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Malloy Offers VP Biden Some Suggestions On Violence Prevention

by Christine Stuart | Jan 14, 2013 8:48am
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Posted to: Congress, Town News, Hartford, Newtown, Legal, Public Safety, White House

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told Vice President Joe Biden that Connecticut may have some of the strongest gun control laws in the country, but “our laws are not enough; gun control must be addressed nationally.”

“As long as weapons continue to travel up and down I-95, what is legally available for sale in Florida or Virginia can have devastating consequences here in Connecticut,” Malloy wrote to Biden in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

Malloy suggested that the federal government begin to address the problem by reinstating and strengthening the federal assault weapons ban and the ban on high capacity magazine clips.

“Any definition of ‘assault weapon’ should eliminate the possibility of manufacturers bypassing the ban with minor modifications. You don’t need an assault weapon or a 30-round clip to go hunting, and you don’t need an assault weapon or a 30-round clip to honor the Constitution of the United States,” Malloy wrote to Biden on Friday.

“The Congress should require a background check for all firearm purchases, federal firearm licenses, gun show or other private transactions or transfers. In Connecticut, any handgun purchaser must obtain a permit, revocable under certain circumstances, that requires a background check and completion of a firearm safety course given by accredited trainers.”

Biden is leading a federal task force on violence prevention and is expected to make his recommendations to President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

On Sunday, NRA President David Keene told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he doesn’t believe it’s likely that Congress will pass an assault weapons ban.

“You don’t want to bet your house on the outcome. But I would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress,” Keene said.

The gunman who claimed the lives of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School shot his mother before heading to the school Dec. 14 where he used a .223 caliber semiautomatic rifle, according to police. The gunman, who shot his way into the locked school, killed himself before police arrived.

In the wake of the shooting, the NRA has called for armed guards at schools. Some have taken the idea further, suggesting arming teachers in schools.

In his letter, Malloy repeated a line he used in his State of the State address last week, telling Biden he disagrees with gun advocates who believe more guns will prevent these types of mass shootings in the future.

“Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean an armed guard posted outside every classroom,” Malloy wrote.

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posted by: redman | January 14, 2013  11:04am

Security is not an armed guard but Malloy is protector by armed guards.
Malloy’s Security Detail Nears $700,000 In Overtime Pay

posted by: sofaman | January 14, 2013  12:40pm

redman: there is no doubt that sometimes an armed guard does provide security. However, from Reagan getting shot while surrounded by Secret Service, to Columbine having an armed guard regularly on campus, it’s not nearly enough to keep our kids or our society safe.

posted by: Disgruntled | January 14, 2013  1:23pm

Dan just can’t get out of the limelight!
Connecticut laws are some of the strongest but the fault lies someplace else…typical Dan. Always pass the buck (at least most of them!)
Hey Dan! NOBODY cares what you have to say about the big issues. Take care of business at home and stop grandstanding!

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | January 14, 2013  1:43pm

The governor is right, any legislation banning anything or limiting anything as it pertains to guns needs to be done in congress.

I hope our legislators realize that as well and avoid wasting time this session on feel good legislation that will do little to make any of us safer.

Jobs. Work on jobs.

HST

posted by: redman | January 14, 2013  2:13pm

sofaman, The armed guard at Columbine saved many lives, even though he was on his lunch break.

posted by: Joebigjoe | January 14, 2013  4:38pm

This is where this crap needs to stop and these politicans need to be held accountable and I dont mean vote them out so they get a private sector job paying double.

Malloy said ““Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean an armed guard posted outside every classroom,”

NO ONE HAS EVER SAID THAT!! People have talked about one or more teachers or administrators professionally trained with access to a locked gun and not on their hip. NO ONE has ever said an armed guard outside every classroom. They talk about ONE in a building!!

Obama today responding to a question about gun sales skyrocketing and he tried to blame gun manufacturers and Republicans. I havent heard one thing from either group about go out and buy guns. The message is coming from the antigun people talking about banning guns and limiting gun rights. If I had the bully pulpit and said I really thought because of obesity that ice cream should be banned or we should limit how much ice cream can be bought, the freezers at Stop and Shop and Big Y would be empty.

I also think if you can lie this blatantly to the people you govern that you are an evil person.

I said this not too long after this horrible event in Newtown and I stand buy it. I really think there are some politicians that want something bad to happen in this country to advance a sick agenda. They know their comments are getting law abiding people upset and they keep adding fuel with lies and misrepresentations, and some of the dumbest gun control legislation ever discussed that had they been in place would not have stopped Newtown or any number of murders taking place in the cities with bad gun violence.

posted by: palmj82 | January 14, 2013  10:55pm

Those strong gun laws worked really well in CT so lets adopt them nationally…frustrates me how they just always go for the gun issue.  How many nuts are there out there; the people that Malloy and his cronies let out an early release program.  These are the people who could lash out at any minute.

posted by: gutbomb86 | January 14, 2013  11:32pm

gutbomb86

@palmj82 - Guns are a big part of the crisis. It has to be addressed and it is going to be addressed. 300 million guns in private circulation is about 260 million too many in a nation of 300 million. Proof of that exists right here in this comment thread:

I said this not too long after this horrible event in Newtown and I stand buy it. I really think there are some politicians that want something bad to happen in this country to advance a sick agenda. They know their comments are getting law abiding people upset and they keep adding fuel with lies and misrepresentations, and some of the dumbest gun control legislation ever discussed that had they been in place would not have stopped Newtown or any number of murders taking place in the cities with bad gun violence.

Someone needs to dial it back about 99%. Your world will not crash down around you with tighter safeguards and regulation of firearms. Please come in off the ledge and join the rational majority.

posted by: palmj82 | January 15, 2013  7:44am

I’m not going to say anyone wanted a tradgedy, but gun laws will only work for people who abide by the law!  People who abide by the law wouldn’t do something like this.  This man had no regard for anybody’s life, even his own.  Why is he going to care about a gun law?  As far as too many guns in circulation?  How are you going to stop that?  Let’s just say all guns are gone.  What is to stop this guys from throwing a pipe bomb made by ingredients bought at store or driving a car throw the front doors?

posted by: Joebigjoe | January 15, 2013  8:33am

Gutbomb I’m not talking about just what’s going on in CT. I’m talking about nationwide where people have gone off the ledge, and are locked, loaded and ready to go.

I’m talking about what NY state passed last night. Not to get technical about guns but 99% of semi auto pistols have been rendered useless by making the maximum magazine size seven. Of yeah, the trickery is they dont sell them in seven for 99% of the guns.

Finally since yesterday one of our CT Senators offered up a bill that would ban everything except guns that shoot one shot. That means small revolvers that women carry for protection, that means all semi auto handguns, that means obviously what you call assault rifles and that means shotguns. This is an elected official who apparently said “people in this state dont need more than one bullet. If you want to shoot a semi auto, then you go to the range where they will be locked up.”

Ok, I’m listening, Which Rational majority would you like me to join? I’d like to join the ones with common sense and knowledge of the 2nd amendment, history and the world we live in as it relates to criminals and violent mentally ill not following laws the rest of us do.

posted by: gutbomb86 | January 15, 2013  6:46pm

gutbomb86

@joe - fair points. A lot of stuff will be proposed that won’t go anywhere and for good reason.