Today is an historic day for the State of Connecticut. Our legislature has shown extraordinary leadership by passing a bill that includes a ban on high capacity magazines, increased access to mental health services, strengthens school safety and imposes universal background checks. By demonstrating willingness to compromise the legislature achieved comprehensive bi-partisan legislation that pays tribute to the innocent lives that were lost in Newtown and the victims of gun violence in all cities and towns across the country. I also applaud Governor Malloy and the people in our State for demanding action and playing a critical role in getting this done. We have proven today that you can achieve consensus and move beyond the partisan bickering to effect real change.
Today would have been Newtown victim Ana Grace Marquez-Greene’s 7th birthday. Ana was born in Hartford, where her family has strong ties.