‘It so easily could have been me.’ Junior Newtown Action Alliance protests firearms trade association in Shelton

Nearly 11 years after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, members of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance protested near the headquarters of the National Shooting Sports Federation in Shelton on Saturday.
Students and families from Newtown laid still on Commerce Drive for five minutes -- the amount of time it took a shooter to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.
“I did lose quite a few friends,” said Geneva Whorf, co-chair of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance.
“It so easily could have been me. I think it was the first day I ever saw my parents cry,” said Molly Zatlukal, co-chair of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance.
The “die-in” organized by the Junior Newtown Action Alliance took place near the new Shelton headquarters of the nation’s firearms trade association -- the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
“Probably no one here in Shelton even knows that the NSSF is here,” said Zatlukal. “I think that providing awareness and telling them who is in their backyard is important.”
Until this year, the NSSF was headquartered 3 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The protest laid in the shadows of NSSF’s new headquarters in Shelton. The message from protestors was clear.
“Even if you move from Newtown, we will follow you and we are not just going to let you run away and hide on your private little road,” said Whorf.
The Alliance is calling for legislative action they say the NSSF opposes.
“I think a federal assault weapons ban is crucial,” said Zatlukal.
“It just keeps happening, we’ve seen it up in Maine recently,” said Whorf. “It’s important for people to realize that this isn’t going away unless we do something about it.”
One sign urged the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The NSSF calls that “an attack on the firearms industry” that would lead to “frivolous claims” against gun companies for “criminal misuse.”
Regarding the die-in, NSSF says they support the free exercise of all constitutional rights.