Over a dozen people braved freezing temperatures to gather on the Parade in Shelburne with Gun Sense Vermont volunteer and Sandy Hook vigil organizer Marie Adams of Shelburne. At the tribute, Adams, along with those assembled, read the Sandy Hook Promise, a pledge written by families of the victims, to work together to reduce gun violence. Following the pledge, the names of each victim were read aloud and a bell was sounded, once for each of the 26 victims gunned down in Newtown, Conn.
According to Gun Sense Vermont, a grass-roots coalition of Vermonters working together to keep guns out of the wrong hands, the state has one of the weakest gun laws in the nation. Vermont is the only state in the nation that doesn’t have a state law that prohibits violent felons from accessing a firearm.