Since the shootings in Newtown, a resurgence of the gun control movement is challenging the status quo. Nonprofit organizations on each side of the gun rights issue are battling like they haven’t in years, all trying to shape the country’s politics and win over the American people. Continue Reading →
Four months after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut lawmakers banned at least 115 types of semi-automatic firearms.
Four months after the shooting of a congresswoman and a federal judge in Tucson, lawmakers in Arizona declared the Colt Army Action Revolver the official state gun. The differences reflect the wide divide separating Americans from one end of the country to the other. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing to fund more supportive housing and other services for people with mental illness, boosting annual mental health spending by $4.25 million in the next fiscal year and by another $3 million the year after. Continue Reading →
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In emotional back-to-back debates, the Connecticut Senate and House overwhelmingly voted for one of the nation’s most comprehensive gun laws Wednesday and Thursday, a long-awaited response to one of the nation’s worst mass shootings, the Sandy Hook school massacre. The Democrat-dominated legislature passed the sweeping measure with significant Republican support, a rare bipartisan gesture on a political and cultural issue that has divided America, deadlocked Congress and stymied a president who promised strong action. “I want to tell you how proud I am of you and how proud I am to be a member of this General Assembly,” House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, told his colleagues. “Keeping children safe is not a partisan issue — it’s not,” House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said as the seven-hour debate ended at 2:26 a.m.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will sign the bill into law at noon at a public ceremony in the Old Judiciary Room of the Capitol. The Senate vote was 26-10, with 20 of 22 Democrats and six of 14 Republicans in support. Continue Reading →