Himes video takes on congressional inaction on gun violence


Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) released a short video today, June 29, in recognition of National Day of Action for Gun Violence Prevention. In it, Himes visits two sites in the Fourth District — Fairfield and Bridgeport — where a husband and wife and teenager were gunned down. They were incidents, he points out, that did not make the national news but were devastating to those left behind.

“Today is about the victims of gun violence, and the families left behind, in our own neighborhoods and communities," Hime says. "From Tara Donnelly Gottlieb in Fairfield to Solmarie Rivera in Bridgeport, to every other town in my district, there is a family that has been torn apart by guns."

Gottlieb's parents, Tim and Kim Donnelly, were killed when a drug addict entered their Fairfield jewelry store and shot them during a robbery.  Rivera lost her 14-year-old son on Christmas Eve last year during a Bridgeport shooting. Both Gottlieb and Rivera talk about their lives since those events.

Also appearing is Dr. Anthony Bennett, pastor of Mt. Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport.

“It doesn’t have to be this way," Himes says. "We can take action on commonsense proposals to expand background checks, keep guns out of the hands of terrorists or any number of other things. I’ll keep working on that in Congress. But this week, while I am home with my family, I am focused on the family members our friends and neighbors lose every day to drive-by shootings, addicts with stolen guns, suicides, accidents, mass shootings, the list goes on. We are thinking of them and we will not be silent anymore.”