“In the past, people shut up about this issue because they thought raising it meant raising the issue of gun control,” Catherine Barber said. “It makes so much more sense to look at gun owners as part of the solution: Gun owner groups have a strong tradition of caring about safety.”
In Colorado and Nevada, the states’ suicide prevention offices have been reaching out to gun stores and shooting ranges, offering suicide-prevention materials and training.
If the anti-gun-control groupies are this fired up over these two trifling laws, imagine what might happen if the state Legislature tries to go for real gun control measures.
Rejected Monday were a bill to allow concealed carry of handguns on public school grounds; a bill to repeal a 15-round magazine limit that was adopted in 2013; and a bill to allow active-duty military personnel to carry concealed handguns without permits.
“If any board of education would approve this, I’d be shocked, frightened and disappointed,” said Malloy, who said he felt compelled to comment publicly about the situation. “It makes no sense. And no school system in the state of Connecticut should be allowed to do this.”
“The department is on notice,” Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee panel that oversees the Justice Department, told Lynch. “This subcommittee will have no part in undermining the Constitution and the rights that it protects.”
“It was a small black object, which I believed to be a handgun,” Fry said.
“It is a political move to save face,” Coffman said.
“There’s no reason for us to look back. Our focus is on the economy, affordable housing, making college more affordable. It’s not on our agenda to talk about guns. It’s a national debate at this point.”