…for those left behind in Newtown, CT
…for those left behind in Newtown, CT
To our friends in the U.S. in light of events yesterday;
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies.
Even though we're close neighbors, we don't fully understand the U.S. gun culture that is part of the DNA of those with whom we share this continent. And before we start to sound judgmental, we don't always get it right up here, either; neither have we been immune to gun violence.
New Jersey openly gay Assemblyman Reed Gusciora has always been the last person to advocate bringing civil rights to a vote. The Democratic lawmakerspearheaded a marriage equality bill in the New Jersey legislature earlier this year that passed but which GOP Gov. Chris Christie vetoed while urging activists to have it voted on by the people of New Jersey. When Gusciora criticized that approach, and lambasted Christie for controversially suggesting the issue of civil rights should have been put up for a vote in the South in the 1960s, Christie famously called him a “numbnuts.”
But now, frustrated that the Democratic leadership in the state legislature has not
scheduled a veto override vote, as promised, and emboldened by polls that show a majority of New Jersey voters support marriage equality, Gusciora believes New Jersey voters should vote on the issue. And, confident after wins in Maine, Maryland and Washington state on marriage equality at the ballot, he has introduced a bill to put it on the ballot.
“I was actually one of the advocates who thought that should be [a tactic ] of last resort,” he said. “I am the last person to advocate that, but nonetheless we’re at a standstill. ”
Simply stated in gold lettering, Office of the Speaker, above the door to John Boehner’s new office. The office of John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House is still a work in progress with paintings, souvenirs, and other memorabilia still to be put into place. Still, the new inner sanctum of the West Chester Republican leader is a step up according to staff from the old minority digs. The entrance, located only 12 feet from the entrance to the US Capitol rotunda is the seat of power for a newly elected majority in the US House of Representatives. The Enquirer/Michael E. Keating [Office should be finished today.]
“When researching the Gun Safe Storage and Child Access Prevention Laws for Connecticut I also located information where it also states that there are strict liability laws if a person fails to securely store a loaded firearm. In addition, a person can be found criminally negligent if, due to their improper storage, a minor causes injury or death to himself or another.
Sec. 52-571g. Strict liability of person who fails to securely store a loaded firearm. Any person whose act or omission constitutes a violation of section 29-37i shall be strictly liable for damages when a minor obtains a firearm, as defined in section 53a-3, and causes the injury or death of such minor or any other person. For the purposes of this section, “minor” means any person under the age of sixteen years. (http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/pub/chap925.htm#Sec52-571g.htm)
Sec. 53a-217a. Criminally negligent storage of a firearm: Class D felony. (a) A person is guilty of criminally negligent storage of a firearm when he violates the provisions of section 29-37i and a minor obtains the firearm and causes the injury or death of himself or any other person. For the purposes of this section, “minor” means any person under the age of sixteen years.
(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply if the minor obtains the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry to any premises by any person.
(c) Criminally negligent storage of a firearm is a class D felony.”
CNN will broadcast a press conference at 8:00 am EST where it is expected the names of the departed will be read.