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Norwalk, CT Mom Doesn’t Want To Talk About Gun Control Any More

January 13, 2013

This is not about dialogue. This is about action; this is about motivating people to reach out online, with handwritten letters, with in-person protests and rallies to their lawmakers.

— Kara Baekey, Fairfield (CT) County chapter of One Million Moms For Gun Control

©2013 by Kate King, Stamford Advocate; Photos by Christian Abraham

The country has been talking about guns for decades but they’re still out there

Kids have been dying in their classrooms for years — from Colorado to Virginia to Connecticut — and all anyone has done is talk about it.

Kara-Baekey2-CT-628x471lrThe Newtown shooting ignited Kara Baekey’s long-simmering gun aversion. She left work early on the day of the tragedy and rushed home to see her 9-year-old daughter, Charlotte, and 6-year-old son, Benjamin.

“I felt sick to my stomach,” Baekey said.

Knowing Charlotte would hear about it from friends if they didn’t tell her, Baekey and her husband sat their daughter down to tell her about the shooting.

“She looked at me and she said, `Mommy I’m really scared, could that happen in my school too?'” Baekey said. “And I looked at her and I said `No, of course not.’ I knew in that second that I had lied to her, and I was really upset about the fact that I knew that it could happen in her school right up the road.”

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