Gun Violence Focus of Meeting at Newtown High

Organized by Newtown Action Alliance, a public meeting on Feb. 19 will be attended by members of the state's Bi-Partisan Task Force on Gun Violence, School Security and Mental Health.


Exactly what direction might Connecticut's gun laws be heading? 

A Town Hall meeting hosted by Newtown Action Alliance is designed to give residents some insight into that question and others related to gun violence and possible legislative action in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook School.

As its name implies, Newtown Action Alliance is a grassroots group with origins in the town that was home to the Dec. 14 tragedy that claimed the life of 20 first graders and six educators. The group says its membership now spans the nation.

As part of its effort to facilitate meaningful legislative and cultural changes to reduce gun violence both locally and nationally, the NAA has organized a Town Hall Meeting that will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall, 12 Berkshire Road.

Slated to participate in the meeting are state Sen. John McKinney, (R-28) and state Reps. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), Dan Carter (R-2) and Lonnie Reed (D-102). All Connecticut residents are encouraged to attend, the NAA says.

“As a member the Newtown Action Alliance, I am asked quite often about the Bi-Partisan Task Force and what they are doing,” said Po Murray. “In the wake of Sandy Hook, I also wonder about the task force and I am grateful these officials are willing to help us understand what legislation may be in development and how the legislative process works. This will be a great opportunity for all Connecticut residents to ask questions and discuss the critical issue of gun violence.”

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The Bi-Partisan Task Force

Created in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook School, the task force is charged with coming up with legislative proposals relating to gun violence, mental health and school security. It has held a series of hearings, including one in Newtown, and is expected to have a series of recommendations in place by the middle of March.

Joe Blow February 17, 2013 at 03:36 PM
WHY GRAMPS CARRIES A GUN My old grandpa said to me 'Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take a whoopin.' I don't carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed. I don't carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place. I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world. I don't carry a gun because I'm evil. I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world. I don't carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government. I don't carry a gun because I'm angry. I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared. I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone. I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon. I don't carry a gun because I'm a cowboy. I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy. I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love. I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate. I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate...
Joe Blow February 17, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I don't carry a gun because I love it. I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me. Police protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves. Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess. Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take an "ass" whoopin'.... .author unknown (but obviously brilliant).
Connecticut Yankee February 17, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Gun violence, school security issues, and mental health issues - more symptomatic than causal. When we have a sitting President who talked of bringing a gun to a knife fight in his first campaign and has pitted Americans against Americans with talk of class, gender, racial, etc. warfare, is anyone really surprised that citizens continue to reach the breaking point of exhibiting terrible symptoms? The incivility and irresponsibility of the leaders of our country in business, politics, etc., as a root cause of the incivility of citizens against other citizens should not surprise any of us. As long as we continue supporting politicians and businesses that promote incivility and irresponsibility, we should expect the status quo.


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