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Connecticut Gun Control: State Lawmakers Seek Compromise

While a new poll shows many in Connecticut support new gun control measures, state lawmakers have yet to come out with a unified plan.

Legislative leaders negotiated late Wednesday on bipartisan consensus on gun control, one day after the governor's special task force on gun violence split along party lines on new weapons proposals. The lawmakers were expected to meet again Thursday to continue the talks, the Connecticut Mirror reports.

Democratic and Republican leaders met for more than two hours Wednesday night to work on a unified response to the mass murder of 26 children and women at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. The task force was formed in mid-January by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, among much political fanfare on Connecticut's response to the devastating shootings in Newtown.

On Tuesday, the task force issued two gun control plans, one from Democrats, the other from Republicans. The panel's inability to formulate a single plan has drawn criticism from several quarters. About two weeks ago Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, frustrated by what he said was a lack of momentum by the task force, issued his own proposals on gun control.

Criticism of the panel is beginning to mount from other quarters as well. In an editorial Wednesday the Connectict Post called the task force the "Politics as Usual Non-Working Group," adding that legislators on the panel had "retreated to positions that were long ago entrenched" on gun control.

While a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows broad support among Connecticut residents for gun control in the wake of the Newtown shooting, a report in the Hartford Courant says other states are moving on specific gun control measures while Connecticut lags behind.

Jason Bagley (Editor) March 08, 2013 at 06:07 PM
A few comments left on the Stratford Patch Facebook page: Robert Chambers: "You should read what they have come up with as a bill to address NOTHING that would help a Newtown incident. Every firearm to be registered $140/year annual registration. That's what they think will solve the issue. Who are these people?" Cheryl Lemos: "They don't care about guns, Newtown or our rights. They just want to fill the revenue gap that THEY created on the shoulders of law abiding citizens." http://www.facebook.com/StratfordPatch
Chris March 09, 2013 at 01:27 PM
The problem with the Q poll is they only polled a small amount of people and then weighted the responses. Last I checked they still had not released the raw data. If you poll 1000 people from the Hartford area you aren't going to get the same results as if you polled 1000 people from the Harwinton area. Without knowing the real (not weighted) data the results are really meaningless. For all we know the pollster could have interviewed 10 people at a gun control rally who claimed to be gun owners and then extrapolated and weighted those responses. Not saying that's what happened, just saying without the all the info we don't know. I'm sure I could ask the very same questions to a different demographic and show there is very little support for gun control.
Robert Chambers March 09, 2013 at 11:53 PM
What is compromise? I seem to think there's give and take on both sides for something to be considered a compromise. All I see is the state taking the right of ownership of things from people who have done nothing wrong and they are getting back NOTHING in return but threats of fines and imprisonment. So lets not call it a compromise at all, Let's call it what it is: State sponsored violence.
David C. Gianetti March 11, 2013 at 03:45 PM
The numbers I found for the Quinnipiac U poll showed a majority of those polled were not gun owners. Without being able to see the underlying numbers and poll characteristics, it's a shaky poll at best. Looking at the numbers they did get, most were statistically a draw at best, even given the fact more non-gun owners were polled than gun owners. There is another criminology study done by Harvard that states gun control is counterproductive. http://theacru.org/acru/harvard_study_gun_control_is_counterproductive/ This paper even surprised the authors as the numbers and statistics began to unfold. Putting my thoughts on gun control aside, I'd give more weight to two esteemed Harvard criminology professors than I do to a poll from QU.

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