Connecticut Speaker of the House J. Brendan Sharkey, who helped craft the state’s landmark gun control legislation in response to Newtown, is now pursuing the issue at the federal level.
Sharkey on Tuesday traveled to Washington to join President Biden, who delivered an address on the status of the administration’s gun safety efforts.
In his speech, Biden mentioned the efforts of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation, Gov. Malloy and the Connecticut state legislature to say that he and the president “are not giving up” on stricter federal gun laws.
“We need to make sure that the voices of those we’ve lost are the loudest ones in the fight,” said Biden.
“The country has changed,” he said. “You will pay a political price for not getting engaged and dealing with safety.”
“What changed with Sandy Hook, the straw that broke the camel’s back, is now those people who support national safety issues say this will be a defining issue for me…that’s a fundamental change in the political calculus,” said Biden.