finding ways to ask Congress to pass stricter gun legislation, Ridgefield will be visited by one group on Saturday.

At around 11 a.m. a group of 26 cyclists will ride up to Veterans Park Elementary School for a short ceremony on their 400 mile trip to the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

The group, Sandy Hook Rides On Washington, consists of a former NCAA champion, a Junior World Championships National Team member, a US National Team member, a Canadian National Team member, a Masters National Champion, and state and regional cycling champions. Newtown residents Monte Frank, Bill Muzzio and Chris Peck will also join parents of Sandy Hook children, teachers and a Vietnam veteran.

When the group reaches Ridgefield, they will be greeted by a rally with Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, State Rep. John Frey, R-Ridgefield, U.S. Congressman Jim Himes and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. Short comments will be made by the lawmakers gathered at Veterans Park, Marconi said.

“Newtown police is going to be escorting them all the way to Washington,” Marconi said. “They have a parade they’re supposed to catch up with based on their timing. And they have communities all along the way that are going to be waiting for them to give them some recognition. All of this supporting legislation at the federal level.”

The team is scheduled to reach the steps of the U.S. Capitol building on March 12 at around 1 p.m. where they will be met by members of Congress and other citizens who want to address stricter federal gun legislation. 

Among the legislation causes they are riding to support are universal background checks, a military style assault weapon ban, a ban on high capacity magazines, strengthening restrictions to people with severe mental illness and increasing penalties for “straw buyers” across the country.

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