NEWTOWN - A group of cyclists left Sandy Hook in Newtown Saturday to ride more than 400 miles to Washington, D.C. in support of stronger federal gun control laws.

The group, called Team 26, says it is riding in memory of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, as well as all victims of gun violence.

Rep. Jim Himes biked with the group from Newtown to Greenwich, and says their mission is an essential one.

"Newtown, as appalling as it was, was unfortunately not a unique event," said Himes. "In all of our communities, guns are ravaging our people and our sense of ourselves."