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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

An Elusive Consensus on Guns After Newtown

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By Mark Pazniokas Image
Detective Barbara Mattson of the Connecticut State Police displays an AR-15 for state legislators. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Not even among parents of the dead was there a consensus today on how the General Assembly should respond to the murder of 26 students and staff last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Among the 1,300 people who lined up to testify on gun control, legislators invited three to skip the line: Mark Mattioli, Neil Heslin and Veronique Pozner, each the parent of a first grader killed at the Newtown school.

One saw no need for new laws, while the others said legislators must act to restrict access to weapons like the Bushmaster AR-15, the semiautomatic .223-caliber rifle used by Adam Lanza in his assault on Sandy Hook.

Mattioli said no tougher gun law would have saved his 6-year-old son, James, from Lanza, who shot his way into Sandy Hook with a Bushmaster that belonged to his first victim Dec. 14, his mother, Nancy Lanza.

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Posted 01/29/13 at 01:19 AM


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