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Victim's Family Calls For Sweeping Security, Gun Laws

The mother of 6-year-old Noah Pozner and her family are calling for a series of laws aimed at preventing future tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting, according to a report from the Hartford Courant.

 

Last week, the mother of 6-year-old Noah Pozner, who lost his life in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, said she had been in contact with the White House and wanted a chance to make her voice heard on gun control to President Barack Obama.

Now Noah's family -- including his mother Veronique, her brother Alexis Haller, and other maternal relatives -- are calling on the President to support a set of specific new laws on gun control and school security, according to the Hartford Courant.

"We recognize that no single law or reform will prevent targeted school shootings," said the letter provided to the Courant. "However, by enacting a wide range of reforms, federal, state and local governments can make our children much safer in schools."

Safety was a major factor in the Pozner family's move from New York to Connecticut, according to Patch archives. Noah's two sisters also attended the school, but were not injured or among the 20 children who lost their lives.

The family suggested reforms including nationwide school lockdown drills, federal grants to help schools update security, and increased mental health care after traumatic events like the Sandy Hook shooting, according to the Courant.

According to another law proposed by the family, the "Sandy Hook Reporting Law," anyone who was aware of a threat posed by someone with a firearm would be require to notify police.

The family's proposal also covered a string of gun control legislation, including a misdemeanor law designed to prohibit gun owners from allowing the weapons into the hands of people with mental illness.

"With gun ownership comes responsibility," the family said in the letter provided to the Courant. "The owner of a firearm has the obligation ... to ensure that the firearm is not accessible by an individual who poses a danger to others."

Vice President Joe Biden, responsible for the White House's Sandy Hook response, is still preparing recommendations for updated policy. Biden's proposals are expected to address gun availability and universal background checks, according to a report by the Huffington Post.

Sharon January 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM
I continue writing my Senator and The White House about going after gun owners who loan their guns and purchase guns for someone other than themselves. If Adam Lanza's mother were alive, she should face the criminal charges Adam Lanza would have received because she owned the guns, she loaned the guns to someone other than herself. In many horrible mass shootings, it was gun owners who purchased guns for the unstable shooters. If you can't get the guns, than it's time to make gun owners responsible for the guns they own. A gun owner should face a ten year sentence if he or she is caught purchasing a gun of any kind for someone other than themselves. If that gun is used in a crime, the gun owner will also be charged with that crime for loaning or giving the gun away in the first place. With something like this stated in law, gun owners will certainly lock their guns making certain nobody steals their guns again. My point is, if you can't get a ban on guns, then force owners to think responsible when giving and loaning and signing guns to someone else. Guns should not be passed around like candy.
Jerome Krasnow January 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM
I support the Posner's focus on addressing the total picture. During the Prohibition era, criminals used "Tommy guns" - rapid fire automatic weapons. They were banned and removed from society. How to keep such weapons away from the mentally ill is a challenging task, worthy of a fight. The fight will be great one and the outcome uncertain. As a result, I wish to focus on what may ahve a better chance of being achieved, now. What can be achieved is to secure the schools better. The double door system worked so well that the gunman had to breach another entry point - windows. Perhaps the solution is bullet-proof glass, or glass with chicken wire in it that makes access difficult even if shot through. The latter can be cost effective and easily installed. Additionally, analysis should be done to access to school grounds more difficult - perhaps concrete highway barriers as a perimeter defense, with intercom access required at a distance. Such a system could help address outside activities. At the Federal level, gun control and mental health funding should take priority. At the State and local level, security can and should be center stage. Thanks again to the Posner's for their focus on the total picture. May their efforts succeed, bringing meaning from the tragic loss of their child and all of the other children and adults. Jerome Krasnow
Mooditude January 16, 2013 at 02:27 AM
You can read Alexis Haller's proposal here http://www.newstimes.com/newtownshooting/article/Victims-parents-vow-no-more-Sandy-Hooks-4192203.php
karl petres January 16, 2013 at 06:11 AM
Night after night since New Town, I watch the anti - gun bigots at MSNBC et al seemingly ridicule those folks (or their representatives) who dare to voice opposition to their theme of "well, they can keep a few guns, just none of the models we have deemed evil, and also, gun owners must all be deeply ashamed of who they are and what they believe in" or something similar. I have finally come to the understanding that these folks really have no idea of the seriousness of the times. Each night, Ed Schultz and his ilk demand that someone in the GOP find the "guts" to stand-up and silence those who point out the fact that 1) the 2nd Amendment has exactly nothing to do with hunting, and 2) the 2nd empowers those who feel that tyranny has replaced the mechanics of the Republic. They seem befuddled that anyone would cringe at the suggestion that all semi-autos be registered with the feds, when the feds are precisely whom one would avoid passing such info on to in the first place! They don't get it, and viciously verbally maul men like Ted Nugent or Glen Beck, who dare to point out the danger of the executive behaving like a monarchy on the issue of guns. I guess they feel that when is comes down to cases, no one in their right minds would ever seriously believe that their guy in the executive could EVER be taken as a tyrant or that the 2nd Amendment was anything but a non-functioning and long forgotten anachronism (or embarrassment?). Are we that far gone? Are we living a joke?
karl petres January 16, 2013 at 07:08 AM
I beg to differ (from paragraph # 1). The semi auto T-Guns, ala todays AR-15 to M-16 military look-a-likes, are still available from Kahr Arms in Mass. Or at least were available, as I wager they too have found a place on Diane Feinstein's infamous "list". Are semi-auto "Tommy Guns" the "gun of choice" for 21st century criminals? The answer? Hell no! I seriously doubt they would even register on the FBI's most used in crimes assessment, or if so, probably less than 1 or 2 % nationally, right behind tire irons or louisville sluggers. Still, evil is evil, or so say the gun grabbers!
Backgammon January 20, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Thank you Karl, I was beginning to think everyone in CT had gone mad! This is a terrible tragedy and should never happen to any family. But it has. It has happened to people in OK, AR, CO and many other states. Why? Because all of these people need menetal health. The only thing this has to do with guns, is the gun grab. Choose Your Own Crime Stats An interesting look at Crime Stats in the United States using data from the FBI that doesn’t seem to be getting much discussion from either the press or politicians. There has been a 50% reduction in the violent crime rate in the last twenty years and neither political party is taking credit for this? I thought politicians always wanted to take credit for good things? Perhaps they don’t want to draw attention to the fact that higher crime rates seem to correspond with inner cities? The great thing about living in the United States is you’re Free To Choose, at least for now, so feel free to Choose Your Own Crime Stats if you don’t like these. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooa98FHuaU0&feature=player_embedded

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