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Shaban: Productive, Not Symbolic Solutions for Guns

Redding's representatives participated in a gun control forum at the community center last week.

Redding's representatives absorbed some of their constituents' thoughts on gun control at a public forum at the community center last week. 

State Reps. John Shaban (R-135) and Dan Carter (R-2) were joined by State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26), Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs and represenatives from U.S. Rep. Jim Himes' and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal's offices. 

"The lawmakers and chief started with brief comments regarding the pending legislation on guns, mental illness and school security, and then took questions from the audience about the current legislative task force and related legislation," John Dooley wrote in a press release. "Chief Fuchs also provided a law enforcement perspective, and educated the audience by displaying an AR-15 rifle and explaining its operation."

Shaban said the discussion was a good and thoughtful one.

"There was more agreement than disagreement about how to address the gun control, school security and mental health issues being discussed," he said. "It's now up to us to come up with some meaningful legislation that will provide productive and specific solutions, not symbolic ones.”

Carter said he was thankful for the community's participation and feedback on what he said were sensitive issues.

"I am committed to crafting legislation that enhances safety in our community, and focuses not just on responsible gun use and ownership but also mental health services and school security," Carter said. "I look forward to a continuing conversation with the community as the legislative process unfolds to ensure new laws accurately reflect what the people of Connecticut think is right for our families at this time."

 

Elizabeth Jorgensen February 11, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I urge my representatives to support background checks on all guns, ending the gun show loop hole, banning large ammunition clips and semi automatic weapons. I do not consider these 'symbolic'- they are real, first steps. In addition we need to continue and expand the State of CT recent study on the paucity of substance abuse and mental health services in the state for both the insured and the uninsured. This thoughtful study has been conducted by UCONN and part was actually released on December 17th, 2012. I would love to share more thoughts on what might help.
Elizabeth Jorgensen February 11, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I urge my representatives to support background checks on all guns, ending the gun show loop hole, banning large ammunition clips and semi automatic weapons. I do not consider these 'symbolic'- they are real, first steps. In addition we need to continue and expand the State of CT recent study on the paucity of substance abuse and mental health services in the state for both the insured and the uninsured. This thoughtful study has been conducted by UCONN and part was actually released on December 17th, 2012. I would love to share more thoughts on what might help.
Thomas Paine February 11, 2013 at 08:04 PM
I was in attendance that night and found the discussion fascinating. About 25% of the audience was in favor of gun owners' rights and 50% in favor of gun control; the balance was indeterminable. Shaban's best line of the night was clearly: "....come up with some meaningful legislation that will provide productive and specific solutions, not symbolic ones." I also heard Chief Fuchs' mention several times that he was not "a weapons expert" and then go on to make a statement that showed him to be correct. That was mostly about firearms and it took a call from the crowd for the Chief to acknowledge that changing a magazine takes only a second or two make mag limits not terribly effective. But what disappointed me most was the Chief's comment that home invasions "almost never happen" in response to someone suggesting such risks as a reason for armed citizens. Well, that "almost never" may be true in Redding, but not statewide. In fact, I wrote about the number of home invasions in CT in just the past six months: http://wilton.patch.com/blog_posts/home-invasions-rarely-happen-in-connecticut-not

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