HARTFORD, CT — Second Amendment supporters will gather Saturday at the state Capitol to rally for their rights while scientists gather on the other side of the Legislative Office Building to March for Science.
The confluence of events will be happening at virtually the same time Saturday. The Second Amendment rally is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the north side of the state Capitol and the March for Science is from noon to 3 p.m. at nearby Minuteman Park.
Saturday will be the first time Second Amendment supporters have gathered en masse at the Capitol since 2014.
The rally is partly in response to the Florida shooting, which triggered a nationwide call to tighten gun laws to prevent more losses of life to gun violence.
With Connecticut already having passed some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, the group is seeking to defeat two bills that would ban bump stocks and ghost guns.
Scott Wilson, president at Connecticut Citizens Defense League, described the purpose of the rally as a response to policy makers eradicating constitutionally protected rights.
“We have watched as law-abiding individuals have become vilified simply because they wish to have the means for self-protection,” Wilson said. “This is why we are rallying.”
The group has been unsuccessful in previous years in their efforts to defeat proposals they believe infringe on their Second Amendment rights.
Saturday will be the second year in a row for the March for Science in Hartford. Last year the event was held April 22 at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Organizers this year say they have noticed how the harsh partisan divide “has begun to infiltrate science, a field that considers objectivity of utmost importance.” They are marching to ensure science continues to be a non-partisan issue.
“Science is, and should continue to be, a non-partisan issue. From all walks of life, we must stand together to advocate for equitable, evidence-based policy that serves the best interest of our communities,” said Brittany Newman, a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and one of the planners of the event.