Twenty-six cyclists arrived Tuesday at the Capitol after a four-day ride from Newtown, bringing a plea for tighter gun limits to a reluctant Congress.
"Here's our message: Please put politics aside and get it done," said Monte Frank of Newtown, who organized the nearly 400-mile ride, with one rider for each of the 20 first-graders and six educators slain Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
They lined up on the muddy expanse of the west front lawn of the Capitol with the entire Connecticut congressional delegation in front of them. Their green bike jerseys had a simple message of peace, hope and love on the backs, but the lawmakers spoke of the more complicated reality of getting gun control legislation passed. The NRA and other gun enthusiasts have said that new limits on guns infringe on their Second Amendment rights.