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Not all Sandy Hook Parents that lost a child believe in tougher gun laws. Take it for this Father

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Not all Sandy Hook Parents that lost a child believe in tougher gun laws. Take it for this Father
But representatives from the state's flourishing gun industry said gun controls could damage their business, which directly and indirectly employs thousands and contributes millions of dollars to the state's economy.

"We must consider the rights of law abiding citizens,'' said Kevin Reid, vice president of Sturm, Ruger & Co. "We need to be mindful of the economic impact. Connecticut obviously can't afford a solution that costs jobs and tax revenue while does nothing to address the problem."

Mark Malkowski, president of Stag Arms in New Britain, said the firearms industry is dependent on the commercial market and could not survive if some of its most popular weapons were banned.

"Bans have never been successful,'' he said. Honest citizens should be allowed "to protect their homes and their families."

Vistors to the capitol had to pass through metal detectors at the doors to the legislative office building. Hundreds of people were signed up to speak to the panel. At the start of what was expected to be a long day, a parent of one of the children who died in the Newtown attack led off by telling legislators that new gun control is not the answer.

"The problem is a lack of civility,'' said Mark Mattioli, whose son James died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack on Dec. 14. "We do not need complex laws. I am a big proponent of accountability and enforcement."

Mattioli questioned whether new gun laws will make a difference when the problem is personal responsibility.

"I don't think the gun laws are protecting the people,'' said Mattioli "What have those gun laws done to make Chicago a safer city? I want responsible legislation. It needs to be simple and it needs to enforced."

"We need much stricter enforcement,'' he said. I believe in a few simple gun laws. I think we have more than enough on the books. We should hold people individually accountable for their actions."

But Veronique Pozner, whose son Noah died in the attack, called for broad new restrictions on guns, including an assault weapons ban, a tax on ammunition and registration of all gun owners.

''This is not about the right to bear arms. It is about the right to bear weapons with the capacity of mass destruction,'' said Pozner. "The time is now. Let the state of Connecticut become an agent for change."

Earlier, the Connecticut Education Association released a survey of 400 teachers that found that 9 out of 10 teachers support banning the sale and possession of "military-style semi-automatic assault weapons" to everyone except the police and military.

"This is the first time teachers have been asked for their opinion in a comprehensive manner that is representative of educators' views across Connecticut," said CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg. "We want legislators to establish new and strengthened laws that protect the overall safety of children, schools, and our communities—including commonsense gun laws and funding to address safety issues in public schools," he added.

Dennis Veilleux, president and CEO of Colt's Manufacturing in West Hartford told a different press conference that "we are available and would be committed to review all responsible proposals with an open mind."

"We have a responsibility to consider the ramifications on the firearms and sporting industry that has contributed so much to the state's history and culture and continues to play a vital role as a community citizen and provider of manufacturing jobs," he said.

"We have a responsibility and opportunity to come together and create positive change based on the facts."

Colt employs approximately 670 people at its West Hartford plant. Industry representatives told the legislative panel that the firearms industry employs hundreds of Connecticut residents and pours millions of dollars into the state economy.

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Re: Not all Sandy Hook Parents that lost a child believe in tougher gun laws. Take it for this Father
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Re: Not all Sandy Hook Parents that lost a child believe in tougher gun laws. Take it for this Father
you misread what you posted ?