Barely a month after the Newtown murders and Darien leaders and residents are taking action. The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted unanimously on a resolution supporting a “holistic approach to safety, mental health awareness and support as well as meaningful gun regulation” for the Connecticut legislature to consider.
Selectman David Bayne proposed the resolution last week, and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson added to it before it came to a vote. The selectmen also indicated their collective desire “to preserve all Constitutional rights.”
The selectmen “supports the enactment of sensible state and federal legislation requiring effective background checks on all persons purchasing firearms and restricting the commercial availability of military grade assault weapons, military grade ammunition and high capacity magazines,” the resolution continued.
Bayne said the conversation about meaningful change should be ongoing, and happening at all levels, from the living room to the White House.
“We can’t have another Newtown,” Bayne said. “I urge you all to join me and at least put our voice on record and say, enough is enough.”
Stevenson said she’s examined legislative action following mass shootings in the past, and lamented the lack of meaningful action by lawmakers to address the problem.
“Legislative actions after mass shooting was poignant because it showed really how little action has happened since these terrible events,” Stevenson said. “I hope there’s some thoughtful and meaningful things that will change.”
Darien Police are also stepping up to the plate. On Monday, the one month anniversary of the Newtown murders, the department publicized its Lock It or Leave It program, where residents can get a free gun lock from police, or they can give their weapons to officers for disposal.
Read more in this week’s Darien Times, on newsstands Thursday, Jan. 17.