Last week, Dan Carter, State Representative of Bethel, Danbury, Newtown and Redding, tweeted that the Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) and Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV) along with the National Rifle Association (NRA) are responsible for gun deaths in our nation. He tweeted “Both sides are against reasonable solutions, so they are all responsible for gun deaths – NRA, NAA, CAGV.”
The “vote” in Connecticut this Election Day, represents more than a choice between parties, policies, and/or personalities. The focus most is guns, rifles and ammo. Those who stand tall living in a state with bipartisan gun control laws, are on one side of the issue. Those who stand tall in support of repeal of Connecticut's gun control laws, are on one side of the issue. In a true sense, there is no other issue for Connecticut, and certainly not for Newtown, on November 4th.
Life is busy. We all have families, jobs, hobbies, friends, homes, sports….and on and on. At times, we are weary from being residents of Newtown, where the burden of loss we have suffered is too much. But last night I heard a horrific news story about yet another tragedy involving a gun in Florida, and I am reminded to stay focused on working to tighten this nation’s shamefully lax gun laws.
In the past 21 months, I have met and spoken with many elected officials – both here in Connecticut and in Washington DC – as I advocated for sensible gun legislation. Having spent time with Kim Fawcett on several occasions and after learning about her record as State Representative, I am stepping up to support her for State Senate in District 28 (Newtown, Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport).
I have sat back and watched, read, listened to the ever present discussions in the paper, television and radio in relation to the gun situation here in United States.
My question is this: citizens have you gone to a gun store, and asked for the document (s) needed for the purchase of a handgun here in Connecticut? Note I said bought – not carry that is a different set of rules and laws that we will not get into here.
Thank you to The Bee for your thorough coverage of the movement to expand and strengthen background checks on the federal level. On page A-7 of the June 6 issue, the article that reported on the #NotOneMore demonstration in front of the NSSF was informative, balanced, and timely.