Many state officials are speaking out again against gun violence.
Senator Chris Murphy says Congress has essentially become complicit in these growing mass murders. He says when Congress sits back and does nothing, despite support for background checks, they send a message to shooters that there is tacit approval. Murphy called it ridiculous and unconscionable that Congress won't do anything on stronger gun laws or a stronger mental health system.
Governor Dannel Malloy Monday has joined a bipartisan list of leaders who have signed on to a Request for Information to the gun industry. They want to get a sense of what companies are doing to improve public safety.
The community group Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut held a roundtable discussion last night about gun violence. CONECT is a community organization made up of 27 churches, synagogues, and mosques from New Haven and Fairfield Counties, representing more than 15,000 people from different races, ethnic groups, faith backgrounds, and both cities and suburbs, that have joined together to take action on issues of mutual concern for the common good.
"For a generation, we’ve been hearing that it’s not guns that kill people, it’s people that kill people. If that’s the case, then the gun industry has an obligation to tell us what they’re doing to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them” said Governor Malloy.
Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra has signed on to to a Request for Information.
The daughter of a woman killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School is speaking out about controversial comments made last week by the man known as Joe the Plumber. Following the shootings in California, he said "Your dead kids don’t trump my constitutional rights". Erica Lafferty--the daughter of Principal Dawn Hochsprung--called him out of touch and says none of the solutions being discussed threaten the second amendment.
She called on responsible gun owners to stand up and say enough is enough. "If prioritizing guns over dead kids makes you angry, stand up and drown his words out with action."