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State Rep. Terrie Wood named to Gun Violence Task Force

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State Rep. Terrie Wood, middle, a Republican who represents most of Darien and part of Norwalk, speaking with residents at a town hall meeting.

Democratic and Republican legislative leaders announced the creation of a special bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention and children’s safety, on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Representative Terrie Wood, a Republican who represents Darien and a part of Norwalk, was named to the mental health portion of the task force.

The task force, formed in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, will conduct a review of current law and make recommendations on a range of potential legislation to prevent gun violence, enhance school security and ensure the availability of mental health services in Connecticut.

“The eyes of the nation are on Connecticut to see how we respond to the horrific tragedy in Newtown and the plague of gun violence, said Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., (D-Brooklyn).  “Our children’s safety is not a partisan issue and I am pleased to join with Democrats and Republicans in crafting a bipartisan plan to reduce violence, improve school security and address access to mental health services.”

“I have had the privilege of representing Newtown, Connecticut in the state Senate for the past 14 years and the tragic events that occurred there on December 14 require a response from our government and our society at large. I am pleased that this task force is set up to work across party lines to make legislative recommendations based on facts and evidence in the areas of mental illness, school safety and gun control.” said state Senate Republican Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield).

“In light of the tragic events in Newtown, the public rightly expects us to deal with gun safety, school security, and mental health issues in a comprehensive way that will have a real impact on reducing violence,” said Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden). “Public safety is an ongoing challenge and a top responsibility of government. This approach will help ensure the legislature is able to act decisively, quickly and in a bipartisan fashion on these critical issues.”

It is our sincere hope that we can come together and reach consensus on legislation that will safeguard our children and society as a whole while at the same time honor our constitutional rights,” House Republican Leader Larry Cafero (R-Norwalk) said. “Our response must be reasoned and well- crafted if we are to be successful in our common goals.”

“The evil of gun violence has touched too many Connecticut families,” said Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney. “It is our goal to work in a bipartisan way and rise above politics to put in place common sense policies to reduce incidents of violence, increase access to mental health services and improve school security.”

“Last month’s tragic events in Newtown have left all of us asking how it could have been prevented,” said House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin). “As a father of two elementary school age children and someone who works with children in the school system, I’m confident that Republicans and Democrats can work together to ensure that our schools and children are kept safe.”

The task force, which includes Democratic committee chairs and Republican ranking members, will provide recommendations to Senate and House leadership with the goal of producing a bipartisan emergency certified bill in late February.

The task force has designated three working groups which focus on the three core issues of gun violence prevention, school security and mental health. Each caucus will appoint as many as four members to each group.

The first full meeting of the task force will be held on Friday, January 18th at 1:30 p.m.

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  • chris-noe

    Terry is brave to take-on the screaming liberals.

    The media still says: “The guns were legal.”

    The guns were stolen and used to kill the rightful owner. Does anyone not realize this?

    The first lesson here is: Lock your firearms or they may be used against you.

    Let’s move on to “Assault Weaopns.”

    Our military carries state-of-the-art firearms. They are versatile with all the yummie accoutrements like… a grenade launcher. These can be considered “Assault Weapons.” They should really be named Defense Weapons because 99% of the time, this is what they do.

    Civilians don’t have “Assault Weapons.”

    When I became 18, I registered for the draft the next day at the Stamford Post Office on Atlantic Street. We are all proud to be Americans and proud of our troups, their commitment, their sacrifice.

    Gun owners collect authentic military weapons, what our soldiers had and what look like what our soldiers carry today. Maybe a muzzleloader, Colt 1861, 1911 or AR15 but, they cannot get a full-auto M16 (without a special weapons permit). Full-auto is 600 rounds per minute. 3 seconds to empty a 30 round magazine. The gun has limitations. It will overheat and jamb quickly.

    There must be a balance of who gets full-auto and not. We have already found the balance. So, it comes down to mental health.

    I wish Terrie the best on this issue and please beware of those who are exploiting the dead in Newtown to further their own agenda.

    Sincerely,
    Chris Noe

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