Branford resident and current Board of Education Chair Frank Carrano is inviting the public to attend an organizational meeting of the Community Coalition for Responsible Gun Control to be held at the Community House on Monday January 14 at 7 p.m. Carrano stated that the committee is independent of the BOE and also does not have town affiliation. What it does have is political ambition. State Representative Lonnie Reed as well as State Senator Edward Meyer plan on attending stated Carrano.
Immediately following the tragedy at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Carrano said he took to his personal Facebook page and expressed concern over gun control. “People were really responsive,” he said. “I felt compelled to do some follow-up,” he added and the Community Coalition for Responsible Gun Control was born.
So far there are no committee members. “Monday is really step one,” he said. Carrano said he hopes some attendees will become committee members. It’s really growing in real-time, he explained.
This week was the opening of the 2013 legislation session, explained Carrano, and he thinks it’s the perfect time for Branford to contribute to the conversation on responsible gun control and he hopes this committee can be the platform. “Anything that we can do here to add to the conversation… this would be the right time,” he said.
Carrano said the focus at the start is “really about how to make the process work so that everyone’s interests are covered.” Carrano said there are no sides of the issue – for or against guns – but he hopes all groups can work together.
Carrano said his goal for the committee is to see the discussion expand into safety for the community including the youth as well as the elderly who live alone. “I am hoping this goes beyond gun control he stated.”