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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.

Sharon Pealer December 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
It seems that the Governor stopped listening to the police and news reporters at the point where they said guns were used in this horrendous crime. Had he paid attention for a short bit longer he would have learned that the guns did not belong to the shooter. How does making it harder to legally possess a gun stop someone who does not care about our laws in the first place? Most of these horrific crimes have not been committed by the gun owner, but by someone who used a stolen or borrowed firearm, and I am not sure that we have ever learned in the one case that the legal owner had allowed the gun to be borrowed. How about clearing the roadblocks that families face when trying to get help when they fear the behavior of a family member instead?
Sue December 19, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Good point. Because we can't predict who can get their hands on one of these assault weapons, they should be banned. I have a firearm to protect our home. Am not against guns. The ease at which people can buy these types of guns in most states is alarming to say the least. Think it's time for Moms to get together and lobby to put an end to "boys with their toys"! This "hobby" has grown deadly.
Sharon Pealer December 19, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Actually Sue, my point was more to the fact that in almost all of these cases, someone has seen something and fears the person. I t is very difficult to have someone who is an adult forced to receive treatment. Those roadblocks must be removed for the good of all, including the person in question. My guess is that even the person who commits these crimes would be horrified at the magnitude of just how sick they are if they had the proper care.
jill December 20, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I agree, gun control will not prevent the insane or criminals for having guns. I personally do not own a gun; however I would not want to impose controls in individuals who do.

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