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Opinion: Gun control – the ‘silence’ is deafening

Terry Cowgill
Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

After a savage attack last week in a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed more people than any mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Connecticut and America are waking up with a gun hangover. They only question is whether it’ll wear off and allow the nation to return to business as usual, or whether the headache and shame are so severe as to effect a real change in lifestyle. I’m hoping for the latter.

For obvious reasons, we in Connecticut — home of the former Sandy Hook Elementary School — are especially sensitive to such tragedy. In addition to the Newtown massacre, we’ve seen others, most notably the killing of four state lottery executives in 1998 and the execution of eight workers at the Hartford Beer Distributors six years ago.

Curiously, however, we were — and still are — home to a who’s-who of gun manufacturers, including Colt, Remington, Sturm Ruger, O.F. Mossberg, and Stag Arms. So it is perhaps a defensive reflex that some politicians in our state are quick to call for tighter controls on firearms. After all, these are dangerous weapons owned, manufactured, and deployed to kill people right in our midst.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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