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‘Enough is Enough,’ CT marchers tell Washington

WASHINGTON — The March for Our Lives attracted thousands of students and supporters from Connecticut and hundreds of thousands from across the nation demanding change – not only in the nation’s gun laws but the makeup of Congress. Organized by students after 17 people were killed at a Parkland, Fla., high school last month, it also mobilized activists who have been fighting gun violence since 20 schoolchildren and six educators were slaughtered in Newtown a little more than five years ago. Continue Reading →

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Thousands come together to ‘March for Our Lives’ in Hartford

A gathering police say grew to about 11,000 included demonstrators of all ages bearing signs that read “Not One More,” “Protect My Students,” and “We Call B.S.” Throngs of marchers standing in Bushnell Park could be heard chanting “no more silence, end gun violence,” and “enough is enough.” Continue Reading →

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CT students gear up for ‘March for Our Lives’ in Washington

Kalea Barger of Morris, a Wamogo Regional High School senior, is one of hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation expected to take part in the “March for Our Lives” in Washington, D.C., on Saturday calling for tighter gun control and a stop to mass school shootings. Continue Reading →

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Massive spending plan boosts defense, includes Murphy’s gun bill

Updated at 10:48 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Congress late Wednesday reached final agreement on a massive spending bill that will boost spending on both defense and domestic programs and also make a number of policy changes, including some to federal gun laws. But the nation’s “Dreamers” are among the losers. Continue Reading →

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CT students join nationwide protest, demand end to gun violence

Updated at 8:45 p.m.
Students in Newtown capped a day of protest Wednesday as thousands of Connecticut students joined youths across the nation to protest gun violence and call on Congress to act on gun control measures. Meanwhile in Washington, thousands of students from schools across the nation, including Connecticut, gathered on the U.S. Capitol grounds and in front of the White House. Continue Reading →

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Rubio to introduce ‘red-flag’ bill, as will Blumenthal

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday said he is introducing a bill that would provide federal grants to states for establishing gun violence restraining orders – and said he doubted a broader one Sen. Richard Blumenthal plans to introduce Thursday would pass the Senate. Continue Reading →

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Trump asks Murphy to help draft ‘comprehensive’ gun bill

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he wanted Sen. Chris Murphy to join three Senate colleagues in drafting a “comprehensive” gun bill that is “very powerful” on expansion of the FBI background check system for gun buyers. “We are determined to turn grief into action,” Trump said at a White House gathering with lawmakers to discuss ways to combat gun violence. Continue Reading →

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Murphy, Esty to pitch gun bills to Trump, including a ‘red flag’ measure

WASHINGTON — Connecticut has had a “red flag” law for years, but after the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, some in Congress think other states should be prodded to allow authorities to remove guns, at least temporarily, from those who may be a danger to themselves or others. Continue Reading →

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At NGA meeting, Malloy skips White House events, pushes back on Trump agenda

WASHINGTON – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a leading Democratic opponent of Trump administration policies, came to Washington, D.C., this weekend for the National Governors Association winter meeting, but skipped key events at the White House, including Saturday night’s governor’s ball. Instead, Malloy and other Democratic governors spent the weekend pushing back on Trump policies. Continue Reading →

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Despite Parkland, gun control push faces wave of opposition in Congress

WASHINGTON — Despite President Donald Trump’s willingness to support modest tweaks to the nation’s gun laws, Congress may not approve much change as lawmakers remain entrenched in a mostly partisan split over the issue, despite the national debate touched off over the Parkland, Fla., massacre. Continue Reading →

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On guns, the GOP candidates for governor fall silent

WEST HAVEN — The shooting deaths of 17 high school students and staff in Parkland, Fla., briefly focused eight Republican candidates for governor Wednesday night on the question of whether they would stand by or revise the sweeping gun-control measure passed in Connecticut five years ago after the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators in Sandy Hook. None favored repeal, and most declined an invitation talk about the issue. Continue Reading →

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