26 bicyclists are representing the 26 lives taken at Sandy Hook in a 400-mile bike ride from Newtown to Washington, D.C.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, in his last speech in Memphis before he become a victim of gun violence, said, ‘Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.’ Well it’s dark people,” stated Team 26 founder Monte Frank in a speech. “33,000 gun deaths a year, 91 gun deaths a day — in the time that it takes us to ride from Newtown to D.C., 364 people will lose their lives in this country because of guns.”
Frank is running to become Connecticut’s lieutenant governor. This is the sixth straight year “Team 26” has taken this trip to honor the 20 first graders and six educators killed in 2012 and to influence policymakers to enact gun reform. The team stops for various rallies along their journey, and when they get to D.C. on their fourth day of biking, they will be welcomed by Senator Blumenthal and other senators.
“We are carrying with us a petition that has now been signed by over 250,000 Americans that we’re gonna take to Congress and ask that they act to ban AR-15s and high-capacity magazines,” he stated.