Strength of Gun-Control Push Faces Test Soon in Connecticut Legislature


Will gun-control advocates organize like gun owners to become politically effective? The Wall Street Journal says that’s a possibility after the Newtown, Ct., massacre. “We have become single-issue voters, and we will vote them out of office if they don’t change the gun laws,” said Lori Fedewa Brodhead in a meeting at Newtowh High School. “It’s just that this opposition is so organized and so vocal and it really, for them, is just a push of a button,” Nancy Lefkowitz, a co-founder of the gun-control advocacy group March for Change, told the gathering. “But for them, that push of a button mobilizes thousands. That’s what we need—committed activists.”

How effective these new groups are could become clear by the end of the month: Connecticut legislators say they will vote on a package of proposed new gun laws by Feb. 28. “It depends on how comprehensive a package of legislation that we are ultimately able to produce [ ] to see if we were able to respond to the public mood,” said state Sen. Martin Looney, a Democrat and co-chairman of the gun-violence legislative task force. Polls show statewide support for new gun laws. A survey of 1,002 residents released on Jan. 31 by the University of Connecticut and the Hartford Courant found 64 percent supported stricter gun regulations, compared with 28 percent who said the laws should stay the same. Of gun owners responding to the poll, 45 percent said they supported stricter gun laws, compared with 44 percent who said that the regulations should be kept as is.

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