With Congress on vacation, a local lawmaker is chastising her colleagues for not bringing gun violence prevention legislation to the floor for a vote.
Speaking on the day of adjournment Wednesday, 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty said Connecticut knows the devastation caused by gun violence, citing the shooting at Sandy Hook School. But she says just as tragic are the deaths that don't make national headlines. She pointed to 19 people killed in the capital city of Hartford this year alone.
Esty says no person, no community is protected from the problem of gun violence.
Esty urged leaders of the House to spend their five week recess thinking about all of the lives lost each year to gun violence. In March, she introduced a bill to have comprehensive background checks for all commercial sales of guns. She wants that called for a vote when they reconvene in September.