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  • Listening To Reasonable Voices

    To the Editor:

    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.

  • Marshals In Our Schools

    To the Editor:

    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.

  • Changing Positions

    To the Editor:

    Hopefully, the [Team 26] bicyclists will accomplish what is so desperately needed.

    Failing this, we have to find a way to make  every member of Congress reveal, along with their vote, the money they have received from the NRA.

    If we can accomplish this, I have to believe many, if not all of them, who voted against controls will find a way to rationalize changing  their position.

    Richard Cole

  • Facebook’s Policy On Guns: Changed? Yes. Improved? Not Much.

    To the Editor:

    Facebook recently announced that it is improving its policies regarding the unlicensed sale of guns through its site. Yes, the policies have been changed, but only minimally improved; the changes will do very, very little to reduce this trade.

  • Let’s Talk Gun Limits

    To the Editor:

    Empowered by Supreme Court decisions supporting an individual right to keep and bear arms, the NRA, NSSF, and affiliated groups have been working hard to expand gun rights and challenge gun limits on the federal, state and local level. Just last month the NSSF's Illinois affiliate won its lawsuit challenging Chicago's ban on the sale of handguns.

  • Gun Control Activists Shift Tactics

    WASHINGTON – With Congress opposed to even the most modest efforts at gun control, activists are pressing a sympathetic White House to make gun ownership a public health and safety issue, and they're lobbying the Obama administration to pour money into public information campaigns and gun research.

    Some groups contacted did not want  to discuss details of their lobbying strategy.

  • Federal Judge Upholds Sandy Hook Gun Law

    A federal judge in Hartford Thursday dismissed a constitutional challenge to the sweeping gun-control legislation passed in Connecticut after the Sandy Hook School massacre.

    Gun owners challenged the law on several fronts, including what the state called "an absolutist" Second Amendment claim that the possession of types of semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity magazines banned under the law was a constitutionally guaranteed right.

  • Penance and Guns

    To the Editor:

    On January 25 my seven-year-old daughter made her first penance with her second grade classmates at St. Rose of Lima Church. I couldn't help but think, looking out at the scores of families assembled, that there were children who were not in attendance because of the December 2012 rampage at Sandy Hook School. Children who died that awful day should have been with us, sitting in the St. Rose pews, making funny faces at each other and listening to Father Bob's amusing recollections of his childhood.

  • Some Disturbing Trends In Gun Violence

    To the Editor: