Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Connecticut Hearing Shows Deep Divide Over Guns
Top Story from the Tactical Wire (http://www.thetacticalwire.com/): Connecticut Hearing Shows Deep Divide Over Guns
Yesterday's hearing by the Connecticut Legislature's Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety was attended by a crowd estimated at 1,300, including family members of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. According to attendees, gun rights advocates outnumbered gun control advocates. The hearing, however, made the divide over the gun issue apparent with parents of children killed at Sandy Hook speaking for - and against- gun controls. A group of firearms and magazine manufacturers also testified before the committee, emphasizing the fact that even a partial firearm or magazine ban could cause the loss of thousands of jobs in Connecticut and drops in state tax revenues. As Stag Arms president and CEO Mark Malkowski told the committee, "Bans have never been successful, honest citizens should be allowed to protect their homes and their families." Mark Mattioli, whose son, James, 6, was killed at Sandy Hook asked the committee: what have those gun laws done to make Chicago a safer city?" Mattioli went on to condemn liberals for using the attack on Newtown to "spread fear on gun issues".