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Opinion: Reject NRA policy proposals that weaken gun laws

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

Newtown Action Alliance Statement on the Deadly Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

 

Newtown,CT – Newtown Action Alliance released the following statement in response to the deadliest mass shooting in the United States of America:

“Our hearts are broken for the families of the 58 victims who have been senselessly massacred and over 500 victims who have been injured. There is a long road ahead for the Las Vegas community and the families who have been directly impacted by this horrendous act of domestic terrorism. We send our love and support.

While we wait for more information to be released and the investigation to be completed, we cannot ignore that fact that rapid-fire weapons of war were used to brutally murder innocent Americans who were simply attending a live concert in Las Vegas. Over and over again, military-style assault weapons are the weapons of choice for mass shooters due to the sheer lethality of their design. Assault weapons are designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

After the Sandy Hook tragedy and other mass shooting incidents, thoughts and prayers are offered by Congressional members who stand with the NRA. But these members of Congress have failed to do their job to keep all Americans safe. Taking action to reduce gun violence should not be a political issue. It is a matter of public safety and public health.

We implore all members of Congress to dig deep and find the courage to immediately reject the NRA policy proposals that loosen our gun laws and pass a package of sensible federal gun laws similar to what was passed in Connecticut after the Sandy Hook tragedy in a bipartisan manner.

Just one month ago, the NRA-supported Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act) was introduced in the House of Representatives. This act would deregulate silencers, making them readily available without background checks at gun shows and on the Internet. We implore all members of House of Representatives to reject the SHARE act and instead pass laws that require background checks for sale of all guns; ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines; repeal the legal shield for the gun industry; and adequately fund federal gun violence research. Congress must also reject any effort by the NRA to allow gun owners from states with poor permitting laws to carry their concealed weapons in other states.

Over 500,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. The Las Vegas massacre was the 272nd American mass-shooting incident in 2017. Too many Americans are getting killed in public spaces. Until our federal gun laws are strengthened, we are all vulnerable to becoming victims of gun violence in our country. We encourage all Americans to demand action from their congressional representatives by calling them at 202-224-3121.”

 

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2 comments

Rick October 3, 2017 at 7:32 am

have to agree with the Alliance in part on this, yet we hear violent crime is down and the shooter of this last tragedy had the money skirt any law.Until all the facts are on the table there are those who have since Newtown and others have defended their families with firearms against intruders and assaults even in Ct.

Law enforcement officers were visiting the hotel with out their own weapons to stop or slow down this nut and without knowing more details its premature to push an agenda until all the facts are in.

Gun control or nut control or both needs to be looked at but on a case case basis.

Already the hotel industry is balking at metal detectors at the hotels and even the politician just shot from DC is not convinced gun laws is the answer.

Bottom line is the bad guy or kid will have a weapon no matter what the law is, last night shots fired at waypoint isnt good yet who else reads the police log and suggests maybe Norwalk has a problem as well. Stray bullets have no conscious

It takes a tragedy to read the crime stats from this year when only last week we talked 2015 statistics.Seems odd the stats were just found.

If the politicians in Ct want change lets hear some here and now facts and not after a tragedy, step up to the plate and tell us the truth and maybe some of the elected officials will earn some trust and find some solutions.

Cutting edge detection of gunshots in a any city is shot spotter now used by responding officers in cities when active shooters are involved and most cities have it in place ,Norwalk refuses to embrace this technology and our grant giving politicians spend a lifetime on west ave art and saving the lobster.

maybe its time to stand back and look at the entire picture and our politicians who for the most part are useless.

Some want gun laws and some want some simple steps to protect both officers and the public and some want both.

Lets start voting for right people who once elected show us some leadership and concern , Murphy is all hot air , Himes s missing in action and Bluementhal is running for office again , solutions and prevention is political and it shows.

so what about the shots fired in Norwalk ,should we be concerned at all ? Why not shot spotter it assists responding officers to how many guns what type and where they are and that isn’t a good start?

Manressa price tag to the taxpayers would of covered some parts of the city for a year with shot spotter , bike lanes for the other half you rent the system you dont buy it and guess what it works and has proven itself daily.It keeps responding officers safe, and yes the residents as well with a system like that there is less city shots fired calls.

Lets see who grandstands on this tragedy and who talks Bridgeport, New Haven Stamford and Norwalks gun issues and deaths. Be nice for once our politicians think about us and not use 2015 stats like we were stupid.

Rick October 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

10/2 19:50 shots fired at waypoint if it was fireworks shot spotter would have told the responding officers of that preventing speeding cruisers from all over the city. The city is growing our leadership isn’t.

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