Six months after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, the tragedy will be marked with a moment of silence, the reading of thousands of names of gun violence victims and calls around the country to pass legislation expanding background checks for gun purchases.
Family members, elected officials and other leaders will gather in Newtown today for a day of remembrance and a call to action. Mayors Against Illegal Guns will launch a bus tour to 25 states to build support for background checks.
Several mayors in Vermont are banding together to speak out about reducing gun violence.
Mayors Miro Weinberger of Burlington, John Hollar of Montpelier, and Thomas Lauzon of Barre held a news conference at the Burlington Police station. Mayor Chris Louras of Rutland supported the move, but couldn't attend. They want more action from Washington to reduce gun violence and are joining a bipartisan coalition of more than 800 mayors and more than a million grassroots supporters.