I Am Ready for Action...the Newtown Action!

After years of being silent on the issue of gun violence, I made a promise on December 14th to take action to demand legislative changes for marked reduction in gun violence and death our country.

My heart broke on December 14, 2012.  Many of us are still in shock.  How could something like this happen in Newtown?  How could the shooter be from my neighborhood?  My shock immediately turned into anger at the politicians who failed to protect our children and our teachers because they consistently align with the gun lobby to further their political careers rather than passing sensible laws to prevent gun violence. 

I am also angry with myself for not doing anything after a decade of news of other mass shootings in schools, malls and movie theaters and senseless gun deaths in our cities.  I am culpable for the escalation of gun violence and for proliferation of guns in our society with my silence.  I did not pay attention.  I never looked at the NRA ratings.  I never sent a letter or an e-mail or made a phone call to our elected representatives to ask them to do something about the escalation of gun violence in our country.  I am forever changed by what happened on December 14th.   I promised to get engaged to honor the 26 lives lost by doing everything I can to create the change that is necessary for our children to grow up feeling safe in schools and other public places. 

I worked with 16 other co-founders to launch the Sandy Hook Promise and I fully support their long term mission to reduce the culture of violence in our nation.  The state and federal lawmakers are moving fast in response to one of the most horrific events our country has seen and I feel compelled to work to ensure that our lawmakers strengthen the laws to protect our children from gun violence. 

I have made a decision to work with Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), a grass roots organization being formed by a group of Newtown residents who traveled down to march in Washington DC on January 26th.  The NAA will be fighting to strengthen the gun laws for marked reduction in gun violence and death in our town, our state and our country.  The Connecticut General Assembly’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety is expected to present a bill by February 15th and the General Assembly is expected to vote on a bill by the end of this month. 

I encourage anyone who is interested in helping the NAA to sign up for the e-mail alerts:  https://tinyletter.com/NewtownAction and “LIKE” NAA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NewtownActionAlliance .  Please attend the NAA Action meeting on Thursday, February 7th at 7pm in the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall on 45 Main Street in Newtown. 

The NAA sent its first “Newtown Action Alliance Action Alert” on Saturday encouraging Connecticut residents to make phone calls and to send letters/e-mails to some lawmakers that need our special attention.   I believe it is critical for Connecticut to pass the most comprehensive gun safety legislation that this country has ever seen.  The State of New York passed its bold legislation last month.  The world is watching Newtown and Connecticut!   Please join me and take action!

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Siwanoy March 14, 2013 at 02:37 PM
ctrl + F and search for ban notice how its brought up almost exclusively by pro-gun people, and not by anti-gun people?
Oz March 14, 2013 at 03:19 PM
That's right Siwanoy. Try again, DBJ. Try harder, much, much harder.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 14, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Siwanoy, Enjoy this one. It's about a mother who refuses to protect her children with a gun should someone break into her house. Nice. http://wr2a.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/leslie-marshall-her-anti-gun-rhetoric-shows-her-inability-to-be-a-mother/
Siwanoy March 14, 2013 at 06:52 PM
So no response to you trying to argue against a ban, when OZ didn't say ban? OK. On to your link... so what, she clearly stated that she doesn't need a gun to defend herself, and since statistics show you're more likely to die from the gun in your house then to kill someone with it.. shes probably right. anybody who NEEDS a gun for self-defense in a non-combat zone, and says they can't defend themselves without its puting themselves at a serious disadvantage. The first thing a criminal is going to do if he/she wants to rob your house and you brandish a gun is going to be to disarm you... so while you were so ready to defend yourself with a gun, all of a sudden you have no gun.. the only method you know of to defend yourself. Shes weighing the probabilities and risks. she is allowed to come to her own conclusion. keep on arguing against bans though, when i was younger and i was in a debate and I had the weaker position i would always change what the debate was about or make the opposition try to defend a statement I would trick them into thinking they made.... its a very useful tactic when you can't debate the actual talking point.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 14, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Siwanoy, Class is now in session. Take notes. You said: "The first thing a criminal is going to do if he/she wants to rob your house and you brandish a gun is going to be to disarm you..." Nope. The first thing they will do is run. Or get shot. Whichever. http://www.akdart.com/gun3.html Leslie Marshall is a sorry excuse for a mother. Any mother that would shrug their shoulders and glibly reply that if someone breaks into her house has 'earned it' is a danger to herself and her children. Criminals fear armed victims, hence, they prefer unarmed victims. Derp.
Concerned Parent March 15, 2013 at 04:40 PM
@Jeff...I'm not sure you know one child was shot "11 TIMES" at Sandy Hook...that's only one child! I find this argument over magazine size utterly disgusting and using the Constitution as a crutch to keep them. It is no longer about the gun, but the number of rounds the gun can hold. This is not about being a true American and honoring the Constitution, it's about a bunch of people who just like their guns. Period. And for those who suffer from paranoia, if you think that your gun will protect you from automatic weapons (in the event of a gov't incursion), you are completely delusional and should seek some professional help.
Jim Lott March 15, 2013 at 09:38 PM
@Jeff, I presume you agree with guns for the purpose of personal self-defense? It's spelled out very directly in the CT constitution. If so, the problem is that mag limits are like trying to stop drownings by taking the water out of a swimming pool. When you get to the point where round limitations hypothetically could reduce victims in mass shootings, you've taken a bite out of an individual's ability to defend themselves. You can't swim in 6" of water. Magazine restrictions also work strongly in the favor of mass murders who: (A) don't need to obey the magazine restriction, (B) can load their bodies with as many magazines as they could physically carry, (C) can reload in 3 or less seconds without much practice, (D) often have carried an immediately accessible backup gun and (E) Tuscon is the only case in recent memory where a shooter was taken down during a reload. There is also no science to support the reductions of murders from a ten round limitation. There is studies conducted after the 94 assault weapons ban showing no effect. Most shooters who you talk to believe the 10 round restriction would be ineffectual and replaced (unless overturned by the courts) by a series of more restrictive limits until we are left with our 6" swimming pool no longer able to swim. If you do not support armed self defense, that may not be a problem for you but the Connecticut and US bill of rights would need to be changed.
ahhhnonymous March 15, 2013 at 09:57 PM
@Siwanoy: Notice how you refer to yourself as "anti gun"? Your words speak volumes towards your intent.
Jeff March 16, 2013 at 12:29 AM
@Jim Lott- You misread my comments. Hard to find a person more pro-rights than me. No need to explain why it's foolish to restrict magazine capacity for my benefit. I understand criminals don't obey laws. Restricting me to 10 would be the same as tying one arm behind my back against a madman and wishing me luck. If a 10 rd restriction makes sense, than the police should be the first to embrace this limit on themselves. If not, they should explain why! Our wise leaders could just draft a few more laws and we'd all be safe, well, at least in their minds. I suspect the police know better. My thoughts, well, I agree with our founding Fathers. "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.". ~ Thomas Jefferson Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples " Liberty's teeth." ~ George Washington. Lastly, my favorite when it comes to what " I Need " from the misinformed, " Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom, it is the arguement of tyrants: it is the creed of slaves."
Donald Borsch Jr. March 16, 2013 at 03:51 AM
PGIII, You said: "Enlighten me as to the undesirable side effects that have occured as a result of gun laws." Chicago. Unarmed legal citizens by draconian laws. Criminals (non-law-abiders) killing Chicagoans in record numbers with illegal guns. The undesirable side effect: no good guys with guns to intimidate the bad guys with guns. Welcome to Chicago! We have the strictest gun control laws in America! Please don't get shot, by the way, because we need the tourism money.
Thomas Paine March 16, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Siwanoy - Are you capable of reading? Why don't you check out this other Patch article discussing the hysterics being discussed by Gov Malloy's Sandy Hook Commission. http://wilton.patch.com/articles/malloy-to-commission-i-do-not-support-confiscation-of-firearms-5559f6fa Over the objections of the Commission's chair, the Mayor of Hamden (no friend of gun owners), the SHC is going to recommend a reclassification of "assault weapon" to included any weapon, RIFLE OR PISTOL, capable of shooting more than 10 round without reloading. That means ANY PISTOL capable of holding a 9-round magazine (i.e. 9-in-mag + 1-in-chamber = 10) will be considered an "assault weapon" and be BANNED under the thinking of the emotion-driven on the SHC. Oh, and no grandfathering which is a BAN WITH SURRENDER/CONFISCATION. Now, I appreciate that such an egregious definition warms you gun-taker's heart, but even Dannel Malloy knows over-reach when he hears it. WHY? Because the Governor knows exactly what Scalia meant by "in common use" and he knows that what the SHC is calling for would violate that treatment. Also, he knows that it would first violate the Connecticut State Constitution's right to bear arms for self-defense since such an AW definition would capture the vast majority of semi-automatic sefl-defense handguns in COMMON use today. I own five semi-auto handguns and that definition would ban four of them. So sorry, Soyboy, bans are being discussed openly by elected officials.
Thomas Paine March 16, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Jackie, as a father of four school-aged children and a conscientious gun owner, I thank you for being open-minded and taking the time to educate yourself. I only wish more people who start off innocently uninformed would take the time and make the effort to become better informed. I can argue with those of different opinion if they are informed, I am less patient with those who know nothing and hold rigid, ideology driven opinions that ignore facts and lack common sense. If you have not seen them, you might find some of my earlier posts of interest: http://wilton.patch.com/blog_posts/compendium-of-thomas-paines-firearms-related-patch-posts Be well!
Thomas Paine March 16, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Oz - Really, Joe Nocera as an authoritative source?! I have written to Mr. Nocera asking why he never includes any positive uses of firearms in any of his dispatches. His response to me, "It is my column and I will choose to include what I wish". When I wrote to the NYT ombudsman, the response back was that Nocera is an opinion writer, not a journalist and is entitled to write about he wishes, without any need for balance, etc. So please OZ, spare us the righteous indignation of using an anti-gun thug like Nocera or I will have to start linking to the hundreds of example of positive civilian gun usage from the NRA or Cato Institute.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 16, 2013 at 06:48 PM
This just gets better and better: http://wr2a.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/malloy-guns-and-the-idiocy-of-ct-liberalism/ -The sale and possession of assault-style weapons including semi-automatics like the rifle used to kill 26 people in Newtown would be prohibited under a recommendation approved Friday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy‘s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. But the panel did not address how Connecticut gun owners would surrender their weapons to authorities. -Under the simple language preferred by commission members, weapons capable of firing more than 10 bullets without reloading would be illegal. -“They’re capable of firing a lot of bullets very quickly because they’re supposed to be used by the military or the police,” Sullivan said. “My whole thing here is, the more bullets that somebody can shoot, the more danger there is to our society. I don’t think we can walk away from that because as long as there are weapons out there that can fire that many bullets that fast, it just means there is that much more danger to our society.” -Chris Lyddy said gun owners should have to give up their weapons to assure public safety: “I’m on the side of let’s take a stand and give a damn about those lives that have been lost. You know what? Those legal-abiding gun owners, I do feel bad for if we pass this recommendation. But when I try to measure the cost and benefit of such a recommendation, I’m going to err on the side of the safety of those children.."
Concerned Parent March 17, 2013 at 02:29 PM
When someone chooses to live in a silo and put weapons with capabilities unneeded to defend themselves above the innocent and defenseless, they have become even less of a human being than an American because the are allowing those same people to be most at risk to simply support their overwhelming desire to continuing to possess high-capacity magazines. Disgusting.
Ron Moreau March 17, 2013 at 02:57 PM
The #1 cause off misspelled words is the pencil. The worst offender of this onsluaght of misspelled words is the #2 pencil without an eraser. In the hands of a child,words are systematically slaughted daily. Millions of these pencils of mass destruction are manufactured without reguard to proper spelling . The government must stop this carnage by banning the production of pencils and pens..
Donald Borsch Jr. March 17, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Ed, Oh, please. "Unneeded", "capabilities", "above the innocent and defenseless"...can you try any harder, Ed, to stir up suspicion and animosity? You are losing it, Ed. You used to make sense, now you''e just parroting silliness and non-factual talking points of the anti-gun cult.
Ron Moreau March 17, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Guns don't kill people like pencils don't misspell words.
Robert Williams March 17, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Thomas Paine March 17, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Ed - by whose definition is something "unneeded"? That would suggest that you have a say in what I or anyone else "needs. Both the US Constitution and Connecticut Constitutions use a generic "right to bear arms", not a "right to bear a muzzle loading flintlock", not a "right to bear a single shot rifle or pistol" and not a right to bear a lance, sword, cutlass, sling shot nor anything more specific nor less lethal than the firearm of the day. On the otherhand, they did NOT say "right to bear arms AND cannon, artillery or bomb". Why such a generic construction using "arms"? Because the Framers knew that firearm technology would progress over time and to use "flintlock" or "muzzleloading" would limit future generations of citizens to less capable firearms they would be possessed by any future foe, domestic or foreign. Justice Scalia's opinion in Heller, referencing the Miller decision, looks at firearms that are in "common use" and whether a firearms is "extraordinary" as indicators of whether a type of firearm should be considered beyond the original intent of the 2A. You are disgusted by those who own "high capacity magazines" - please define "high capacity". I own three types of pistols whose STANDARD capacity magazines are 9, 12 and 15 rounds. My black rifles came with standard capacity mags of 30 rounds. So please tell me how you define "high". And then look up the shootings at Oikos University last April - 8 dead w California compliant 10-round mags.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 18, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Oz, No no, no, the liberals already have the whole "Less Children" thing wrapped up with their "abortion-on-demand and without apology" mantra. However, if liberals anted to use guns to perform abortions-on-demand, would they suddenly become pro-Life? I often wonder if they hate guns so much that they would stop wanting to kill unborn babies if a gun was used....
Michael Cragin March 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM
please end this .......rant...........with nearly 500 comments.....450 from the same few gun fanatics.....it has become like ground hog day....movie....they write the same things everytime....but at this point i suppose if the topic was "Spring time"......they wouls till obsess and turn that into guntalk
Bill Hillman March 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Ed, excuse, please, but what on earth are you talking about? Silos?
Thomas Paine March 18, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Based on Ed's commnets habove and in other posts, as well as the latest emails from March for Change, it appears they are all focused on magazine capacity limits with NO GRANDFATHERING. For anyone interested in a discussion of magazine capacity limits and their potential impact on all forms of gun violence, I humbly recommend the following: http://wilton.patch.com/blog_posts/gun-violence-magazine-capacity-part-one http://wilton.patch.com/blog_posts/gun-violence-and-magazine-capacity-part-15-interlude http://wilton.patch.com/blog_posts/gun-violence-and-magazine-capacity-part-two http://wilton.patch.com/blog_posts/gun-control-restrictions-and-compliance-not-what-you-think
Oz March 18, 2013 at 08:26 PM
TP, "Oz - Really, Joe Nocera as an authoritative source?!" He is not a source. He simply compiles quotes from various news sources. BTW, here is today's edition: http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/12/the-gun-report-march-12-2013/ "...or I will have to start linking to the hundreds of example of positive civilian gun usage from the NRA or Cato Institute." Have at it.
Dave March 18, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Sandy Hook Panel Results http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/sandy-hook-urges-broader-gun-control-increased-school-182807887.html
T-Bone March 19, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Looks like a start, now get it passed.
Lucy McGrath March 19, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Colorado leads the way........ http://news.yahoo.com/colo-governor-sign-gun-restrictions-005357128.html
Donald Borsch Jr. March 19, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Tuesday night meeting, Newtown Action Alliance, 7 pm, Newtown High School with special guest Chris Kocher from Mayor Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" initiative. http://newtownaction.org/come-hear-chris-kocher-plus-learn-of-opportunities-to-help/ Hey, isn't Mayor James Schiliro part of MAIG? And didn't he just take a kid hostage with a gun? http://wr2a.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/marcus-hook-mayor-james-schiliro-gun-incident/ Bring popcorn. This will be enlightening. See ya there!
Donald Borsch Jr. March 19, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Feinstein's "assault weapons" ban loses steam...Reid shoots it down: http://wr2a.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/harry-reid-shoots-down-dianne-feinsteins-gun-control-package/ Oh, how utterly delicious. This is what happens when emotion hits realism.


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