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  • Starbucks Diffuses 'Appreciation Day' Controversy By Closing Newtown Location Early

    A sign posted on the door of Starbucks on Church Hill Road late Friday afternoon acknowledged the “significant passion” on both sides of the gun issue.

  • Blight And Firearms Ordinance Amendments Set For Public Hearing

    Both the draft amendments to the town’s firearms ordinance and an anti-blight ordinance will be part of a public hearing on August 7, beginning at 7 pm in Newtown High School’s lecture hall, the Legislative Council voted Wednesday, July 10.

    During the meeting’s initial public comment period, resident Barbara O’Connor expressed concerns with amendments to Newtown’s Firearms Ordinance, which have been the subject of subcommittee meetings for nearly a year.

  • Biden Says White House Won’t Quit On Gun Control

    WASHINGTON – Gun control remains stalemated in Congress, but Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday he’s optimistic a bill that would expand background checks of gun buyers will become law.

    “The president and I – our team – have not given up,” Biden said during an event at the White House.

    The Senate in April was four votes short on a bill that would expand FBI background checks, and there’s been no movement on the gun control issue since.

  • Newtown Families Return To Capitol Hill Six Months After Tragedy

    Washington- Having brushed aside efforts to strengthen the nation’s gun laws, Congress has turned its attention toward other issues, including immigration reform and alleged abuses by the IRS and National Security Administration.

    But for the families affected by the 12/14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and their neighbors, there is no moving on.

  • Second Amendment Needs An Update

    To the Editor:

  • Legislature Adopts Package Of Changes To Post-Newtown Gun Control Law

    The General Assembly approved a measure June 3 making several technical changes to the gun control statute enacted this April in response to last December’s fatal shooting at a Newtown elementary school.

    While they enacted a statute two months ago that imposes numerous new restrictions on firearm purchases,  tightens school security and expands insurance coverage for mental health, lawmakers have since discovered numerous problems with that measure.

  • June 13 Event In Washington, DC, To Commemorate 12/14

    Newtown Action Alliance, a local grassroots organization committed to reducing gun violence, is sponsoring an all-day event in Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 13, to demand that Congress vote on and pass comprehensive background checks. The events will commemorate the six-month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    A thunderclap campaign will take place at 9 am, June 13. A thunderclap is a social media crowd-sourcing event, and can be accessed at www.thunderclap.it/faq.

  • Getting The Facts About Backyard Shooting

    To the Editor:

    In a comment posted in response to Eric Poupon’s recent letter [“Target Shooting Needs To Be About Safety,” Letter Hive, May 21, 2013], the writer urged Newtowners who find living amid backyard target ranges objectionable to “Get your facts straight and or [sic] don't move in next to an active range and then start complaining.”

  • Getting It Right

    To the Editor:

    A rare F5 tornado leaves a 14-mile path of destruction in a populated area. Twenty-four dead. We are doing something right: early warning systems and education, and more.

    A disturbed young man walks into a school with a semi-automatic weapon. Twenty-six dead. When will we be able to say "We are doing something right"? My heart goes out to all 50 families.

    Deborra Zukowski

  • Taxes Never Go Down, Rights Never Come Back

    To the Editor: