Life is busy. We all have families, jobs, hobbies, friends, homes, sports….and on and on. At times, we are weary from being residents of Newtown, where the burden of loss we have suffered is too much. But last night I heard a horrific news story about yet another tragedy involving a gun in Florida, and I am reminded to stay focused on working to tighten this nation’s shamefully lax gun laws.
In the past 21 months, I have met and spoken with many elected officials – both here in Connecticut and in Washington DC – as I advocated for sensible gun legislation. Having spent time with Kim Fawcett on several occasions and after learning about her record as State Representative, I am stepping up to support her for State Senate in District 28 (Newtown, Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport).
I have sat back and watched, read, listened to the ever present discussions in the paper, television and radio in relation to the gun situation here in United States.
My question is this: citizens have you gone to a gun store, and asked for the document (s) needed for the purchase of a handgun here in Connecticut? Note I said bought – not carry that is a different set of rules and laws that we will not get into here.
Thank you to The Bee for your thorough coverage of the movement to expand and strengthen background checks on the federal level. On page A-7 of the June 6 issue, the article that reported on the #NotOneMore demonstration in front of the NSSF was informative, balanced, and timely.
I would like to take a moment and thank Po Murray, that’s not easy for me to say given her stance on many issues being well on the other side of my own personal beliefs! I would like to thank her for providing the list of those state senators and house representatives who must be defeated in their next election cycle!
In January 2013, the state’s general assembly, in response to the Sandy Hook School tragedy, formed a Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety to explore solutions. Many of us urged the task force to support passage of common sense gun legislation that would better protect Connecticut citizens from gun violence.
I’d like to humbly suggest to my fellow townspeople, that - where possible - we employ concealed-carry teachers already teaching in our schools to act as school marshals for the purpose of emergency response professionals in the event of a school shooting. This group might augment and/or replace – if there are enough of them – the retired police personnel being planned for this function.
We might use the air marshal program as a loose model.