Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy spent a large part of his State of the State address yesterday opening a conversation on reforming gun laws. From the text:
[W]hen it comes to preventing future acts of violence in our schools, let me say this: more guns are not the answer. Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom.
That is not who we are in Connecticut, and it is not who we will allow ourselves to become.
We also know that this conversation must take place nationally. As long as weapons continue to travel up and down I-95, what is available for sale in Florida or Virginia can have devastating consequences here in Connecticut.
There will be more to say in the weeks ahead, but let me be clear today: our focus will be first and foremost on protecting Connecticut's families.
Since the mass shooting in Newtown, Governor Malloy has commissioned a panel to study issues in the state both with guns and mental health services. Connecticut has struggled to pass tighter gun laws, including a ban on high-capacity magazines, in part because gun manufacturers based in the state have threatened to leave.