Twenty-six cyclists—a mixture of professional an amateur bikers—are making the 305-mile journey from Newtown, CT to Washington, DC to support gun control in light of the Sandy Hook massacre. There's a participating cyclist for each student and teacher killed by Adam Lanza; three cyclists are from Newtown and two are parents of children who went to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The bikers are expected to arrive in D.C. on Tuesday afternoon. The group will ask congress to pass a bill that will ban assault weapons with high-capacity magazines, impose background checks on firearm purchases, strengthen restrictions on those with mental illness from acquiring weapons and enforce harsher penalties on gun traffickers.
The group is expected to pick up more gun control advocates when they stop at Proteus Bicycles in College Park, MD on Tuesday morning.