What Can Local Leaders Do About Gun Violence?

On Friday, Murphy and Blumenthal will gather together a range of Connecticut leaders to talk about reducing gun violence in America.

Connecticut's U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal will hold a roundtable discussion in Hartford’s North End on reducing gun violence in America on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Joining them will be state and local elected officials, local law enforcement representatives and faith and community leaders to help begin what they are calling "a larger conversation on possible federal responses to the tragic gun violence from Newtown to cities and towns across Connecticut and the country."

The session will be at Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street, Hartford.

Where do you think this conversation should begin, and what should it entail in order to reduce gun violence in Connecticut and around the nation? Add your thoughts in the comments.

Lance Coughlin January 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM
The "leaders" could stop rewarding mass breeding with food stamps, welfare, WIC, section 8, ect. I'm sure that if you researched every person that committed homicide in the last 20 years in ct you would discover that we'll over 50 percent had a mother collecting government assistance. Stop people unable to support their own kids from breeding and you will see an 85 percent drop in gun homicides.
George Kenyon January 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM
These "leaders" don't want solutions, they are to pre-occupied pushing the Democratic agenda which is, doing everything they can to disarm people who DON'T break the law. Meanwhile, these same "leaders" do everything they can to put criminals back on the streets to prey more. Malloy proved this yesterday, this guy won't go to the toilet without an Armed State Trooper but the same type of protection for our kids is "unacceptable". I guess Malloy, Blumenthall, Murphy and the rest have already said their lives are more important then our kids. They want to keep passing laws, meanwhile they refuse to enforce the laws they have previously passed. Then again, the most important lesson they can learn and refuse to is Criminals don't obey laws, thats what makes them Criminals.
how_very_christian_of_you January 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM
An other Republican wearing the mantle of good intention to hide inner malevolence... You extreemist gun nuts can't have a happy day without regurgitating statistical nonsense and scapegoating the vulnerable.
Lou January 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Get rid if gun free zones and take the funs out if the hands of criminals and mentally ill. Done. Problem solved.
Anthony M January 11, 2013 at 02:37 PM
So pro gun means we are nuts. How democrat of you. We use statistics because they prove our point and are fact. You guys want more laws. We say Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country, they also have the highest murder rate in the country. If you dont want a gun, dont get one. Feel free to post a gun free zone side outside of your house.
Richard Poulton January 11, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Gee, I wonder how the store employee that was stabbed or the other employee who was sexually assualted during an hours long robbery/hostage thing in a CA mall yesterday feel about the "Gun Free" zone posted at the mall. Maybe, just maybe, if a few customers were legally armed this situation would have been over in minutes. So, I will ask both Blummy & Murphy to reach out to these victems and get their opinion on the issue. I'll bet even if this happened in Ct they still would not.
BB January 11, 2013 at 05:18 PM
What I think most people in this country have stuck in their small narrow minds is that they will just call the police if something bad goes down, or even funnier, I will just sue them if they shoot me. What most do not realize is that it is too late by the time you even make the call to 911, even worse by the time police are able to respond to the scene. You would be better off just asking the 911 dispatcher to send an ambulance instead. People need to take it upon themselves to protect each other and their families until the police have a chance to respond and help. Almost always, most of the police work in these cases is follow up work to find who did it, sad to say! Arm, train and protect yourselves like almost all smart people do. I will guarantee that the people trying to take your guns are protected one way or another. I do not ever plan on being a lamb at the slaughter; I would rather go down shooting! So if you are ever in that situation, find the citizen with the legal gun, get behind them and support them to the end. Maybe reload magazines for them if they need you to. Your life may very well depend on it.
gun_nuts January 12, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Lou January 12, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Gun_nut how do you propose getting guns that are already out there out of the hands of criminals?
Richard Poulton January 12, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Lou, he has no plan nor does anyone else. The criminal is free to do what he wants with what he has and can do so until caught. Then still nothing really happens. These thugs have no problem going to jail. Some actually enjoy their time, they are with friends. Politician will do what they do best - talk a good story, nothing progressive will come out of it. Yes, bring back the GCA that expired and limit mag capibility. But bad guys will still do what they want, and parts manufactures will still sell under the table what-ever one needs.
Skip January 19, 2013 at 02:42 PM
I've just retired from an urban Police Dept. after 36 yrs. The Police can't protect you unless they are right there. Ct. has one of the most restrictive assault weapon laws and gun laws in the country. It's easier then fixing the budget! The Newtown shooter was 20. It is illegal for anyone under 21 to own possess or get a state permit to carry. I should also mention that both he and the Co. shooter we're both nuts and on meds. In my 36 yrs. of law enforcement most shootings and murders are committed by non permit holders, untrained, criminals (many are little gangbangers). They don't care about the law so, it doesn't matter how many gun laws you pass. Remember "It is better to have a gun and not need it, then to need it and not have it"


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