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Congregation To Take Stance Against Assault Rifles in Vigil

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork minister to lead multi-faith vigil on the week anniversary of Newtown shooting.

Congregations from the Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor areas will come together for a Multi-Faith Vigil Against Assault Weapons on Friday morning — one week to the hour of the school shooting in Newtown.

The Rev. Alison Cornish, of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, said she has invited all of the clergy from that area to join her at the American Legion, across the street from Marine Park in Sag Harbor, at 9:30 a.m. 

"As I think is the case for everyone so moved by this horrific event, people want to do something — yes, honor the victims, but this is, as we have been hearing on the news from so many fronts, a possible turning point on the issue of gun safety, or gun control," Cornish said.

Several years ago, her congregation was instrumental in leading the effort to get the Bridgehampton K-Mart to discontinue selling ammunition. "We went on to try the same at the Riverhead K-Mart, but were not successful," she said.

"This event has reminded our membership of the importance of faith communities in raising these questions that are important to the whole community, and to take a moral stand, and to put actions to our thoughts and words," she said. "We know that what happened in Newtown, Connecticut, cannot be prevented simply by reforming the laws around guns — it's so much more than that — but having a single sign at the vigil that says 'ban assault weapons' (which is what we've decided to do) will give our Friday event a future purpose as well as honoring the moment in the way that CT Gov. Daniel Malloy has asked the country to do — to pause, and toll the bell, at 9:30 Friday morning."

Cornish is encouraging people who plan to attend to wear black. 

A community vigil is planned in East Hampton Village, by the memorial set up at the Hook Mill, on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Preliator December 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Yup, nice way to politicize a tragedy, never let a crisis go to waste.
tm December 19, 2012 at 06:37 PM
use your head. tragedies or other major events are always what spur people to take stands. the issues get brought to the forefront. of course, if they had planned to assemble IN FAVOR of guns, I am certain you wouldnt be complaining about them politicizing it.
Hazel Wilkonson the First December 19, 2012 at 09:30 PM
An offer we can't refuse
Hazel Wilkonson the First December 19, 2012 at 09:31 PM
And what of your politicizing, preliar? You are like a cricket chirping in the corner, nothing but senseless background noise.
tm December 19, 2012 at 09:49 PM
how mature. Is the "patriot" name meant to be ironic, bc it seems only your rights, and your views that you hold dear.
tm December 20, 2012 at 01:38 PM
perhaps if you, and others, refrained from attacking, insulting, and antagonizing everyone and anyone with a differring view, you would have more pople willing to engage in open debates with you under their names.
Hazel Wilkonson the First December 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Patriot is that not-so-rare breed of right-wing lunatics, incapable of rational thought. The good news is that, just as in the last election, sane Americans are a majority and that majority favors gun control. If there was ever a time it would happen, this is it. Patriot and his fellow baggers can then lock themselves in their mommies' basements and stroke their guns to ease their lonely despair.
tm December 20, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Thank you to Hazel and "patriot" for proving my point. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, be well.
Hazel Wilkonson the First December 20, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Hey, tm, if I thought for one minute that one could engage with Patriot in civilized debate, I would say you are right. Instead of trying to come off as some savior of civility, why not offer real solutions and ideas? I defend my right to attack ignorant zealots whenever I see fit to do so. And happy holiday to you.
Hazel Wilkonson the First December 20, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Yes, patriot, I love my double AA batteries. You should borrow them some time..
Mo Neill December 21, 2012 at 06:36 AM
yes it is answering the politicizing by the gun manufacturers through their front groups of gun nut organizations, like tthe NRA & GOA that they have subsidized for decades. To choose profit over the health & safety of Americans, now enacted into laws protecting gun manufacturers, is political. The crisis of gun violence in America seems to one political party to be a waste. That is why the gun manufacturers heavily contribute to the Republican Party. That party, now taken over by the tea baggers, has always been a shill for corporations & the wealthy in order to subvert our democracy. Their formerly covert buying up elected officials is now openly done, since the Citizens United decision, to give money the right of "free speech." A concept so alien that it's absurd. Guns don't kill people, people do and that is why we must demand a modicum of freedom to not be shot, to not be subject to danger & fear. This is a health issue. The very first obligation of government at all levels is to protect the health of its citizens. It is evident to all that the gun manufacturers have blocked all effort to reduce gun violence & give people the right to live without the ever present lethality of guns in a gun-drenched society. The gun lobby has even successfully blocked previous laws to hold manufacturers free of liability. The Repubs passed a law exempting gun makers from any liability from their product; the only manufacturer in America to have their product exempt from liability.
Preliator December 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM
There is no 'crisis' as you put it, just an attempt by the left to politicize a tragedy to advance their agenda. Barack Obama and the rest of the leftist will murder those children over and over in speeches, interviews and TV spots to get what he wants, to hell with the Constitution, our freedoms and liberties. You do know we fought a war to get these freedoms and we have fought wars to protect them.
Kevin Gray December 21, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Hazel...go f=ck yourself. "Right wing lunatics," "tea baggers," "cricket chirping," Somebody should smack that smug disgusting face of yours. (But they can't because nobody knows who you are.) You smug piece of anonymous crap.
Hazel Wilkonson the First December 21, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Thank you, Mr. Gray, for illustrating the violent, ignorant, and myopic nature of the right. You wonder why we want to keep assault weapons out of your hands? HAH!
Preliator December 21, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Don't do that Kevin, that is just the ammunition people like Hazel want...she prods and picks, insults, demeans and insults those who she hates. All you are doing is giving her pleasure as she luxuriates in self-indulgence. Reasoning with her is like trying to reason with Adam Lanza; they both want to kill you.
Mary Beth December 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Preliator, it is Mr. Gray who threatened Hazel. Hazel wants to kill him? Your comment is no different than his. Just look at the things you've said, "Barack Obama and the rest of the leftist will murder those children over and over in speeches, interviews" Seriously. What Hazel said may have been over the top, but it is nothing worse than what you've posted.
Preliator December 21, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I am sorry Mary Beth but we all know Hazel has a history of inflammatory and personal attacks on those with whom 'she' disagrees. Over the past few months we know that some of her posts have been removed by the Patch staff for their content. In that same vein, Mr. Gray's comment should probably be removed. As for my comment, the context is correct. In the coming months Obama and and anti-gun advocates will continuously reference the children and families using their names and faces to pursue their narrow agenda while ignoring other aspects of the situation.
jasminetea December 21, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Wow Hazel! That's a really broad generalization don't you think. And I totally agree with Preliator 100%.
Mo Neill December 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Hazel dear, keep on pricking these illogical and fanatical defenders of our inadequate gun laws. They bristle when their vile, anti-democratic rants are refuted & laid bare for all to see their lunacy.
christie nicolle December 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM
God Bless the NRA* God bless Charleton Heston who i met years ago...what a Real Man he was, in a sea of immature boys holding us hostage like Obama. Pray 2013 is the year Obama is Impeached or no longer in America's white house -- dozens of psychics predict this. Amen to that!

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