FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2020
In Contrast, Republican Bob Hebert Opposes Common Sense Legislation
RIDGEFIELD, C.T. — Aimee Berger-Girvalo, Democratic candidate for Connecticut House of Representatives in the 111th District, today shared her plan to strengthen and expand Connecticut gun safety laws. After the Sandy Hook School shooting in 2012, Berger-Girvalo worked with Moms Demand Action to fight for gun safety legislation and helped organize three busloads of Ridgefield families to lobby at the State Capitol. Her Republican opponent, Bob Hebert, recently told the CT Mirror he is unsure if he would have voted for legislation after Sandy Hook banning magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. As Selectman, he also voted against a measure supporting “Gun Violence Awareness Day.”
Nationwide, Connecticut has some of the strongest gun safety laws and a gun death rate of 5.1 per 100,000 people, which is the fifth-lowest of any state. Common-sense gun control legislation like universal background checks, an expanded assault weapons ban, and “Ethan’s Law,” which requires all firearms to be safely stored in homes with children under the age of 18, has made Connecticut a leader on gun violence prevention.
However, issues with gun safety still persist; 61% of Connecticut’s firearm deaths are gun suicides and a disproportionate number (56%) of the state’s gun homicide victims are Black. Overall, gun violence costs Connecticut an estimated $1.2 billion every year.
Berger-Girvalo is committed to expanding gun safety measures in Connecticut, investing in community-based violence prevention programs, and strengthening relinquishment laws to prevent those who have been prohibited to have guns from keeping them. She has signed on to the CT Against Gun Violence pledge to take action against community gun violence.
“Connecticut has made great strides in recent years to address gun violence and implement common-sense reforms. But we can, and should, do so much more to ensure that our children and our communities are safe from gun violence,” said Berger-Girvalo. “From investing in community-based violence prevention programs to strengthening relinquishment laws, Connecticut must continue taking steps to remain a nationwide leader in gun safety.”
Aimee Berger-Girvalo is an advocate and dedicated community volunteer who has lived in Ridgefield for 15 years. She has managed multi-million dollar corporate businesses, including working as a General Manager for Gap Inc., and currently works in special education programs as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist. For more than a decade, she has been the director and coach of the Ridgefield Holland Soccer program, a volunteer-run program that enables children with physical and learning differences to participate in the sport. Berger-Girvalo has raised her two children in Ridgefield, both attending public schools. Berger-Girvalo is running for State Representative in Connecticut’s 111th District and has been endorsed by CSEA/SEIU Local 2001, CT Against Gun Violence, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Congressman Jim Himes, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, and more.