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Group Calls for Stricter CT Gun Laws

The following is a press release from Nancy Alderman, President of Environment and Human Health, Inc.

 

Nancy Alderman writes:

Environment and Human Health, Inc.  is calling for stricter gun laws in Connecticut.

The 20 children in Newtown and some of their teachers were killed in under 2 minutes. If that does not make the case for assault rifles and guns/pistols that can shoot many rounds of bullets is succession to be banned -- nothing ever will.         

CT needs to:        

  • 1. Ban all assault rifles in Connecticut.   When CT banned assault rifles in the 1990's they allowed those that already existed to be  grand-fathered in - that has to change. They must now all be banned;        
  • 2. Guns/pistols that shoot many rounds of bullets need to be banned in the state;        
  • 3. Guns should not be unprotected in peoples homes.        
  • 4. To see the gun laws in CT go to  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_Connecticut        
  • 5. We need the  Governor to lead  on this - and the legislature to follow.                                            
David King December 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM
What a baboon...djk
Robert Jochim December 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” - Richard Henry Lee - VA Continental Congressman who proposed resolution of Independence
Joe Loschiavo December 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Well intentioned but simply will not help us achieve the desired outcomes. 1) These recent shootings could have been just as easily carried out with a pistol. A rifle only gives you a real advantage at longer ranges, not in the close confines of a building 2)What is the limit for pistols? 1 bullet? 3? First of all, we know that thousands of people defend themselves with guns every year. That is a fact. If we reduce the number of bullets to some artificially low number, you basically negate the gun's capability. Criminals running rampant in a liberal created "gun free zone" will simply reload their weapons anyway and they will do so with no resistance. 3) I agree 1,000%. But how do you enforce that? Are you going to send the police to everyone's home every day to make sure? It goes without saying that this kid should not have had access to firearms but we don't really know yet how he got access to them in this case as both he and his mother are gone. I have some ideas how to get people to do it better but this will turn into War and Peace if I go there. What I'd be in favor of doing is having stiffer checks regarding mental health as well as studies conducted to understand people's minds better. Maybe require a permit for all gun ownership, not just pistols. We also need a federal investigation into prescription drugs like Michale Moore and others have called for in the past. It's clear that we don't have the understanding that we need.
Joe Loschiavo December 18, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Oh and one more think. I see security at airports and on airplanes (pilots with guns who are vetted and trained as well as Federal Air Marshals). I see security at sporting events, police and private contractors. I see cops sitting at every road construction zone scratching their butts all day..... but yet no security of any kind at most schools? We have the "gun free zones" to protect us. What I know is this; I'm not taking ideas from the same people who have given us "gun free zones". We don't need to turn our schools into fortresses and it can be done in a way that the kids would never even notice if it's done right.
MCF December 18, 2012 at 02:28 PM
And I wonder what Richard Henry Lee would say in this century? Oh, right, he's been dead for over two hundred years! It made sense once upon a time - it does not fit today. That is not to say that gun bans are the answer. Angry, violent people will get a weapon, maybe we should focus on how to have fewer angry, violent people. That's my opinion on where we should put our energy to fix this threat to society. I fear we only have anothre no-win battle about to ignite in the political arena, where nothing ever seems to be resolved, lately, these days. I wonder how RHL would view our system today.
David Chesler December 18, 2012 at 03:13 PM
We should also ban violins. Because as many violins were used at Newtown as were pre-ban assault weapons and assault rifles of any provenance.
J. Rutkowski December 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Arm the teachers and principle. Think about it…if the Sandy Hook principle was armed, by the time that jack ass broke in he would have been shot and not one child hurt. If you think out lawing guns to make the streets safer, then we should ALSO outlaw meth, crack, crank, and other substances to get them off the streets too. J. Rutkowski Mfd CT
AMDuane December 18, 2012 at 05:59 PM
We’ve tried adding more guns to the US, and all we’ve gotten is more violence. Adding guns to the mix will guarantee more deaths, not saved lives. The amount of guns in the US have risen steadily, as has the amount of deadly shootings. In the past thirty years there have been 61 mass shootings. Not a single one has been prevented by another armed person. The killer’s mother, like so many of you, believed that guns would keep her safe. That’s why her house was full of them. That’s why she took her son target shooting. The result? Deadly weapons were easily available to a mentally ill person when he wanted them. The mother who thought being “heavily armed” would protect her and her family now lies dead of a gunshot wound—from her own guns. That’s what guns do—make it easier to kill people. On Dec 14th an insane person in China attacked a school—with a knife. 22 children were injured, but as of now none of them died. We can’t stop crazy people, but we can make it less easy for them to kill. Lastly, are you willing to triple your school taxes to pay for weaponry (it would have to be body-armor piercing weaponry to have made a difference with this guy) and armed guards patrolling every classroom? Are you willing to pay for the mental health checks we’d have to be running on every single teacher to make sure that they didn’t snap on rough day and pull a gun on a student? AMD Milford CT
David Chesler December 18, 2012 at 06:22 PM
AMD, may of the mass shootings have been ENDED by another armed person, most recently the shooting at the Clackamas mall. Google Nick Meli. You may as well say "We have had xxx fatal fires, and not one of them was prevented by a smoke detector" -- you are cherry-picking your data. Other mass knifings in China have resulted in multiple deaths, but even if they didn't, it was the disarmed population that could not prevent the Cultural Revolution. Is that net loss of life worth it? You don't need armed guards patrolling the classrooms if you've already got teachers.
Steve December 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM
This is not going to help anything. Criminals do not legally own guns. They do not go and register a gun to go commit a crime. They get their guns illegally so making laws banning weapons will not change a thing. Don't punish the legal law abiding gun owner for the actions of criminals and the criminally insane. ..Did you know.....• A 1997 high school shooting in Pearl, Miss., was halted by the school's vice principal after he retrieved the Colt .45 he kept in his truck.• A 1998 middle school shooting ended when a man living next door heard gunfire and apprehended the shooter with his shotgun.• A 2002 terrorist attack at an Israeli school was quickly stopped by an armed teacher and a school guard.• A 2002 law school shooting in Grundy, Va., came to an abrupt conclusion when students carrying firearms confronted the shooter.• A 2007 mall shooting in Ogden, Utah, ended when an armed off-duty police officer intervened.• A 2009 workplace shooting in Houston, Texas, was halted by two coworkers who carried concealed handguns.• A 2012 church shooting in Aurora, Colo., was stopped by a member of the congregation carrying a gun.• At the recent mall shooting in Portland, Ore., the gunman took his own life minutes after being confronted by a shopper carrying a concealed weapon. 2500 times last year alone legal gun owners stopped violent crime when confronted with it long before any police assistance ...
RONALD M GOLDWYN December 20, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I may have been the first on Patch to call for gun control even though I'm a legal gun owner. I just oppose the stand of the NRA. I strongly oppose the arming of teachers. Teachers are not employed as security officers and I would hope that it never becomes part of their job description. I never want our schools to become armed camps. I can imagine a 5'-2" female teacher being overpowered by larger students and grabbing her weapon. I can imagine a madman killing teachers first knowing that they may be armed. Now let me make a suggestion that may not be a 100% solution but it may help. My suggestion is to make all classroom doors have electronic locks that the administration can activate with just one switch being thrown. at the same time the door's window have a steel shade to prevent shooting through the door. That to me would be a shut-down condition for each classroom. At the same time the PA system would announce a code red condition to alert the teacher as to what is happening. This may work for the lower grade schools, but in the high schools students at many times of the day are using the public halls to get to their next classroom. Maybe a solution to this is a one minute time delay to allow students to find the nearest classroom. I would hope that the classroom doors be fire-rated steel to make entry much harder. See my prior postings on gun control measures.
RONALD M GOLDWYN December 20, 2012 at 01:22 AM
CT GUN CONTROL 1) All gun owners must be licensed 2) All civilian guns must be stored in a gun-safe that is NOT opened by a key 3) All ammunition be tagged to trace to the end-user. 4) All weapons must be under the SOLE control of the licensed owner who will be criminally and civilly liable for its lose. 5) No civilian shall possess a military style weapon. 6) No weapon shall be capable of holding more than ten rounds in a magazine 7) No magazine capable of holding more than ten rounds shall be sold or possessed in the USA.. These are the bulk of my suggestions that fits the 2nd amendment rights of a legit. gun owner. What are your feelings on this subject
David Chesler December 20, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Why 5? What does that mean, "military style"?
Ron December 21, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Individuals intent on causing harm to others appear to disregard the law. Why would your skillfully crafted opinions numbered 1 through 7 change that? Laws only work for people that follow them. What if he had used a car, would we ban cars?
Peter Gill January 05, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Yes please define "military style" Does that include my M- 1 Garand that I purchased from the CMP? You do realize the CMP was Started by the Federal Government and the M-1 Garand was the standard US Army Infantry rifle in the Second World War. So I guess you would want to ban that also?
Alexander B. C. January 06, 2013 at 04:35 PM
This is Ridiculous, Short-Sighted and Stupid by the losers who made this law. It sceams out "HIT ME, I'M A PIGEON".

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