Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy made history today when he announced his intent to enact an executive order which will prevent terror watch list suspects from purchasing firearms.
We're taking common sense steps in #CT to close the loophole and allow firearm permits to be denied to those on gov't watch lists— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) December 10, 2015
President Obama spoke about the need for this basic element of gun regulation during last week’s address; the fact that until this point, almost no other states have brought forth this common sense legislation is a depressing note on the state of gun politics in the United States. Hopefully Malloy’s example will inspire other states to follow.
According to the New York Times, Malloy asserted in an official statement that, “This should be a wake-up call to all of us. This is a moment to seize in America — and today I'm here to say that we in Connecticut are seizing it."
Connecticut had this wake-up call almost three years ago, when one of the deadliest shootings in the history of the United States occurred in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 20 children and six adults were killed, along with the shooter.
Following the shooting, Connecticut has passed some of the country’s strictest gun control laws, and according to Malloy, it seems to be working: “We continue to see a precipitous drop in homicides, and crime [is] falling in Connecticut at three times the national average,” he said in a February interview with Time. Yet he cautioned, “there will be more and more events like Sandy Hook ... This discussion is not done."
The discussion is nowhere close to being done, as recent events such as the Planned Parenthood and San Bernardino shootings have proven. But Malloy is not content to let his state, at least, be a part of the passivity.
“...Inaction is not an option. So here in Connecticut, we are acting.”
The question remains: when will the rest of the U.S.?
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