Posts tagged ‘gun control’

November 9th, 2015

Language Rebrands Politics

by Christopher O'Brien

By State Senator Joe Markley

Acerbic comedian and commentator George Carlin hated euphemisms, believing they weaken language and muddle discourse. He used Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an example—an eight-syllable phrase so unwieldy it became an acronym: PTSD.

Sen. Joe Markley

Sen. Joe Markley

The affliction now known as PTSD was originally called Shell Shock. Coined in World War I, these two alliterative syllables perfectly communicated the cause, nature, and severity of the diagnosis. During World War II, Shell Shock became Battle Fatigue; in Vietnam, Battle Fatigue got dumped for PTSD.

Those four letters are so ill-defined that now they can apply to car crash survivors as well as tortured prisoners of war. Frankly, I wonder if our veterans would get better treatment if they had Shell Shock instead of PTSD,

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December 31st, 2013

Town Lawmakers Push for Delay in Gun Registry

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid and Christine Stuart | CT NewsJunkie

Line outside State Police HQ in Middletown

Line outside State Police HQ in Middletown

Several Republican lawmakers including Wolcott State Rep. Rob Sampson and 16th District Senator Joe Markley for extending the Tuesday deadline to register assault weapons in response to long lines of gun owners waiting at state police locations to comply with new firearm regulations.The long lines have been caused by a deadline set in April when the state adopted new gun control restrictions after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The statute expanded the number of guns prohibited under Connecticut’s assault weapons ban. It gave gun owners who bought the banned guns before the change until Jan. 1 to register to keep the weapons.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday that about 25,000 Connecticut residents had registered assault weapons as of Dec. 25.

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January 27th, 2013

Metal Detectors Installed for Monday’s Public Hearing at Capitol

by Christopher O'Brien

When visitors enter the Legislative Office Building Monday they will be asked to do something unusual—go through a metal detector. The Capitol police have decided to station two metal detectors at the west entrance of the building for a legislative hearing on gun control, which is expects to draw hundreds. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 500 people have already submitted testimony.

The decision was made by Capitol Police Chief Walter Lee on Friday.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said the idea of installing the metal detectors for Monday’s hearing was discussed by the staff for legislative leaders in both parties.

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January 8th, 2013

The Newtown Microscope

by Christopher O'Brien

From time to time, small communities across our state and country experience profound tragedy.

Whether it be the bell factory fire in East Hampton, hurricane damage in Milford, East Haven and Fairfield, murders and domestic disputes in South Windsor, chronic violence in Bridgeport and Hartford schools, or children killed in car accidents in Bristol and inumerous other towns, the wounds run deep for all communities. Scars remain for years and affect the development of those living in the community for a generation.

Five years ago Wolcott lost three of our own teens in a preventable accident on East Street. The accident was caused by a dangerous weapon at the hands of an inexperienced 17 year old driver who had a history of leaving hulking pieces of metal in his wake. After news of the tragedy spread, classes were cancelled, forums held and the town comforted our children. We held them close. We held vigils. Candles and photos lined East Street. Counselors were summoned. The media descended.

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January 6th, 2013

What if We Put The “Militia” Back in the 2nd Amendment?

by Christopher O'Brien

By Amanda Bloom

Musket (1)The mass shooting that took place in Sandy Hook, Connecticut earlier this month, one of the worst in United States history and the seventh that took place in 2012, has brought gun control to the forefront of American consciousness.

President Obama has promised new gun control policies by early 2013; in the mean time, gun sales have spiked across the country, where 300 million guns, both legal and not, are estimated to be owned.

America is the most heavily armed country in the world, and the Supreme Court has upheld the individual right to bear arms numerous times.  Guns aren’t going away, but we can mitigate gun violence.  What we need are better gun owners.

What if we changed the way we see gun owners in America, specifically those who are licensed to carry?  What if we upped their responsibilities?  What if they were trained on par with police officers, or even soldiers?  What if we felt safer knowing that some of our fellow citizens were not only armed, but looking out for us, ready to protect us, our children, our families and friends?

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December 19th, 2012

After Massacre, Sen. Looney Vows Gun Control Fight

by Christopher O'Brien

Paul Bass | New Haven Independent

As the horrific details of the school shooting rampage in Newtown continued trickling out Saturday, New Haven state Sen. Marty Looney promised a push to strengthen Connecticut’s gun-control laws. Looney (pictured) made that vow in an interview as New Haveners came downtown for a 6 p.m. vigil on the Green on behalf of the 26 students and adults massacred at Sandy Hook elementary school by a gunman who then killed himself.

The shooting provoked a national outpouring of grief—and an immediate call for a resumption of efforts by gun control proponents to take on the NRA and pass tighter legislation. Looney, a Democrat who’s now the Senate majority leader, cosponsored Connecticut’s assault-weapons ban (with a Republican, then-state Sen. Bill Aniskovich of Branford). The ban passed into law in 1993.

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December 19th, 2012

Letter: Long Term Treatment and Special Officers Could Improve Society

by Christopher O'Brien
     In light of the horrible tragedy recently in Newtown, I believe it is time that we as a community begin to at least consider an obvious option. If we are willing to hire security guards to protect our money, gold, silver, properties and businesses, why don’t we demand that security (police) be posted in the schools to protect what we value most of all – our children. I understand that some school districts already do this periodically with Officers from their local police departments which is great. However, it is obviously insufficient. It should be regular posting for the foreseeable future.

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