Groups merge for post-Newtown vigil

by Brent Glasgow, Daily Local News, 12/23/12

WEST CHESTER — For a decade, the Chester County Peace Movement has had its members on the courthouse square, rallying for a less-violent human existence. On Saturday, the gathering was different.

Anti-gun violence demonstrators held up signs for ‘Peace for Children’ and ‘NRA Go Away’ on the southeast corner of High and Market Streets in West Chester Borough, Saturday morning December 22, 2012. Some held stuffed animals, in remembrance of the 20 children killed at the Sandy Hook, Elementary School in Connecticut earlier in the month.

In the wake of last week’s murder of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., the group created to oppose the U.S. invasion of Iraq honored the victims with a vigil, and a public stance against firearm proliferation across the nation.

“We’re hoping this horrible tragedy will bring some peace to our own soil, because we certainly need it,” Chester County Peace Movement Director Karen Porter said. “It’s too bad that kids getting killed at a high school didn’t bring us to that point, or at a Sikh temple, Virginia Tech or a movie theater. But these little children … I hope it changes things.”

The Chester County Peace Movement was joined Saturday by members of Veterans for Peace, who were inspired by the group’s decision to hold the vigil.

“We used to come out regularly, but haven’t for a while,” said Chuck Rossi, an Air Force veteran who served from 1966-70. “We wanted to come out and show some solidarity with them.”

Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there has been a mass call for introspection concerning violence and guns. Porter said she believes the America that exists today is not what is should or could be.

“We are in a culture of fear,” Porter said….

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