January 9th, 2013
02:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Emotional Connecticut Gov. rejects more guns in schools

(CNN) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy choked up Wednesday when addressing the Newtown elementary school shooting that left 20 students dead, and bluntly rejected the notion of putting more guns in classrooms as protection.

"When it comes to preventing future acts of violence in our schools, let me say this: more guns are not the answer," he said in his state of the state address. "Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom."

He received a hearty ovation from state legislators and guests in the room after both sentences.

The National Rifle Association has argued otherwise, calling for the deployment of an armed guard into every school as a line of defense.

Malloy, a first-term Democrat, has been an outspoken proponent of tighter gun control laws since the December 14 shooting in his state, which left seven adults, including six at the school, dead, along with the students. Authorities have said the gunman, who took his own life after the massacre, was carrying several weapons, including a semiautomatic .223-caliber rifle.

Malloy said on CNN's "State of The Union" on December 16, "One can only hope that we'll find a way to limit these weapons that really only have one purpose."

He appointed educators, mental health professionals, and law enforcement to a special commission and gave them a March 15 deadline for submitting their proposals. President Barack Obama has also tasked with a similar assignment a group led by Vice President Joe Biden.

In his remarks on Wednesday, Malloy appeared moved by the gravity of the tragedy.

"While it's only been a few short weeks on the calendar, we have all walked a very long and very dark road together," he said Wednesday. "What befell Newtown is not something we thought possible in any Connecticut's beautiful small town or our cities."

He choked up while recalling "the best of our state," including the teachers who sought to protect their students, the first responders, and the families who suffered losses.

"Let us do everything in our power to ensure that Connecticut never again suffers such a loss such as this - that we take real steps to make our kids and our communities safer," he said. "The more resources we can bring to bear on this issue, the better. Working together we can and will affect real change."


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. rs

    More guns, and more armed guards are not the answer.

    January 9, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Good for him. He made the right decision to reject the idea of bringing more guns into schools. The added insurance costs alone would bust the budgets of most districts. Gun slingers didn't think of the flip side.

    If we were talking about a knife wielding attacker, instead of guns, would we be talking about arming everyone with knives?

    January 9, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. GuestAgain

    Look, we all feel very strongly about this tragedy and hope that it wont happen again but to say security improvements at schools isnt part of the answer is simply a talking point to further restrictive laws against citizens than to recognize the root cause of these type of tragedies. I bet he still wants his money in the bank protected with armed guards.....

    January 9, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "If we were talking about a knife wielding attacker, instead of guns, would we be talking about arming everyone with knives?"
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    Wouldn't need a knife if you have a gun to protect yourself. You should know enough to not show up at a gunfight with a knife.

    January 9, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Terry

    "Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy choked up Wednesday when addressing the Newtown elementary school shooting that left 20 students dead, and bluntly rejected the notion of putting more guns in classrooms as protection."

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    Gov. Malloy is FEELING rather than THINKING. In effect, what he has just said is that he will take no steps to proactively protect the schools.

    Think about his. Do you ever wonder why these lunatics shoot up movie theaters and schools? It is because they already know that they can get away with their murderous rampage because no one inside is likely to be armed.

    Why don't these lunatics go down to the local police station and try to shoot that place up? The answer is that a even a lunatic knows he won't be able to pull it off because the police station is full of people who will shoot back!

    January 9, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    Guns don't kill people, people kill people. But people with guns do it so efficiently. Especially with Assault Rifles & pistols w/ 30 round clips/magazine.

    January 9, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. TheVoice2

    I don't think an Afghan Veteran is the right person to listen to when it comes to gun control. Violence and guns is his nature of defense. That's how his mind has been trained. The bottom line for all of those gun lovers is that no one is trying to take your guns. One gun, one small magazine, per person or household, psych evaluation including family members. With security lock on every gun. So even if they are stolen, they will be useless. Sounds crazy but doable. Anyone voiolating those laws should be prosecuted at the Federal level, minimum of a felony. So if you want to own a gun, go through the hoops. Just like getting a drivers license. You break any law, you use your right. Sorry NRA, our children come first not your gun business. BTW, you get to keep your guns!

    January 9, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. deeperinfo

    What is the favorite drug of mass murderers? ...

    Prescription.
    time to ban the REAL cause of mass murder – crazy folks given drugs that make them violent.

    {shhhhhh, don't tell anyone, its supposed to be kept secret...}

    January 9, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Any one who has brain says this nation is in dire need of GUN-CONTROL LAW. Second amendment is the most biggest BS in here. Do not find fault in my language which is only the medium of expressing the opinions–not. Litt-scholar. It is all BS. Pass gun-control laws. Innocent kids died last month–four killed in Colorado in ARORA 2 days ago. Apply brain.

    January 9, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "If we were talking about a knife wielding attacker, instead of guns, would we be talking about arming everyone with knives?"

    Wouldn't need a knife if you have a gun to protect yourself. You should know enough to not show up at a gunfight with a knife.
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    I'll take that as a "no, we wouldn't" and the point.

    January 9, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. ja

    the governor is right to reject, why do a civilan need an high velocity automaticweapon, if the governmentr decide to shut you down it will be similar to syria, join the armed forces or a swat team if you just need operate high powered guns, the mom of the sandy hook shooter didin't need the weapons she ownw, think deeplyu about what happened to her, you can't arm yourself for such acts, this was a model community as we say, no such thing

    January 9, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. The Real Answer

    The 2nd amendment gaurantees the right for a citizen to bear arms. Nowhere does it gaurantee his access to ammunition. I agree with the NRA...guns don't kill people, bullets do. This is a technology issue. Financially force the ammunition manufacturers to build and sell bullets that can't kill people. Let law enforcement and the military have ammo for deadly force...everyone else gets to buy a non-lethal bullet.

    Just days after Newtown there was a slaughter of first responders in upstate New York...by a man who was out to do what he loved best...killing people. He ambushed them. They were from the fire and police department. Now they are dead. One gaurd in a school will be no match for a lunatic with an automatic weapon.

    January 9, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Terry wrote:

    Think about his. Do you ever wonder why these lunatics shoot up movie theaters and schools? It is because they already know that they can get away with their murderous rampage because no one inside is likely to be armed.
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    Think about this. The rampaging murderer would simply come better prepared. It's even likely that instead of rampaging into a police station, with guns ablazing as you seem to suggest, that they would simply go the "McVeigh Way". Think about that.

    January 9, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Luke

    The knee-jerk gun control advocates are ignoring the fact that none of their ideas would have prevented this massacre. First, this guy didn't buy the guns at a show with no background check...he didn't buy them at all, his mom did. Second, one large ammunition clip is the same as 2 or 3 smaller clips. Not hard to change clips when your targets are unarmed and defenseless. Finally, these "assault rifles" are irrelevant when you can carry 3 or 4 handguns on your person and be just as, if not more lethal. I've heard very little about improving the physical security of schools with tougher doors and glass. The glass doesn't have to be bullet-proof, just shatter proof like a windshield. But why would liberal politicians care about that when they can use this tragedy as a springboard to advance their long-held gun-control agendas. They get armed security if they want it, but our kids don't deserve it.

    January 9, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. sassysticks53

    @Terry. Your police station analogy is moot. Remember the army guy who shot and killed his fellow soldiers at that army base? Not only are there thousands and thousands of guns and ammo on that base, but grenades, bozookas, etc. All those weapons and that soldier still managed to kill and wound many. You all love to say "people kill people." I say people with guns in their hands kill people. I hope President Obama does use the Executive Order and bans assault rifles and magazines.

    January 9, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Terry

    In the community I live in the local police have sub-stations in many of the public schools. Sadly, their thinking was ahead of their time. But I am very glad they did this.

    January 9, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. sassysticks53

    As a Connecticut resident I don't want our teachers with guns in their classrooms nor armed guards in front of our schools. That is not the answer. Thank you my dear Gov. Malloy.

    January 9, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    Well said Governor. More guns are NOT the answer and even if the person with the guns is a stable gun loving family member, who can buy the guns, an unstable family member can get a hold of the weapons and go out and murder innocents.
    That is what happened in Newtown!

    January 9, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Terry

    @Rudy NYC
    "Think about this. The rampaging murderer would simply come better prepared. It's even likely that instead of rampaging into a police station, with guns ablazing as you seem to suggest, that they would simply go the "McVeigh Way". Think about that."
    ------------------------------------------------

    You mean by buying a couple of tons of fertilizer beforehand? Not a problem. You would show up on a lot of law enforcement agencies radar (thank goodness).

    January 9, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    Reminder to the NRA and its supporters: This is the 21st century not the 18th century. Time to discard the wild wild west or Revolutionary War mentality.

    January 9, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. plain&simple

    @ Terry ...lunatics don't think! In an IDEAL world we wouldn't be talking about arming guards at schools, or lunatics doing crazy senseless things! We live in a world where money matters,to some it matters more than it should. So make it so life is priceless....but guns are not they cost....especially the bullets. Guns don't kill people, bullets do!! I guarantee if you taxed bullets to cost $200.00 a bullet,the gun lovers would keep damn good track of them. I'm talking about bullets used in clips of any kind or amount over 1.

    January 9, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. John

    Any one who has brain says this nation is in dire need of GUN-CONTROL LAW. Second amendment is the most biggest BS in here.

    I do not fault your language, I fault your lack of logic. The Second Amendment ensures the right of all Americans to keep and bear arms. Period. Educate yourself. We have many, many gun laws already. Do you really believe that additional laws will prevent the mentally ill and criminals from using guns? Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation and one of the highest murder rates.

    January 9, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. pam

    It's time for some common sense. No one wants to ban guns. But no gun owner needs a weapon that fires multiple bullets a second. The NRA has these yahoos convinced they're all some liberty saving super hero GI Joe wannabe. We put limitations on all dangerous things when public safety is at risk. You can't drive a car drunk or as fast as you want. You can't carry a machete into a shopping mall without someone calling the cops. You can't tape a tube of toilet paper that sort of looks like a stick of dynomite and board an airplane. So for cripes sake, we should at least be able to get rid of these multiple bullet clips and semi-automatic death machines.

    January 9, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Ideas, Ideals, not ideologies

    It's a circular argument. Even if we arm every teacher with ayou hand gun the next time a mass muderer enters a school with a high power rifle the NRA will be advocating arming them with AR15s and then fully automatic and then hand grenades and then grenade lauchers and then ...

    January 9, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Terry wrote:

    You mean by buying a couple of tons of fertilizer beforehand? Not a problem. You would show up on a lot of law enforcement agencies radar (thank goodness).
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    One would show up...but only because of the common sense laws that were enacted following the tragedy. People who need to buy the stuff can, and those with suspect needs get flagged. But it is only a result of enacting common sense legislation *following* the tragedy. But, the NRA and others don't like common sense. They seem to prefer profit and paranoia.

    January 9, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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