US state’s lawmakers approve gun control measures

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President Barack Obama walks past police officers after speaking at the Denver Police Academy in Denver, Colo., with local law enforcement officials and community leaders attending following a meeting to discuss the state’s new measures to reduce gun violence, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. AP/Susan Walsh

HARTFORD, Connecticut — Lawmakers in Connecticut state, where a gunman killed 20 children and six educators in one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history, approved a package of gun control measures described by supporters as the most comprehensive in the country.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama visited Denver on Wednesday, stepping up his call for universal background checks for gun buyers as well as his demands for Congress to at least vote on an assault weapons ban and limits on large-capacity ammunition magazines.

Obama’s trip was heavy with political symbolism because Colorado has expanded gun control laws despite being a state where gun ownership is a cherished right. Colorado was the site of a mass shooting at a movie theater last summer that killed 12 people.

Obama said on the steps that Colorado has taken recently to tighten its gun laws show “there doesn’t have to be a conflict” between keeping citizens safe and protecting Second Amendment rights to gun ownership.

“I believe there doesn’t have to be a conflict in reconciling these realities,” he said.

Such shootings as the one in Colorado have sparked a growing divide in the U.S., as Obama champions more gun control and the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby maintains that more guns keep people safer and have succeeded in blocking many efforts to impose stricter gun control citing the right to bear arms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

In Connecticut, the Senate voted 26-10 in favor of the gun control bill, which must now go to the state House of Representatives, where it was expected to pass. It would then be sent to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The legislation adds more than 100 firearms to the state’s assault weapons ban and creates what officials have called the nation’s first dangerous weapon offender registry as well as eligibility rules for buying ammunition.

Malloy, a Democrat, has said he’ll sign the legislation into law.

“I think you can make an argument, a strong argument, this is the toughest law passed anywhere in the country,” he said.

Gun rights advocates question whether the legislation would have done anything to stop Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who blasted his way in to the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14.

“If it (the legislation) did something to prevent this incident, where the fault lies with the individual and the mother, not with the legitimate gun owners in this state, then we could probably support something,” said Robert Crook, executive director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen.

With Congress due to return to Washington after a two-week Easter holiday break, Obama has been scheduling high-profile events on gun legislation to push lawmakers and sustain a drive for some kind of action aimed at curbing gun violence.

Last week, Obama called for legislation while flanked by 21 mothers who have lost children to gun violence. “I haven’t forgotten those kids,” he declared then.

But with just days left before the Senate begins its debate, there were signs that sweeping congressional efforts to address gun violence have flagged.

A proposed ban on assault weapons has little hope of passage and the prospects for barring large-capacity magazines also seem difficult. Key senators have been unable to reach a bipartisan compromise that would require federal background checks for gun transactions between private individuals. Federal background checks currently apply only to sales handled by licensed gun dealers.

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  • WeAry_Bat

    “If it (the legislation) did something to prevent this incident, where
    the fault lies with the individual and the mother, not with the
    legitimate gun owners in this state”

    A study in circumlocution of logic, because the mother was a legitimate gun owner.

  • kilabot

    gun control won’t work in ph.
    ask noykapon, the duranos, milf, mnlf, asg, kb,…

  • 33Sam

    This is total bull. Sandy Hook was a false flag. Little children were sacrificed to prove a point, that gun control advocates needed an excuse to get gun laws passed, not that a mad man had a gun. When you kill innocent children just to make an example of them and the fact that they were shot to death, you cease being a credible, sane human being. How are you more sane than a real insane person who commits a crime with a gun? An insane person is not capable of making a sane, sound judgement. That those that are entrusted to protect the Constitution are the exact same ones who violated the Constitution does not make a lick of sense. And how come higher-ups in government seem oblivious to this fact? Its because they must be behind all this. How can you trade a young life for a bogus law? Sandy Hook was planned and carried out by others than the accused. 92% of Americans have their heads up their rears on many matters. Doesn’t make them an aware group. Too much tainted food, water and bad TV programming. Their priorities are out of whack. Swallowing lies and being stupid seems to be the trend of today. Too bad no one sees the real malarkey coming down the road. The real reason the government wants gun control is so they will have an easier time fighting patriots when a civil war breaks out and by all signs, its looking exactly like that. Gun control happened in Germany when the Nazis planned their takeover. Any news media that carries this story is as guilty as the people who shot those children.

  • 33Sam

    And by the way, the Aurora shooting was another false flag. Same drugged out MKultra shooter-victim who could not have possibly shot all those people by himself. People will believe anything these days and are too stupid to discern much other than sports, sit-coms, video games, social networks and Hollywood. Look at all those paid-off dim witted cops in the above photo. America used to stand for something. Now it is a zombie land of yes men, mental defectives and sell-outs.

  • 33Sam

    How can laws that make sense be passed when the bulk of career politician Senators and Congressmen/women are in the back pockets of lobbyist self-interest groups? What bigger lobby is there than foreign trillionaire bankers who have an agenda of mass genocide to push?

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