A bill allowing physicians to legally prescribe a lethal dose of medication to certain terminally ill patients has broad public support, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
The survey, released Thursday, found 2-1 support for the measure, which is expected to receive a public hearing in the legislature sometime this month.
“Public support for allowing assisted dying in Connecticut is a very personal issue, crossing partisan, gender and age lines,” said Douglas Schwartz, the poll director.
While 61 percent of voters said they support such a law, just 33 percent say they would use it themselves if they were terminally ill, and another 12 percent would if they were terminally ill and in pain.
The poll of 1,878 registered voters was conducted from Feb. 26 to March 2 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield is moving to the legislature’s upper chamber.
The New Haven Democrat handily won election to the state Senate Tuesday, beating Republican Steven Mullins of West Haven in the 10th District.
“I’m very pleased with the results,” Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney said shortly after the votes were tallied. According to unofficial numbers, Holder-Winfield took 77 percent of the vote, Looney said.
“Gary will be a strong and able voice for urban Connecticut,” added Looney, a fellow New Haven Democrat. “He does have big shoes to fill.”
Holder-Winfield will fill the vacancy created when then-state Sen. Toni Harp was elected New Haven mayor. Holder-Winfield was initially a candidate for mayor, but when Harp got into the race, he got out.
Nancy DiNardo, chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic party, called Holder-Winfield a “dedicated, smart public servant” and noted his commitment to social justice issues.
After Democrats last year were defeated in their efforts to overhaul federal gun laws, one lawmaker announced Wednesday that he plans to re-introduce gun control legislation in the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Senator Ed Markey, D-MA, will unveil his proposal to reduce firearms violence at a press conference in Boston.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy were among those who led a push to tighten federal gun restrictions following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but the movement was defeated when a bill failed to clear the Senate last April. Vocal activists – including members of the Newtown community – have remained committed to the cause and said that they will not rest until Congress enacts changes to the nation’s gun laws.
While the President in his State of the Union address Tuesday night will not issue the same urgent call for gun control that he did last year, one leading advocacy group will air an ad during the televised address to ensure that the issue does not go unnoticed.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured in a 2007 mass shooting in Arizona and since has founded the gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions, stars in the ad, which asks the public to “Tell Washington it’s too dangerous to wait.”
“The ad serves as a reminder that it has been one year since President Obama called on Congress to take action to help protect our communities from gun violence, but still nothing has been done at the federal level,” the organization said in a press release. After the Newtown massacre, changes to federal gun laws seemed likely but proposed legislation, met with backlash from the gun lobby and Republicans in Congress, did not pass.
New statistics reveal that 1,813 firearms were confiscated at TSA checkpoints in 2013, indicating that on average close to five people attempt to bring a gun onto an airplane each day.
The number of guns seized increased by 16.5 percent from the previous year, when just over 1,500 guns were intercepted. In 2013, 81 percent of the guns intercepted were loaded, according to the TSA. The agency confiscated guns at 205 airports, including Bradley International, where agents last March found a loaded .380 caliber pistol strapped to the leg of a passenger trying to pass through security. It was unclear from the TSA report whether officials at Bradley’s security checkpoints confiscated any more firearms in 2013.
The airport at which the most guns were intercepted was Atlanta (ATL), where TSA agents found 111 guns that passengers were trying to bring onto planes.
Metal detectors and package scanners are coming to the people’s building.
The state allocated $300,000 in the 2014 fiscal year for the purchase of the metal detectors and scanners, which will provide security officers with a look inside packages and bags, similar to those used in airports and courthouses.
The enhanced security, which will be rolled out soon after the 2014 session begins on February 5, is not in response to a specific incident, said police spokesman Scott Driscoll. “This is something that’s been looked at and researched for years,” he said. “It’s not a reactionary thing.” Continue reading
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a sweeping gun control package a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and some of its restrictions on ammunition sales take effect today.
As of Wednesday, it is illegal to purchase ammunition in New York unless a licensed dealer sees the buyer in person – a face-to-face transfer requirement that also applies to internet sales. Ammunition bought online must be purchased from a New York-licensed seller. All ammunition dealers were required to register with state police by today.
The ammunition provisions in Connecticut’s new gun law, which went into effect last October, require an eligibility certificate for anyone purchasing ammunition, which can only be obtained by undergoing a background check. Individuals under 18 are prohibited from purchasing ammunition.
A reminder to would-be (and almost) Gov. Tom Foley: hire a good vote counter if you win this November.
Foley, displaying his trademark independent streak, told members of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League that he would block any further restrictions on gun control.
Futher, he said that “had I been governor, the outcome in Connecticut would have been different.”
He might want to count the votes. Last year’s gun control legislation passed by a veto-proof margin of 105-44 in the House and 26-10 in the Senate.
Here’s a clip from Tom Foley speaking in Middletown last night:
From FOX-CT’s Laurie Perez and the Courant’s Daniela Altimari:
At a meeting of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League Tuesday night Republican Tom Foley, a likely candidate for governor, told the crowd that gun control efforts would cease if he were governor.
Foley told them if he were elected there would be no new attempts at gun control. “I promise … any further attempts at restrictions will stop at the governor’s office.”
Regarding the General Assembly overhwhelming approval of new gun control laws last year, Foley said, “had I been governor, the outcome would’ve been different.” He added, however, “any chance of repeal is remote.”
Before he spoke, Foley sat with Martha Dean, who ran for attorney general in 2010 and who is a gun rights advocate.
The CCDL has grown to over 10,000 members over the last year. Foley’s remarks drew a large crowd:
A gun-owner says he’s had enough of his former home state. Mark Keyser writes that he left Connecticut for New Hampshire:
… I thought to myself as I passed through the shadow of the State House in Hartford just how it was that I — a person who’d never knowingly broken a law — would, if I failed to register my magazines, be deemed to be a criminal.
What Mr. Keyser didn’t like — owners of assault rifles submit required paperwork last week