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Malloy Wants Federal Action on Gun Controls in Wake of Newtown Shootings

Speaking at a press conference Monday the governor also said he had to break the news Friday to some grieving Newtown parents that their children were dead.

As families of some of the 26 people killed in the Newtown shooting rampage begin burying their loved ones, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the federal government needs to get serious about enacting stricter gun laws.

Speaking at a press conference in Hartford on Monday, Malloy also said that while he was in the Sandy Hook Firehouse last week with some of the parents of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School he realized that some of them had waited hours for word of their loved ones and did not know that their children were gone. He took on the grim task of ending their uncertainty, he said.

“I made the decision that … to have that go on any longer was wrong,” Malloy said, as he fought back tears.

He also said told reporters that he wants federal lawmakers to get serious on gun control legislation.

“Do I think Washington D.C. needs to get its act together and enact stricter gun control laws at the federal level? You bet I do.”

Malloy has called for a moment of silence this Friday and for churches to toll their bells 26 times in honor of the shooting victims.

George Kuenneke December 18, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Correct me if I'm worng. The guns were legally purchased by the original owner and then stolen. So, adding more gun control helps how? The original owner was a law abiding citizen who legally bought the gun(s). Is it being suggested that we make it harder for the average citizen to buy a gun? Last I heard, crooks don't make legal weapons purchases before committing a crime.
Keyth Reynolds December 18, 2012 at 05:00 PM
We need to put more guns in the hands of the good guys. What is not understood is that if you take the guns from the good guys the criminals will still get guns. They made drugs illeagal, people still get ahold of them, we made booze illegal, people made there own and sold it. The only resolve is to get more people to carry a weapon all the time, that way Joe Shmo going to rob a bank will double think before he does anything becuase 89 year old granny cashing in her pennies at the counter could be packing a 38 special.
Hope T December 19, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Purchasing and owning a gun legally does not ensure that the owner is responsible in the ownership of the gun. To have several assault weapons in a home with a disturbed family member is so far from responsible that it is sickening. I cannot think of a single justification for personal assault weapons. The qualifications for gun ownership need to be at least as stringent as someone holding a drivers license. And while the legal owner may not be committing crimes with the guns, horrible crimes are being committed by others who gain access to those guns. If they were not in their homes, the people unqualified mentally or emotionally, to own a gun, would not have access to them. But assualt weapons? That goes WAY beyond the right to bear arms.

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