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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:19 AM

The Brady Campaign gives Connecticut high grades for its gun laws

It ranks the state 5th of all 50 states.

http://www.bradycampaign.org/stategunlaws/scorecard/CT/

I have not seen any reports that the shooter's mother circumnavigated Connecticut laws by going to other states.

The NRA appears to have little influence in Connecticut. Just a small fraction of the total amount the NRA Super PAC spent in 2012 on political donations went to campaigns in that state.

"Though the NRA has not had good success in Connecticut's congressional contests, at least 15 sitting members of the state legislature received contributions from the NRA.....Since 2010, the NRA has reported spending $8,000 on lobbying at the state, records from the Office of State Ethics show,....On the federal level, the NRA has spent more than $2.2 million on lobbying on issues from firearms, right to bear arms and on homeland security issues."

http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2012/connecticut-shooting/

The governor is a Democrat, Governor Dan Malloy, and Dems have a large majority over the Repubs in both chambers of the General Assembly.

"Members of the General Assembly, regardless of chamber, serve two-year terms; there are no term limits imposed on them. The 2011-2013 House is made up of 52 Republicans and 99 Democrats, while the 2011-2013 Senate has 14 Republicans and 22 Democrats."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_Legislature#Membership

There doesn't appear to be been much impediment to Connecticut passing stricter gun laws that may have prevented this tragedy. On the other hand, passing legislation on a federal level that would match the gun control laws already in force in Connecticut would be a huge undertaking. Especially when one considers that the House is controlled by the Repubs.

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:42 AM

1. I don't know what to make of the fact that our first call is to emulate CT's gun laws nationally

There's something surreal there.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:52 AM

2. One would have to argue for even stricter laws then what Connecticut already has.

And work to get such laws passed on a federal level.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:02 AM

6. What does "stricter" mean in this context? (nt)

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Response to Recursion (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:09 AM

12. There is a case to be made

That if the whole country had laws as strict as CT it would be harder to get your hands on these weapons.

One thing that I am confused about - I have read that the mother had a legal license for all of the guns, but isn't one of the guns that was used illegal in CT? If so, how did she have a license for it?

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:11 AM

13. I read that the police believe all the guns used were registered.

Will have to wait for me info I guess.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:16 AM

15. The rifle would have been illegal with a bayonet lug

With the caveat that a lot of info still isn't out.

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:56 AM

3. It just goes to show how far we have to go.

If this can happen in the 5th ranked state, the nation as whole is abysmal on gun control.

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Response to morningfog (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:57 AM

5. exactly

'strong gun control' in this country is still on where where it needs to be.

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Response to morningfog (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:02 AM

7. Or it shows that "gun control" as we think of it now isn't what works

Let's figure out what does.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:04 AM

8. Gun control as it is now is a joke. That is very much the point.

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Response to morningfog (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:07 AM

11. I don't have a problem with many of the ideas proposed here at DU

I could care less if all semi-automatics were banned and I do think it a good idea that everyone who owns a gun or wishes to purchase such first attend a gun safety course and go thru a background check.

I don't hunt anymore and don't need a weapon for home defense but if I did, I'd be quite okay with a 6 shot DA revolver and/or a lever action carbine for such purposes.

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:57 AM

4. clearly they need to be tighter

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:05 AM

9. Grades are relative. Someone has to get an "A" and someone an "F".

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:06 AM

10. When you compare the US to the rest of the developed world, I doubt any state could

get a passing grade.

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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:13 AM

14. Don't feed the gun nuts. They will trot out all kinds of fallacies

 

And anecdotal evidence to protect their right to kill.

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