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Victim's Mother Wants Say in Gun Control Debate

The mother of a Sandy Hook Elementary School student who was killed on Dec. 14 will discuss the president's planned actions on gun control before they are enacted.

The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will have a chance to share her family's views on gun control with President Barack Obama before he proposes any changes to gun laws. 

The Associated Press reports that Noah Pozner's mother has been in contact with the White House after she expressed a desire to make her voice heard on the gun control debate.

"There is no perspective more meaningful in this process than that of a parent who has lost a child," spokesman Matt Lehrich said in an emailed statement to the AP.

According to Patch archives, Pozner's parents moved to Connecticut from New York to live in a safe community. Pozner's twin sister and 8-year-old sister attend Sandy Hook School, but they were not injured in the Dec. 14 shooting that claimed the life of 20 students and six educators.

In a eulogy, Pozner's mother talked about how her son wanted to be a doctor, a soldier and a taco factory manager. "It was your favorite food, and no doubt you wanted to ensure that the world kept producing tacos," she said in a statement. 

In the past month since the Newtown tragedy, Vice President Joe Biden has been working with lawmakers from both parties on a series of proposals. On Tuesday, he is expected to announce sweeping changes to gun laws.

According to a report by the Huffington Post, Biden's proposals are likely to address the availability and access to certain types of guns and ammunition and tackle the issue of data collection and background checks. Those proposals would be forwarded to the President's desk.

Mom of two January 13, 2013 at 01:38 AM
God given right to own a gun Tim? Really, get over yourself.
Marcus Poulin January 13, 2013 at 02:33 AM
What are my true intentions? lol. Since you know me So well. lol Whatever I do gun-wise or hunting-wise is really none of your business anyway.... :) You won't even put your name on here but I do.
Marcus Poulin January 13, 2013 at 02:59 AM
No I just know what I am talking about. Is the entire country of Switzerland composed of extremists? Hardly. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/1566715.stm "Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture - but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept. The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols." <-------Actual Fully-Automatic weapons not the "Automatic weapons" some of the clueless ones on this page keep referring to.
Tim January 13, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Why don't you either read the Constitution and accept it or move to some liberal utopia, er third world banana republic where weapons are banned and everyone is happy.
Country Mouse January 13, 2013 at 04:06 AM
@DIL thank you for your intelligent discussion and conversation. You have been nothing but polite and thoughtful in your debate and as another intelligent person i just want to apologize for others here who have not shown the same respect and restraint with their comments. As a mother of three my heart bleeds daily for these families. My hopes and prayers go out to the families and I admire & commend them for their inner strength. Lets not forget this discussion is about their lost angels. I support the first and second amendments. I accept that it is a persons right to own a gun for protection. Unfortunately DIL much discussion is falling on deaf ears. People who choose to so narrow/restrict their thinking and perspective have little room left to engage in thoughtful discussion & compromise.
Country Mouse January 13, 2013 at 04:08 AM
@Tim I highly doubt the founding fathers were offered a crystal ball to see how far technology could and would advance, perhaps if they did they may have amended their thinking (heck electricity was still a novelty). Limitless ? High capacity artillery rifles today, shall every citizen have an armored tank tomorrow under second amendment provisions? History's purpose is also to learn and advance from. We EVOLVE. We can think intelligently, brainstorm & compromise for the good of all people. @Tim while i understand not in regards to the second amendment, founding fathers by their governmental laws and infrastructure also found it lawful and typical to own slaves, but alas thank God we evolved and realized our founding fathers were quite short sighted in that thought process and abolished this. That's the point. Time does not stand still, the world spins daily, change comes daily, we learn from our mistakes and try to improve. We can never replace those lives lost but please don't let their precious lives be in vain by shoving a limitless second amendment down everyone's throat.
Country Mouse January 13, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Stop attacking DIL and probably me next. We are not your enemies, we are not trying to take all your guns. We are probably some of the more liberal minded of what you consider your threatening opposition. NRA, Smith & Wesson the list of organizations goes on... Discuss/explore Fingerprint trigger locks on guns making each owner responsible for every time it discharges, a ban on civilian ownership of artillery rifles, or existing artillery rifle use/storage/safe-keeping only at designated ranges, limited capacity clips, mandatory gun safe ownership with gun purchases, more safety courses on handling & responsible gun ownership... Think people. Gun enthusiasts: Many of us are calling for gun owners to be more responsible & liable for the weapon(s) you have a right and choose to own, to keep weapons intended for fatalities out of the hands of civilians, to protect innocent people and children from becoming future victims of careless or unrestricted ownership. Again please stop and THINK... DISCUSS... EVOLVE.
Heather Bruno January 13, 2013 at 04:11 AM
When the constitution was crafted our country was much different -no violent video games, no violent movies, no violent tv series (think of all the csi crap on regular tv) etc... I don't think the founders of the constitution could even come close to visualizing our country as it is today -and I can promise you that they did not envision innocent children and teachers dying in a matter of seconds - I would hope that they would want change -think of all the unitelligent decisions that were in existence back then slavery, women's sufferance ... Our country needs change right now but a lot of people are afraid of change but we are Americans and we will make it happen despite the resistance of the misguided minority. To Mrs. Pozner my heart goes out to you -I feel like we as Americans failed you and all the other victim's families. You stay strong and fight for gun control and any other changes that need to be made to honor your son -you have my full support for I am also a mom. I think about Noah and the others every day and night -peace to you and may God be with you.
Tim January 13, 2013 at 05:55 AM
You are the enemy if you're seeking to deny me my Constitutional rights. But, if you really want my guns and the other 300 plus million legally owned then at least be ready to pay us all fair market value for them... should only cost somewhere in the neighborhood of a trillion dollars.
Tim January 13, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Where did I say the Second Amendment is "limitless"? We already have substantial federal and state laws limiting the Second Amendment. So now you want to limit magazines and polymer rifles that "look" like military weapons, despite the fact that under the hood, they are nothing like them. Ok, fine. Let's say I stipulate to everything you recommend. Is that the end of it? Or when the next nut job uses a dozen pistols or revolvers to commit the next mass murder will we then be taking away all hand guns? As I linked to above, the state of Illinois is already trying. It does seem you want to ban all guns that use cartridge ammunition and send us back to the days of black powder muzzle loaders like our Founder had. In my opinion that is too far. If you really want this and think we need to "evolve" then fine. But do it the right way. Slavery was an evil thing. There was nothing in the Constitution originally that permitted slavery but it took three Constitutional Amendments to end that evil. On the other hand we have a right to "keep and bear arms". If you want to get rid of that then stop with the politburo tactics that we hear from the left wing gun grabbers and seek a Constitutional Amendment to repeal it. Truth be told, I know it, and you know it, there is nowhere near the support for it to get a 2/3 vote in both houses of Congress to propose it and 2/3 of state legislatures to ratify it.
Country Mouse January 13, 2013 at 06:15 AM
@Tim I will not entertain an argument with you. The comments you have posted clearly demonstrate that you are only willing to hear what you want to hear and talk about the narrow scope that you feel is worthy of discussion. You have not been respectful to others nor have you respected their first amendment rights to have an opinion that differs from your own. As for your comments directed to me personally, read the rest of my comments, I support the second amendment, I'm not looking to take all your precious guns, i am not an anti-gunner as you imply, please do not put words in my mouth and take the liberty of reading peoples comments in their entirety. You don't even seem to know which people to be fighting. And you continually disappoint me with your lack of proactive ideas to bring change. All that energy and passion you have yet funneled so unproductively. I hope that you are able to get past your anger, expand your thinking, i hope you will in the future choose to treat others the way you would like to be treated. and with that I wish you well.
George S January 13, 2013 at 07:12 AM
Common-sense gun safety regulations such as removing the gun show loopholes for background checks, and placing limits on the lethality of weapons, are obviously not violations of the 2nd Amendment. The reason this is true in a practical sense is that Justice Scalia - the most extremely gun-friendly of judges - has pointed out that such regulations are fine Constitutionally. For example, see http://www.examiner.com/article/scalia-s-gun-remarks-outrage-conservatives. In other words, there clearly is no need to "amend the Constitution", as Tim was asserting.
Tim January 13, 2013 at 07:25 AM
No, you're not looking to take "all" of my guns, just "some". Thank you for allowing me the privilege to keep one or two. I'm not trying to deny anyone their First Amendment right. You've exercised that right and at no time did I or anyone else try to take the right from you. You (general you as in anti-gun crowd) are attempting to infringe on my Second Amendment right (again, read what Illinois is attempting right now) so you'll have to forgive me if I am not going to sit here and take it. I'll continue to exercise my First Amendment rights by speaking out, not just on here, but in public and with my wallet. You've sold me on upgrading my NRA membership to Life Membership. It was money well spent. It's sad too, because I do believe there are reasonable ideas out there to strengthen gun laws that I would be willing to accept as I've said before, but as long as the extreme left wing is dominating your side of the debate, there can be no rational dialogue.
Tim January 13, 2013 at 07:34 AM
George, there is no "gun show loophole" that I am aware of. As far as I know, everyone is subject to the NICS check before taking possession of a firearm. The problem I have with "Universal" background checks is if I want to give a firearm to my adult son, or parent, I shouldn't have to pay fees and subject them to a background check. I'm not sure what you mean about "lethality" of weapons. It's the ammunition the gun uses, not what the gun "looks" like that should matter to you. The .223 caliber round that was used by Lanza is far weaker than the higher caliber big game rounds used for hunting that would cause MUCH more damage. I am fine with limiting magazines to ten rounds (like NY does). However, if you want to ban ALL semi-auto firearms which would include my 100 year old pistol, then you're talking about banning over 75% of all handguns. You are going to have to repeal the Second Amendment to achieve that in my opinion... if we're talking about doing this Constitutionally. Or, we can just shred it altogether I guess.
Tim January 13, 2013 at 07:36 AM
Then amend the Constitution. This isn't the old Soviet Union. Also, you anti gunners are NOT a majority but even if you were, the Constitution protects the rights of the minority against a tyrannical majority. Try reading it. You could learn something.
Country Mouse January 13, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Tim you dont seem to reside here in Sandy Hook. Our town, my town, Sandy Hook is trying desperately to continue move forward and heal. Come visit if you would like to get to know us, see how intelligent we are, see who we are. please let us continue to heal by putting an end to your rude, mean, disrespectful comments pointed towards many of our residents. Respect the families, the victims, our neighbors, our friends and for the love of God if you have nothing positive or productive to contribute to change , just stop. I'm sure many would appreciate it. Again I wish you well on your path.
Marcus Poulin January 13, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Geoge Scalia may say that but alas what do you have to say when the Liberal Con Law Scholars like Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School, Sandy Levinson, and Ahkil Amar are saying things like this: "By contrast, if the Second Amendment's language really did guarantee a right to guns in homes, by what authority could judges allow for a different approach in D.C.? And then, if one has a Second Amendment right to a pistol or shotgun at home, why not a machine gun? Given that the Second Amendment's core right is military, it would seem odd that military arms would be easier to ban than other weapons." http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2008/03/putting_the_second_amendment_second.2.html And that is now the Liberal Constitutional Scholars saying that and that quote is from Amar who is the World's Preeminent Expert on the 14th Amendment.
Tim January 13, 2013 at 08:49 AM
I have been through your area many times. I am originally from Brookfield... not that it's any of your concern. My comments are not intended to me mean or rude. I've posted no comments on this Patch site on articles pertaining to the victims healing, or sorrow, etc. I've only commented on articles that explicitly address gun control, or posters who've brought up gun control. If your focus is indeed on recovery and healing, I am in support of you 100%. But, if your focus is on taking away my rights, then I will not sit in silence and allow that to happen. I am sure you are quite intelligent. I just think your views on guns are misguided. I doubt you've ever taken a class on gun safety, or handled or fired a gun on the range. I doubt you've ever been in a position where your life or the life of someone you know has been threatened. For example, several of the thousands of Westchester County gun owners who've had their names and addresses published by the Journal News are retired law enforcement, or victims of domestic violence, battered women, etc. who've decided they want to have a gun. Did these law abiding people, crime victims deserve to have the Journal News publish their names and addresses complete with a Google map to pictures of their homes? I respect your right to your opinion. Please respect mine.
geri January 13, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Does anyone remember what the word "amendment" means? Come on people!
Matt Bracksieck January 13, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Read up! “A society that is relying on guys with guns to stop violence is a sign of a society where institutions have broken down,” said Rebecca Peters, former director of the International Action Network on Small Arms. “It’s shocking to hear anyone in the United States considering a solution that would make it seem more like Colombia.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/sunday-review/more-guns-more-killing.html?hpw
Matt Bracksieck January 13, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Not long after the immediate shock and horror of what happened at Sandy Hook wore off did the gun control debate start up again. It is an understandable reaction to try to have some control over what seems like an unfathomable action… to try to wrestle unmanageable grief into something that can be dealt with. My own personal beliefs regarding gun control have been the same long before this tragedy and will remain consistent long after Sandy Hook begins to heal. My beliefs are based on the purpose of the tools available to us. Opponents to gun control will say that a gun is just a tool and so in the hands of the right person it is useful. Guns don't kill people, people kill people and if there was no gun there would just be another way to kill. As a piece of technology, the gun is a tool, but there are a wide variety of guns each with it's own purpose. A hunting rifle may be appropriate in some places as a useful tool, but what is the purpose of the .223 Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle with the extended capacity clip, the 10mm Glock or the 9mm Sig Sauer? Those weapons serve only to kill human beings.
Matt Bracksieck January 13, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Part 2: I read in the New York Times about the weapons carried by the gunman and what he did with the tools legally available to him because his mother was a "gun enthusiast." And I think of the comments I have seen: the man was deranged and would have found another way to kill; if he wanted the guns badly enough, he would have been able to get them illegally; this is the mother's fault for not securing the guns properly; if there was someone armed in the school, maybe this wouldn't have happened. These excuses all seem hollow to me because in the end what is being excused is the right to own a tool with no purpose other than to kill other human beings. Neither do I find any logic in the argument that if we ban guns because people die then we should also ban cars because of the deaths they cause, ban knives because they can be used as weapons, etc. My support for gun control goes back to purpose--there is no purpose for handguns or semiautomatic weapons other than to kill human beings. There is no doubt in my mind that the vast majority of gun owners are careful and responsible with their tools. But it is time that we as a society acknowledge that without gun control we are saying that we accept a tool which has no purpose other than to kill other human beings as a normal piece of our society and that this is who we are. It is time to find another hobby.
Country Mouse January 13, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Part 1 Tim- you think you know people-wrong. Best way to make headway in a conflict or debate -start by knowing your opponent. Assumptions you make about me comically all wrong. Some of my neighbors on this thread are hurt & offended by your remarks. Yes I've been to a range, yes I know how to handle a handgun, yes I support the second amendment, yes many of my cousins & relatives are avid hunters and own gun responsibly, yes my family is from the south, yes in 1991 my mother was nearly fatally wounded-shot by someone with a legal handgun, yes in 1996 my father(ps-all knowing Tim was a longtime NRA Member, handgun owner, & supporter of guns) was shot fatally in the chest at point blank range in his store by 2 neighborhood teens 13 & 16 both with prior records with a gun they acquired from a "friend" that made them suddenly invincible, so yes I first handedly understand the effects of violent gun crimes. clearly you know nothing.
Country Mouse January 13, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Part 2 You offer no solution based thinking which is obnoxious. Im schooled impeccably,school wise & street wise sir. Also raised to be a lady, which is why i am literally biting my tongue. I intelligently realize the system is viciously flawed, I have no agenda other than to protect innocent people. Stop putting your selfish one agenda in front and instead offer SOLUTIONS to the viciously flawed system that is allowing for children to be slaughtered, yes slaughtered-clearly from your gun knowledge & my medical training I don't need to explain to you exactly what manner these children's bodies were disfigured from the use of this particular weapon/ammunition-one of those children's mom who this original article was about, which you've completely lost sight of. In honor of my family and all the others lost violently in the face of irresponsible gun use and following my moms advice, choose to ignore you from this point further & pray to God daily that you grow to be a more kind person, the kind of people change we need. People kill people, guns make it easier.
Marcus Poulin January 13, 2013 at 06:10 PM
"As a piece of technology, the gun is a tool, but there are a wide variety of guns each with it's own purpose. A hunting rifle may be appropriate in some places as a useful tool, but what is the purpose of the .223 Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle with the extended capacity clip, the 10mm Glock or the 9mm Sig Sauer? Those weapons serve only to kill human beings." -Matt. Matt that is why I have all kinds of them and millions of other Americans do as well. Yet nothing bad ever happens with them. 5 Million AR-15's in this country and now what percentage are used in crime? The 2nd Amendment ISN'T About Hunting. Matt how many times do we have to tell you that or are you not intelligent enough to understand case law and jurisprudence?
Marcus Poulin January 13, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Now how many decades have I had Colt AR-15's, Colt M4's, Izmash AKM's, and MPi AKM's (not an AK-47). Galils, SIG StG's, HK 91's and 93's but again you are too indolent to know what one is besides the confines of a useless liberal buzzword. And then again how many people have they killed? Since they according to you are so full of malvolence and ALL they DO is kill people. lol You have a totally baseless argument and a fraudulent one. Argumentum ad populam....check into it. lol
Marcus Poulin January 13, 2013 at 06:20 PM
County Mouse "Stop putting your selfish one agenda in front" Now just might have done just that Country Mouse of putting their vicious agenda in front resulting in the deaths of countless people...many many of them being children? Could it have our wonderful and benevolent President Barack Obama???? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/president-obama-falsely-claims-fast-and-furious-program-begun-under-the-previous-administration/ "The Daily Caller reports that Univision linked two cartel mass slayings to F&F firearms, one involving an attack by 20 hit men on a student party, which left 14 dead and 12 wounded. It noted that 57 previously unreported F&F guns were linked to murders and kidnappings in Mexico. Separately, it reports that when that cartel's top enforcer and carnage king was arrested in 2011, he was carrying F&F guns." http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/01/univision-report-connects-operation-fast-and-furious-scandal-to-murders-of-mexican-teenagers/
Matt Bracksieck January 13, 2013 at 06:21 PM
"Matt how many times do we have to tell you that or are you not intelligent enough to understand case law and jurisprudence?" I don't know... Seven? I'm really not worried about it because in the end I'm going to get your guns. BOO!
Matt Bracksieck January 13, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Educate me. What are they designed for? I said they were designed to more effectively and more efficiently end human life. Am I wrong? PS--I used to own an SKS that I took shooting... when I was 18... then I grew up and became a man who didn't need to hide behind guns.
Marcus Poulin January 13, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Matt Doubtful that you will. But how do you explain your President who wants to ban guns from law-abiding Americans but in contrast sends thousands of those very same weapons to the most vile, murderous, and violent drug cartels on Earth????

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