The State Legislature in Connecticut has approved radical changes to gun laws in the state. The "tough" measures include a ban on new high-capacity magazines and background checks on all gun buyers. Both the senate and lower house in Connecticut agreed the changes. It took 13 hours of debate, following weeks of chewing the fat, to reach the agreement.
The BBC reports that the measures passed Thursday include:
Does the change in Connecticut sound radical to you? It does not to me, but then I am a Brit. The gun lobby in the USA claim that the measures would not have prevented the Sandy Hook massacre and it is hard not to agree.
In December, in Connecticut, shooter Adam Lanza used his Mom's weapons to kill 20 children and six adults before killing himself. The new laws would not have prevented his access to the guns.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, in Newtown, Connecticut, USA, many Americans believed the time was right for a radical overhaul of the country's gun laws. Not so easy with such a vast country which is split into States with differing laws. After all some States are larger than other countries around the world. Still there was a will for change, but it did not last long.
As the horror of the day subsided and eased into memory more pressing issues, such as " I want to remain armed" came to the fore. The country was divided with the NRA, national rifle association, all for promoting more guns as a means of preventing a further tragedy. Armed guards in schools would be costly but after days of silence following Newtown that was the only solution the NRA could come up with. Armed guards in schools, or gun-toting teachers would resolve the problem.
Four months later America is divided. Another Newtown, Colorado Theatre massacre or Columbine school shooting is sure to follow unless action is taken.
Connecticut has at least made the token gesture of tightening gun laws. In time this will help prevent another massacre. For now it does nothing to address those who already have weapons in the home; but it is a start and deserves recognition.
Will it stop citizens purchasing weapons from other states though? You tell me.
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