It\u2019s gun violence awareness month in Ridgefield this June, and for the second year in a row a resolution approving the proclamation passed the Board of Selectmen 4-to-1 with a dissenting vote from Bob Hebert. \u201cIt\u2019s not that I support gun violence \u2014 I don\u2019t,\u201d Hebert said. \u201cI don\u2019t know anybody in my circle of acquaintances and friends that supports gun violence. \u201cI\u2019d be very supportive of a proclamation that supports gun safety,\u201d he said. The gun violence awareness proclamation, supplied by a local branch of a national group, states that \u201cin an average month 2,790 Americans are killed by gun violence and another 6,600 are injured, totalling more than one half million people killed or injured since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.\u201d The Board of Selectmen\u2019s other members wanted to drop the proclamation or amend it to be a statement on \u201cgun safety.\u201d The proclamation, as approved, does address one aspect of the gun safety issue: \u201c...the Town of Ridgefield encourages all to recognize that guns and ammunition must be stored separately in securely protected locations\u201d it says, adding that \u201cJune 21 has been designated National ASK Day to remind parents and guardians to keep their children safe by asking if guns in their homes are locked and secured.\u201d \u2018Complex set of issues\u2019 Hebert, concerned he would be misquoted on the issue, offered a prepared statement: \u201cI don\u2019t \u2018support\u2019 gun violence, and I don\u2019t know anyone who does,\u201d he said. \u201cLast year, we were asked to sign a \u2018Gun Violence Awareness Day Proclamation.\u2019 At that time I said I would not sign a proclamation that promotes a false narrative and actually prevents real progress toward meaningful solutions. I also said that I believe the proclamation oversimplified a very complex set of issues. \u201cHowever, I did agree to support a proclamation that promotes \u2018Gun Safety Awareness\u2019 with goals and objectives that can be measured, and that seek real solutions for a wide range of motivations and causes of violence such as religious hatred, racial animus, mental health, cultural decay, and personal identity crisis to mention a few. \u201cWhat progress was made and what meaningful solution have we seen since signing a Proclamation for Gun Violence Awareness Day last year?\u201d Hebert said. \u201cThis year, I ask you to consider signing a proclamation that honors all victims of violence, and one that promotes a powerful message of nonviolence \u2014 period.\u201d Retain Nina Johnsrud, a Ridgefielder who attended the June 7 selectmen\u2019s meeting in support for the proclamation, objected. \u201cDon\u2019t water this down,\u201d she told the selectmen. \u201cThe way I think of our movement: There\u2019s a cancer in our country,\u201d she said. \u201c...We happen to be part of a movement that\u2019s trying to stop the cancer in our country that stems from deaths from guns.\u201d The Board of Selectmen\u2019s motion to approve the gun violence awareness month was made by Barbara Manners, seconded by Steve Zemo, and passed with Rudy Marconi and Maureen Kozlark joining them in support, while Hebert opposed.