Himes to talk gun violence at Norwalk Dem fundraiser

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich). (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

Congressman Himes to speak on gun violence at Norwalk District D fund-raiser April 8

            Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes (D-04) will be the featured speaker at the Norwalk District D Democratic Committee’s annual Spring Fund-Raiser Celebration on Sunday, April 8, at the home of Tish Gibbs and former Mayor Bill Collins, 32 Allen Road.

            “The public is invited to attend to hear the Congressman’s plan to prevent gun violence in America,” said Donna King, District D co-chair with Kay Anderson. The program, celebrating Spring as a time of renewal, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. The suggested admission is $25, and District D Treasurer Robert Hard said donors will be asked to complete an Individual Contributor Certification Form.

            Kay Anderson noted that for the first time, the committee will also hold a special silent auction, and its full proceeds will go to support the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, formed when 20 children and six adults were fatally gunned down in Newtown in 2012. The national non-profit foundation focuses in part  on preventing gun and other violence through education and organization of individuals and mental health groups. A member of Sandy Hook Promise will be at the Norwalk event.

            Further information about the organization is available at donate.sandyhookpromise.org.

            Congressman Himes has sponsored or co-sponsored nine gun violence prevention bills in this session to, among other things, close legal loopholes, protect victims of domestic abuse and stalking, ban bump stock devices and high capacity magazines, and establish a select committee on gun violence prevention.

            This week, he asked citizens to sign his Facebook petition at [email protected] and stand with him.

            “I’m ready to discuss each of these proposals, and I’m ready to vote,” he said. “The NRA (National Rifle Association) has one agenda: selling more weapons.”

            “My agenda? Saving lives.”



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Rick March 17, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Jim thank you for coming to Norwalk and take time out of your busy schedule as it is our saga with the Federal half way house and our requests for help from you were went ignored for over a year.

Right now our state reps need your help they too seem to be busy on casino and gun laws they cant get a handle on as of Friday they have ignored things you may speak about.

We realize its hard to point fingers at your own party but while we have your attention this Cal bridge failure has yet another political paradox with our state delegation.

This latest info could use your expertise at the federal level.

The company FIGG .

Firm Inspecting New London’s Gold Star Bridge Project Also Designed Collapsed Florida Pedestrian Bridge


As it was pointed out by our own NON newsroom FIGG has the contract with Ct for the Gold star bridge’

with all the concern about bridge safety FIGG had this to report

The engineering company, Figg Bridge Engineers, delivered a technical presentation on the crack, and “concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge,” the statement said.

While some of your supporters may have to drive over CT bridges to vote for you next election cycle can you please look into the safety of our bridges as well like the gun issue at hand.

Our State as you know is broke and having this last bridge tragedy needs the big guns. We know you realize a bridge failure hit Ct many years ago one more reason while your in DC to look out for us and make sure money for gun laws and bridges that should be your priority .

Thank you again Jim and good luck with your future political endeavors most of us that would of voted for you wont based on your lack of compassion and indulgence when we asked for help.

Not even a phone call to those you once called constituents should be noted.

Tysen Canevari March 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

Maybe after Jim has wine and cheese with Tish and Bill he can drive around the corner to my house and explain why my health insurance went up again $300 a month. How about the gas tax that you and the crappy governor support? While eliminating the gun violence is a great cause why don’t you do something when the press isn’t staring you in the face? Connecticut has become one of the worst states to live in because of the cost of simply existing here. Maybe you can share your lifetime benefits you receive as being a politician. Feel free to stop by my house anytime!

Patrick Cooper March 17, 2018 at 9:25 pm

Sorry to our Senator Himes – respectfully, you are simply posturing. You KNOW this will result in absolutely nothing. But it will create some real “feel good” moments – and then – nothing. Perhaps we will pass more legislation in CT – but how does that stop the flow of guns purchased in North Carolina and brought to CT via I-95?

Senator Himes – why not solve the REAL, true issue: special interest money controlling candidates – across both parties. Perhaps because that is not in your best interest? I get you are a unicorn – a democrat with ties to Goldman Sachs – but still. Money corrupts.

Legitimately – the reason you see the abject rejection of gun control in this country is the power the NRA has to truly alter elections. Candidates of both parties know – defy them – and you’re out. Non-negotiable. Challenge them on any measure – and the NRA will put unmatchable resources behind whatever candidate will toe the line, even defy their constituents – and vote the NRA agenda. It is this power all candidates fear. They only grow a spine when they announce retirement.

Trump is a glaring example. He had some tough words – even belittled Senators Manchin & Toomey from gun friendly states WVA & PA that they were afraid of the NRA – but one quick meeting with Chris Cox (NRA lobbyist) and his tune changes 180 degrees. Who controls whom?

Accordingly – this is the case with any powerful lobby. Energy, banks, ethanol, military spending, and how about health care – and big pharma. We have an opioid crisis – hear any of our CT representatives take on fentanyl maker Purdue Pharma (Stamford CT)?

If you want my forever respect – propose overturning “Citizens United”. Stop the flow of money – dark and corporatist – to candidates of all parties. Corporations are not people – they are not entitled to pollute the political process in ways an individual or even a banded group of individuals cannot match. And oh by the way – same goes for unions. You see – both sides feed from a trough.

I’m sure the wine and hors d’oeuvres will be splendid. But unless you go for the root cause – you’re not fixing anything. Have a nice evening.

Rick March 18, 2018 at 5:18 am

Its nice to see a lot of us think more than one issue per term is expected from our Congressman.

Chris Murphy has gone from



Washington – Sen. Chris Murphy’s campaign for re-election raised $1.5 million in the last quarter of 2017, his campaign officials said.

Year-end reports to the Federal Elections Commission are not due until Jan. 31, but Murphy’s campaign decided on an early release of some information.

It said Murphy ended the year with $7 million in cash on hand and raised “an unprecedented $10.4 million” in his first bid for re-election.

now we have Jim

Representative Himes has an estimated net worth of $6.5 M as of 2014, making him significantly wealthier than the average member of Congress and third among all members from Connecticut.

Himes’ net worth was 6.1 times more than the average member of Congress and 7.7 times more than the average representative. When compared to the Connecticut Congressional Delegation, Himes had a net worth that was 1.2 times more than the average.

It may not be all about the money but a lot of us think those who don’t have a lot of it to give are ignored .

Seems the Democrats have a Republican money tree and want us to think its has a deprived vegetation problem.

Until Ct politicians realize the rest of us are hurting , none of them can be taken seriously.

Spend more time fighting for us and less time fighting Trump would be a good start.

Bryan Meek March 18, 2018 at 9:08 am

Will Himes ever take responsibility for his ardent support of the Dodd Frank legislation that has resulted in crippling effects on our local investment banking industry. With RBS, UBS, and GE eliminating 1000s of high paying jobs in lower Fairfield County, what is the Congressman’s plan to restore jobs to the region and stop the blood bath in our local housing industry? I didn’t agree with Chris Shays on everything, but the guy stood up for his constituents. Himes is bought and paid for by his national party that never offers any real solutions, just opposition.

Ron Morris March 18, 2018 at 6:04 pm

Thank You Mr Himes for standing up for your constituents. Unlike the Republicans who have blood on their hands from standing up for the NRA.

Donna Smirniotopoulos March 18, 2018 at 6:54 pm

Agree with Patrick Cooper that money, whether NRA or NEA, drives the political agenda, especially since Citizens United pulled a blanket over our eyes. The NRA is known to lobby on behalf of GOP candidates and frankly any candidate who opposes a pro-gun-control candidate. In fact, the NRA helped Independent Bernie Sanders beat Democrat Peter Smith take Vernmont’s house seat in 1990. I guess that means by Ron’s metric that Bernie has blood on his hands too. The Bros will be bummed to hear this.

Wayne LaPierre is a bit of a menace to society. But responsible gun owners are not. And the narrative that blames only guns and nothing else for gun deaths is a partisan story. It took more than an AR15 in Sandy Hook. It took a negligent parent who didn’t know better than to lock up her arsenal. If her son hadn’t murdered her first, she would have been held legally responsible for those deaths. In Parkland, it took more than an AR15 to slaughter 17 innocent students and teachers. Law enforcement completely failed those children.

Mass shootings are tragic, heartbreaking and thankfully rare. Since 1966–the year of the Whitman sniper shootings at UT, 1077 people have been killed in the US in “mass shootings”—defined as those with four or more victims. By contrast nearly 3 million people die worldwide each year from obesity related diseases, including 300,000 in the US. Mr. Himes, in 2016, received a $2000 donation from Nestle, one of the largest donations Nestle made. Does this mean Mr. Himes has the blood of obesity related deaths on his hands? Hardly.

Donna Smirniotopoulos March 20, 2018 at 8:11 am

@Ron Morris, try reading past the headline, or ask Nancy to fact check you. The very article you link above lists Bernie Sanders as the ONLY non-Republican who makes it into the TOP 25 recipients of NRA cash—he received $11,129. I guess the fact that Bernie is a Socialist makes Democratic claims that the NRA is a GOP lobbying group somewhat true, just as the NEA is a democratic lobbying group.

Ron Morris March 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm

You are correct. However this does not change that “NRA and other gun groups target 98% of their campaign contributions to Republicans”

Rick March 22, 2018 at 9:21 am

Lets talk what goes on in Ct Jim, seems our laws clearly don’t work unless the courts maintain a standard on folks who use guns the wrong way.

A former Stamford man was shot and killed by deputies in Nassau County, Florida, after he opened fire during a standoff on Wednesday, according to a report.

Raffaeli was nearly killed in a shootout in Stamford in July 2016. He also had prior drug and gun charges in the city.

Have to wonder if he got a Malloy princess pass? less than two years after a shootout with police in Ct put him armed back in Fla.

Suggesting tough gun laws with this guy ,may not have been enough.Like so many more cases it seems we are asking for things that may not work, Fla made it work whats Ct problem?

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