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Florida school shooting reignites the controversial debate over gun control

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal have been advocates for gun control legislation, especially in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Sen. Murphy discussed the recent school shooting in Florida, saying, “This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America. This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity.”

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League president Scott Wilson retorted, “Senator Murphy and Senator Blumenthal are already out there shouting for more gun control. We think we need to look at the facts first. The fact that schools are, for the most part schools, are disarmed victim zones where people can come in and commit these atrocities unchallenged.”

Wilson says school faculty should be armed.Related Content: Florida school shooting: 19-year-old accused of killing 17 is a ‘broken child,’ lawyer says

He added, “I think it’s time after one mass murder after another in a gun-free zone that people look and start to rethink their policies about these zones. We had a gym teacher down in that school that stood there and took a bullet for his students instead of having the opportunity to fight back and shoot and stop the threat immediately.

Senator Blumenthal stated, “Arming teachers, providing guns in schools is the last thing we should want. Keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people ought to be our priority through more extensive background checks as well as banning assault weapons like the one used in this tragedy.”

Authorities said the gunman in Florida used an AR-15, a gun that has been the epicenter of many school shootings and the gun control debate.

Governor Malloy said, “Regardless of how lethal we now allow a gun to be made in the case of getting off 90 rounds in 10 seconds, which was not part of our history since we passed a ban on machine guns, that kind of fire power was not who we are as Americans.”Related Content: Latest mass shooting raises attention for national campaign to stop the bleed

Wilson says it’s not a matter of gun control, but a matter of mental health.

He added, “We need to look at the fact that people were aware that this person was a danger to their community and people did nothing about it.”

Sen. Blumenthal told News 8, “We have a rate of mental illness that is much the same as other industrial countries. We have a rate of gun violence that is many multiples, off the charts compared to other countries. The solution is not just more treatment and outreach for mental health, it is common sense measures that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”

Gov. Malloy added, “These shootings are coming to our towns. They are coming to your town. They are coming, in essence, for your children or your movie goers.”Web Extra: Gov. Malloy comments on NRA and gun control

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