Kissel Named to Gun Violence and Children's Safety Task Force Subgroup

The Republican state senator from north central Connecticut will sit on the gun violence panel.

State Sen. John Kissel (R-Enfield), who represents East Granby, Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks, has been named to the gun violence subgroup of the state legislature's bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention and children's safety.

The task force, which is charged with formulating recommendations designed to reduce gun violence, enhance school safety and increase access to mental health care, also announced a series of public hearings. The following hearings are scheduled for Room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford:

  • School safety, Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m.
  • Gun safety, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.
  • Mental-health issues, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.

A fourth public hearing will be held by the task force at Newtown High School on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.

Here are the rest of the subgroup appointments:

Gun Violence

  • Sen. Martin Looney (D—Hamden, North Haven, New Haven), Co-chair
  • Rep. Craig Miner (R—Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury), Co-chair
  • Rep. Gerald Fox III (D—Stamford)
  • Rep. Stephen Dargan (D—West Haven)
  • Rep. Bob Godfrey (D—Danbury)
  • Rep. Toni Walker (D—New Haven)
  • Rep. Rosa Rebimbas (R—Naugatuck)
  • Rep. Janice Giegler (R—Danbury, New Fairfield, Ridgefield)
  • Rep. Dan Carter (R—Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding)
  • Sen. Eric Coleman (D—Bloomfield, Hartford, Windsor)
  • Sen. John Fonfara (D—Hartford, Wethersfield)
  • Sen. Joan Hartley (D—Middlebury, Naugatuck, Waterbury)
  • Sen. John Kissel (R—East Granby, Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, Windsor Locks)
  • Sen. Scott Frantz (R—Greenwich, New Canaan, Stamford)
  • Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R—Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Woodstock)
  • Sen. Kevin Witkos (Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington)

School Safety

  • Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, Co-chair (D—West Hartford)
  • Sen. Toni Boucher, Co-chair (New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wilton)
  • Rep. Roberta Willis (D—Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington)
  • Rep. Patricia Widlitz (D—Branford, Guilford)
  • Rep. Diana Urban (D—Stonington, North Stonington)
  • Rep. Tim Ackert (R—Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, Vernon)
  • Rep. Tim LeGeyt (R—Avon, Canton)
  • Rep. Whit Betts (R—Bristol, Plymouth)
  • Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R—Newtown)
  • Sen. Dante Bartolomeo (D—Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown)
  • Sen. Andrea Stillman (D—Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem, Waterford)
  • Sen. Beth Bye (D—Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford)
  • Sen. Andrew Maynard (D—Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, Voluntown)
  • Sen. Art Linares (R—Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook)
  • Sen. Mike McLachlan (R—Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman)
  • Sen. Kevin Witkos (R—Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, Torrington)

Mental Health

  • Sen. Toni Harp, Co-chair (D—New Haven, West Haven)
  • Rep. Terrie Wood, Co-chair (R—Darien, Norwalk)
  • Rep. Susan Johnson (D—Windham)
  • Rep. Cathy Abercrombie (D—Berlin, Meriden)
  • Rep. Robert Megna (D—New Haven)
  • Rep. Betsy Ritter (D—Montville, Waterford)
  • Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R—Glastonbury)
  • Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R—Monroe, Newtown)
  • Sen. Terry Gerratana (D—Berlin, Farmington, New Britain)
  • Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D—Milford, Orange, West Haven, Woodbridge)
  • Sen. Joe Crisco (D—Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, Woodbridge)
  • Sen. Rob Kane (R—Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury)
  • Sen. Kevin Kelly (R—Monroe, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford)
  • Sen. Joe Markley (R—Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Waterbury, Wolcott)
  • Sen. Jason Welch (R—Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston)
Paul Bahre January 22, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Not that he is really going to have a say on any of this the Democrats are going to do what they want to do no matter how many people in the state oppose it. They feel that no one in the state should own any firearms and they have been waiting for such a tragedy as Sandy hook to confiscate all our guns. I have a 9mm with 16 round clips and I'm sure these people are going to make them ilegal. And hey liberal creeps out there to come back to me and say why do I need 16 rounds? Because 16 is always better than 10. I say why do you want to limit me to 10 rounds? The purpose of the gun is protection and I would hate to have to reload and be caught a little short.
Spiff January 22, 2013 at 04:43 PM
A LITTLE GUN HISTORY In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ Germany established gun control in1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ Guatemala established gun control in1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ---- ------------- ------------- Uganda established gun control in1970. >From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ Cambodia established gun control in1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ----------------------------- Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
Spiff January 22, 2013 at 04:48 PM
From the World Health Organization: The latest Murder Statistics for the world: Murders per 100,000 citizens Honduras 91.6 El Salvador 69.2 Cote d'lvoire 56.9 Jamaica 52.2 Venezuela 45.1 Belize 41.4 US Virgin Islands 39.2 Guatemala 38.5 Saint Kits and Nevis 38.2 Zambia 38.0 Uganda 36.3 Malawi 36.0 Lesotho 35.2 Trinidad and Tobago 35.2 Colombia 33.4 South Africa 31.8 Congo 30.8 Central African Republic 29.3 Bahamas 27.4 Puerto Rico 26.2 Saint Lucia 25.2 Dominican Republic 25.0 Tanzania 24.5 Sudan 24.2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 22.9 Ethiopia 22.5 Guinea 22.5 Dominica 22.1 Burundi 21.7 Democratic Republic of the Congo 21.7 Panama 21.6 Brazil 21.0 Equatorial Guinea 20.7 Guinea-Bissau 20.2 Kenya 20.1 Kyrgyzstan 20.1 Cameroon 19.7 Montserrat 19.7 Greenland 19.2 Angola 19.0 Guyana 18.6 Burkina Faso 18.0 Eritrea 17.8 Namibia 17.2 Rwanda 17.1 Mexico 16.9 Chad 15.8 Ghana 15.7 Ecuador 15.2 North Korea 15.2 Benin 15.1 Sierra Leone 14.9 Mauritania 14.7 Botswana 14.5 Zimbabwe 14.3 Gabon 13.8 Nicaragua 13.6 French Guiana 13.3 Papua New Guinea 13.0 Swaziland 12.9 Bermuda 12.3 (continued below)
Spiff January 22, 2013 at 04:49 PM
(continued from above) Comoros 12.2 Nigeria 12.2 Cape Verde 11.6 Grenada 11.5 Paraguay 11.5 Barbados 11.3 Togo 10.9 Gambia 10.8 Peru 10.8 Myanmar 10.2 Russia 10.2 Liberia 10.1 Costa Rica 10.0 Nauru 9.8 Bolivia 8.9 Mozambique 8.8 Kazakhstan 8.8 Senegal 8.7 Turks and Caicos Islands 8.7 Mongolia 8.7 British Virgin Islands 8.6 Cayman Islands 8.4 Seychelles 8.3 Madagascar 8.1 Indonesia 8.1 Mali 8.0 Pakistan 7.8 Moldova 7.5 Kiribati 7.3 Guadeloupe 7.0 Haiti 6.9 Timor-Leste 6.9 Anguilla 6.8 Antigua and Barbuda 6.8 Lithuania 6.6 Uruguay 5.9 Philippines 5.4 Ukraine 5.2 Estonia 5.2 Cuba 5.0 Belarus 4.9 Thailand 4.8 Suriname 4.6 Laos 4.6 Georgia 4.3 Martinique 4.2 And United States 4.2 ALL the countries except United States have 100% gun bans or are close to it.
Spiff January 22, 2013 at 05:00 PM
According to the FBI, the #1 weapon used in violent crimes is a baseball bat. (Please refer to graph posted above.) Why is there no outcry to restrict baseball bat ownership? Maybe because so many law abiding citizens enjoy them safely, for sport. Hmmmmmm.... Gotta make you wonder.


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