FAIRFIELD — Nancy Lefkowitz could be heard holding back tears as she slowly rang a bell 58 times Wednesday night, for those killed in Saturday night’s massacre on the Las Vegas strip.

Before Lefkowitz rang the bell, she read the words of the poem, “Think of me:”

“Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, and your memories of the times we loved, the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed. For if you always think of me, I will never have gone.”

The candlelight vigil sponsored by the group, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, was held on the lawn behind the Burr Mansion.

“Once again, we have to deal with a heinous shooting,” said Ron Pinciaro, the group’s executive director. “Frustrating, isn’t it?” But when he asked the crowd that had gathered if they were going to stop fighting for sensible gun laws, their answer was a resounding, “No.”

“We have an American problem that Americans refuse to resolve,” Pinciaro said. And while Connecticut has tough gun laws, “We know that’s not enough.”

All gun deaths, he said, are horrific, whether they are from a mass shooting, an urban homicide or a rural suicide.

Rabbi Dan Sklar, the cantor at Westport’s Temple Israel, said he was sorry to have to be there, especially on the first night of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. There was some debate back at the temple, he said, as to whether he should be there or at the vigil.

“I said, ‘I can’t be anywhere else,” Sklar said. “Anyone who has a child, or a conscience, or a lick of common sense knows there’s something very, very wrong here.”

He lead the crowd in singing the Bob Dylan classic, “Blowing in the Wind,” and said, “We can’t continue like this.”

First Selectman Mike Tetreau said while it was an honor to be asked to speak, “I don’t know the words to say.”

When he saw the news and looked at the number of the dead being reported, he said, he thought that can’t be right.

“Sandy Hook hit too close to home,” Tetreau said. “This, as far away as it was in Las Vegas, hit too close to home.”

Chris Coogan, and the Good News Gospel Choir, moved the crowd when they sang “I Need You to Survive,” a song that said, “I can’t hurt you with words from my mouth, I love you, I need you to survive.”

When the short program ended, Norwalk resident Kara Baekey, a member of Moms Demand Action, was more than happy to stay and talk, as she handed out T-shirts, bracelets and contact information.

She has two children, 10 and 12 years old. After the shooting at the Las Vegas music festival, “My daughter said she was scared now to go to a rock and roll concert.” The thing is, Baekey said, her daughter has yet to go to a big concert and now, “I don’t know when she’ll ever want to go or if I’ll want to let her.”

Baekey joined Moms Demand Action following the Sandy Hook shooting.

“We are mothers, and we will never back down,” she said. Their latest mission, she said, is aimed directly at the National Rifle Association. “We’re going after them, and maybe it’s time to get a little nasty.”