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10/12/2022 08:00 AM

Send Them Back to Hartford

Gun violence is a uniquely American problem. According to the Pew Research Center, 2020 saw the highest rate of deaths caused by firearms than any other year on record. Eight in 10 murders involved a firearm and over half of all deaths by suicide. These statistics are alarming to say the least, but these incidents do not occur uniformly across our great country. Connecticut saw one of the lowest rates of firearm casualties, while states like Louisiana, Missouri, and Alabama saw some of the highest. One reason? We have leaders like Christine Cohen and John-Michael Parker in our state legislature who are committed to keeping guns out of dangerous hands.

Christine and John-Michael voted to close loopholes in red flag laws, keeping guns away from those who pose a risk to themselves or others. They both voted to increase funding for gun violence and intervention programs to continue to combat street-level gun violence. Because of their voting record and commitment to common sense gun laws that save lives - both of their candidacies are supported by Moms Demand Action and Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

We in Connecticut are lucky to have strong willed leaders who listen to the people they represent and are not afraid to stand up against the powerful gun lobby. Christine Cohen and John-Michael Parker are those leaders, and we need to send them back to Hartford.

Stephanie Carbone