Category Archives: Gun control

Daughter of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Feels Betrayed by Boughton’s Decision to Split from Anti Gun Group

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Erica Lafferty, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, said politics prompted Mark Boughton to withdraw from Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

“My mom and my family have strong ties to Danbury – it was where my mother held her first school administration job and I know it is a place that was dear to her heart.  That’s why I feel betrayed to learn that Mayor Boughton is putting his personal political ambitions ahead of the safety of Connecticut families.  In fact, the tagline for his campaign is ‘People over Politics’ – but the only people that this decision serves are gun lobbyists,” Lafferty said in a statement.


“We need leaders who have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and who support common-sense reforms that respect rights while protecting people – that’s what Mayors Against Illegal Guns supports and fights for,” added Lafferty, who is an outreach associate for Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

“Our state has been devastated by gun violence and we will remind voters of this betrayal of our trust when it comes time to cast votes,” she said.

Boughton Withdraws from Bloomberg Gun Control Group

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gun control, Mark Boughton Date:

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, a Republican running for governor, announced Wednesday that he is withdrawing from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national gun control group formed by billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Boughton is well-known for his adept use of social media but, as of early afternoon, there was no mention of his decision on either his mayoral or campaign Twitter feeds. Nor did he mention it on Facebook.

The Boughton campaign tweeted the news Wednesday afternoon:

Boughton initially announced his withdrawal from the group in a brief statement posted on the news page of his campaign website. He later issued a press release.

“As a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, I was a strong supporter of the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Connecticut. This remains my position today,” Boughton said.

“I joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) because I believe enforcement of existing gun laws is preferable to creating new gun laws,” Boughton said. “It is clear in recent months however that Bloomberg’s mission has changed from law enforcement to simply increasing gun regulations. As a result, today I have ended my affiliation with Bloomberg’s group.”

Boughton, one of six Republicans running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, has endured considerable criticism from gun-control opponents for his membership in Bloomberg’s group.

“Gun owners in Connecticut are not going to accept or vote for candidates that support gun control; especially ones seeking the highest of State offices,” Scott Wilson, president of Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said in January.

“Mayor Boughton is a coalition member of an active anti-2nd Amendment organization that claims to support sensible gun reforms,” Wilson added. “In reality the group, ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns‘ continually works to infringe on the rights of law abiding gun owners. The Mayor’s statements about the recently passed gun laws, are also very troubling to gun owners in Connecticut.”

Asked last year by Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie whether he would have signed the sweeping gun control bill enacted by the legislature after the Newtown school shootings, Boughton hedged.

“I believe and have believed that those people deserved a legislative response,” Boughton told Stuart. “I don’t know if the legislature got it right. I think in many, many ways they didn’t get it right. Particularly when it relates to school safety. To only put $15 million to harden our school sites in the entire state of Connecticut is absolutely bizarre.

Boughton’s decision to withdraw from Mayors Against Illegal Guns drew a sharp rebuke from Democratic state Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo.

“After trying to position himself as a moderate, middle of the road guy, Mark Boughton is now so worried about his political future that he’s decided it’s time to pander to the NRA,” DiNardo said in a statement. “Was he spooked by seeing Tom Foley and Martha Dean at last week’s rally? Who knows? Whatever his reasoning – and spare me the rhetoric in his press release; it’s absurd – he’s now shown that when it comes to common sense gun control, Mark Boughton stands against the people of Connecticut.”

White House to Honor Newtown High School Senior

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Newtown High School senior Sarah Clements is one of nine grassroots leaders who will be honored this week at the White House.

Clements is the founder and chairwoman for Jr. Newtown Action Alliance, and has been a forceful advocate for gun-violence prevention efforts. Clements\’ mother survived the December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Clements is also a gun violence prevention volunteer at Generation Progress, the youth advocacy branch of the Center for American Progress. She has helped build a national network of young people working on gun violence prevention on high school and college campuses.

Clements will be honored by President Obama Thursday as a \”Champion of Change.\”

In addition to Clements, President Obama is also honoring another Newtown resident: Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was one of 26 people killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.


Mark Barden to Be Honored for Gun Violence Prevention Efforts

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Mark Barden, the Newtown father whose son Daniel was one of 26 people shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will be honored by President Obama for his work on behalf of gun control.


Barden, the director of advocacy for Sandy Hook Promise, has traveled the nation since the December, 2012 shooting, promoting tougher gun laws.

He is one of nine grassroots activists working on gun violence prevention to be honored as \”Champions of Change\” by Obama at a ceremony Thursday.

Gun Rights Advocates To Demonstrate On Anniversary Of New Law

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The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has scheduled a rally at the State Capitol Saturday to protest the sweeping gun control measures the General Assembly enacted one year ago.

The CCDL\’s rally is scheduled for April 5, one year and one day after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a strengthened assault weapons ban, a universal background check requirement and a limit on large capacity ammunition magazines into law, amid support from Newtown families and objections from passionate gun owners.

Over 3,400 people have confirmed attendance on the group\’s Facebook page. The event page encourages protestors to legally carry handguns, which is permitted on Capitol grounds but banned in the adjacent Bushnell park.

Gun control advocates have launched a campaign asking the public to contact legislators who voted in favor of the measure and thank them for support.


Team 26 In Washington To Push For Gun Control

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\"team26\"A group of cyclists led by Newtown gun control advocates will culminate a four-day ride from Sandy Hook to Washington Tuesday.

The second annual Sandy Hook Ride On Washington is an event that organizers of the group, dubbed \”Team 26\”, have vowed to hold each year until their demands for stricter federal gun laws are met. The reforms include a strengthened assault weapons ban, a universal background check requirement, and stricter gun trafficking laws. While gun control legislation seemed all but inevitable in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, measures were met with defeat when put before the U.S. Senate last April.

The group will be greeted Tuesday on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol by all seven members of Connecticut\’s congressional delegation, as well as Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).

Q Poll: Connecticut Backs Measure Allowing Physicians to Prescribe Lethal Dose of Medication to Terminally Patients By 2-1 Margin

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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.

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Holder-Winfield With a Big Win

by Categorized: 2013 New Haven Mayoral Race, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Gun control, New Haven Date:

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.

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Mass. Senator To Introduce Gun Control Legislation

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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.

Giffords Gun Control Ad Set To Air During SOTU

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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.

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