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Connecticut Reaction to Obama Gun Control Proposals

The president unveiled a sweeping number of proposals Wednesday aimed at curbing gun violence. What's your take?

 

President Obama on Wednesday unveiled what is being called the most ambitious gun control agenda in decades, initiating 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” according to The Washington Post. 

According to the White House fact sheet, Obama’s plan includes:

  • reinstating and strengthening the assault weapons ban,
  • restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines,
  • getting rid of armor-piercing bullets,
  • ending a freeze on research into gun violence,
  • providing additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime
  • calling on Congress to pass a $4 billion proposal to help communities keep 15,000 police officers on the streets, as well as new gun trafficking legislation that would “impose serious penalties on those who help get guns into the hands of criminals".
  • Making schools safer by giving communities the opportunity to hire up to 1,000 school resource officers and school counselors.

Connecticut political reaction came quickly:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement:

“In the hours after the worst of our fears were confirmed, in the midst of the grief and sorrow over the loss of 20 innocent children and six dedicated educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there was one question on the minds of people across Connecticut and around the nation: How do we make sure this never happens again? 

“Today the President took the critical first step toward answering that question.  The common sense measures he proposed today are something that we should all be able to agree on, and I want to commend him and the Vice President for their work on this issue.

“I have no doubt that, state by state, we will deal with the issue of gun violence.  Over the coming months, I will do everything in my power to make sure that Connecticut is a national leader in preventing gun violence.  We will take steps to make sure that our gun laws are as tight as they are reasonable, that our mental health system is accessible to those that need it, and that our law enforcement personnel have all the tools they need to protect public safety, particularly in our schools.

“But we can’t go it alone.  We need leadership at the federal level, and for the first time in a long time, we have it. 

“We will not be able to stop gun violence completely, but we can make our country and our children safer.  We owe it to them, and to all those lost in Sandy Hook, Aurora and every other city that has lost someone to gun violence, to try.”

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) released the following statement:

These are strong recommendations, and Congress should act on them now—before another mass tragedy occurs. If assault weapons and high capacity magazines were not so readily available, I am convinced there would be more little boys and girls alive in Newtown today. If background checks were universal, our city streets would be safer. There are no longer any excuses for inaction. If the horror of Sandy Hook doesn't move Congress to act on common sense gun laws, I have no idea what will. I’m so appreciative of the leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden on this issue, especially their willingness to involve the Sandy Hook parents and families in this effort. Now, it’s time to get to work.

JustinEth January 17, 2013 at 08:12 PM
You can put quotation marks around the work facts if you want, but that doesn't make the facts any less true or factual. Sorry. PS: I'm don't see where you're going with the Fast and Furious thing. While I agree that Fast and Furious was and still is a HUGE blemish on the already nowhere-near-perfect Obama administration, the existence of such a colossal failure of a program has nothing to do with gun laws or gun violence. We can still enact sensible and effectual gun regulations. That is that.
Ken January 17, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Um, madison mom, there are multiple causes that factor into these shootings, and the measures proposed by the president do help address some of the issues. Just because there is no one thing that can be done to prevent another event like what happened in Newtown doesn't mean that we should do nothing. If limiting magazine capacity means next time a psychopath goes on a rampage he can only manage to kill 15 people instead of 26 because of having to stop to reload his weapon that's 11 people who won't die. If they're limited to handguns and not assault rifles, and therefore can't aim as accurately and aren't as deadly with their rampage isn't that worth it? Why are you so afraid of having discussions about reasonable restrictions?
MultoBene January 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Justin, OBVIOUS that you only "see" what you want your agenda to promote. Fast and Furious GAVE CRIMINALS ASSAULT WEAPONS and Bullets ILLEGALLY and gosh by golly, no background check! HAHAHA Your methodical idiocy in promoting the obama regime's gun-grab agenda is beyond comprehension. Your "arguments" are seriously lacking in FACTS and because you cannot comprehend a major issue, MANY PEOPLE DIED FROM THIS ILLEGAL maneuver by Mr. President and unqualified regime. You cannot deny that this potus is one of the worst gun-runners of all time, arming millions of rebels, crooks and jihadist crusaders against their countries and our own!!! Count the bodies, sir, you might want to look at who the real killers are in the world before spouting such baloney as you have been. 2012 saw more death in Chicago than in Afganistan! Where is the war? RIGHT HERE, my friend. It really is the people against the government and disarming us, they can win! Reality check for you is definitely in order. I am truly amazed at the ignorance or apathy so many have with regard to the potus' culpability in murder and mahem all over the world...open your eyes, it will open your mind.
MultoBene January 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Bet you've never been to IL, nevermind Chicago Justin. Here's an idea, turn on the news! ILLEGALS and GANGBANGERS in Chicago (if anyone checked I bet the assault weapons were from fast and furious too!!!) will get whatever they want, whomever they want, whenever they want...and acording to the news, there were well over 500 lives lost in Chicago in 2012. Stop spewing your nonsense and calling them factual...you are not.
MultoBene January 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM
PERFECTLY SAID SCOTT!!! Thank you!!

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