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Gun-Control Group's First Meeting Draws Large Crowd

The first meeting of the Community Coalition for Responsible Gun Control was held Monday night at the Community House ... were you there? What did you take away from the meeting?

About 100 people, including state legislators and representatives of U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Third District U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, packed the Community House on Church Street Monday night for the first meeting of the Community Coalition for Responsible Gun Control, according to the New Haven Register.

The group is the brainchild of Branford resident and current Board of Education Chair Frank Carrano, who told Patch last week that he "felt compelled to do some followup" after he posted concerns over gun control on his Facebook page following the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown and "people were really responsive."

According to the Register, the discussion at Monday night's meeting, which was attended by state Sen. Ed Meyer and state Reps. Patricia Widlitz and Lonnie Reed, stayed focused mostly on the root causes of gun violence.

Did you attend the meeting? Was the discussion meaningful? Will you attend future meetings? Tell us in the comments.

donald n. mei January 15, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I want to thank Frank Carrano for his efforts. I attended and spoke at the meeting. For the record, I am a gun owner: Ive been target and trap shooting since I joined the Notre Dame HS rifle team fifty years ago. Im not an NRA member though I have been in the past. I thought the meeting went reasonably well. A number of our local politicians attended and I think Representatives Widlitz and Reed came with open minds to get a sense of what their constituents feel. A representative from Congresswoman DeLauros office came and read a statement that was replete with the kind of inane comments people make when they really dont know what they are talking about. Not much hope for rational discussion there. Ed Meyer came too and unfortunately, he too failed to come with an open mind. That was obvious at the outset when he dismissed out of hand any discussion about staioning police officers in schools because of the cost involved. He said he was told by the Guilford chief it would cost Guilford one million dollars a year. I asked him what Guilford's budget was; he didnt know. I do: its $83 million. Adding one million to that would be about a 1.25% increase which translates into additional cost per household to about $50 to $75 annually, depending on the property tax rate. Seems like a small amount for the added security.
donald n. mei January 15, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Part 2. Senator Meyer also brought along copies of his senate bill 543 which proposes to make it a felony to have anything other than a single shot firearm. It's an absurd piece of legislation which he knows full well has no chance of passage. Sad too, because by doing so, he purposely provokes even the most moderate of gun owners because they know its absurd. It certainly isn't the kind of action that lends itself to establishing a dialogue. I do feel encouraged by the meeting. A number of people made the point that the focal point of the discussion should be violence and how to limit it. Mental heath issues, cultural issues, video games and firearms are all part of the mix. The key seems to be straightforward honesty; no cliches, no pandering. If we do that we might get somewhere.
Bill Keane January 15, 2013 at 08:42 PM
In these type of discussions, we define ourselves, much more so than the technology under discussion. I thought people did their level best to be respectful, which was good, as children were present, and how we handle ourselves in conversation profoundly teaches them about what it means to have the First Amendment as well as the Second.
john cinque January 16, 2013 at 03:39 PM
there are many dirty secrets that the public knows nothing about....unfortunately for those who choose to rule over us instead of represent do not realize that far too many people today .....are awake and now realize what our future holds Warren v. District of Columbia[1] (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981) is an oft-quoted[2] District of Columbia Court of Appeals (equivalent to a state supreme court) case that held police do not have a duty to provide police services to individuals, even if a dispatcher promises help to be on the way, except when police develop a special duty to particular individuals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_v._District_of_Columbia
john cinque January 16, 2013 at 03:40 PM
i am sure there is absolutely nothing to worry about with this new army position.... Internment/Resettlement Specialist (31E) Internment/resettlement specialists are primarily responsible for day-to-day operations in a military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility. http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/legal-and-law-enforcement/internment-resettlement-specialist.html
john cinque January 16, 2013 at 03:40 PM
this is for the low information voters.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4odRsp_hbR8
john cinque January 16, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Military Police Internment/Resettlement Operations http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/mil_pol_operations.pdf Military Police Enemy Prisoners of War, Retained Personnel, Civilian Internees and Other Detainees http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/law/ar190-8.pdf U.S. Army Civilian Inmate Labor Program http://www.freedomfiles.org/war/r210_35.pdf a document originating from Halliburton subsidiary KBR that provides details on a push to outfit FEMA and U.S. Army camps around the United States. Entitled “Project Overview and Anticipated Project Requirements,” http://static.infowars.com/2011/12/i/general/kbr-doc.pdf A Stability Police Force for the United States Justification and Options for Creating U.S. Capabilities http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG819.pdf COME TO THINK ABOUT IT...NOTHING TO SEE HERE....JUST MOVE ALONG CITIZEN...THE NEXT PASTURE HAS SOME YUMMY GRASS TO CHEW ON
john cinque January 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM
THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN...if it truly was then our RULERS would be passing a bill immediately so our teachers and administrators could be ARMED....this whole folly is nothing but an IDEOLOGICAL CRUSADE....

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