Attending the Shelton March for our Lives organized by our high school students made me hopeful for change. Greater political involvement by young people in America is long overdue. They have plenty of reason to be concerned about their safety, across the river and a short drive up 34 is Sandy Hook, and I want to applaud them for stepping up and addressing gun policy in America.
Plenty of Shelton voters support the second amendment. Over Republican opposition Connecticut passed common sense gun laws in 2013 including purchase permits (requiring safety training), stronger background checks, limiting assault weapons and magazine sizes. In 2016 the number of gun homicides dropped to 53. Previously CT averaged 92. But gun sales have not decreased, state police records show they’ve increased since 2013. Proof that responsible gun owners still legally obtain firearms.