Poll: Tighter Gun Control After Newtown Shooting?

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President Barack Obama has called for "meaningful action" in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown. Photo Credit: File

WESTON, Conn. — Calls to strengthen the nation's gun control laws have come from parents and politicians — and even the President — in the days since 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown. Tell us what you think in the poll and comments section below.


Do Weston, Easton and Redding residents think gun control laws should be strengthened after the school shooting in Newtown?

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Do Weston, Easton and Redding residents think gun control laws should be strengthened after the school shooting in Newtown?

  • Yes. But only ban assault weapons and large-ammunition clips.

  • Yes. Ban assault weapons and also make it harder for people to buy guns.

  • Yes. Ban all guns.

  • No. It is our right to own guns.

  • Undecided

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President Barack Obama said the nation must "take meaningful action" when he spoke just a few hours after the shooting Friday. He repeated his call for the nation to discuss gun laws when he spoke at a vigil in Newtown Sunday.

“We can't accept events like these as routine," Obama said in his speech. "Are we really prepared to say we are powerless in the face of such carnage -- that the politics are too complicated?"

Gun-rights supporters, including the National Rifle Association, have been mostly quiet since the shooting. Republican U.S. Reps. Louis Gohmert of Texas and Don Richardson of Oregon have suggested arming more school faculty members.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat who represents much of Fairfield County, said his constituents have told him the nation's gun law should be strengthened. “It’s important to remember that this perp broke every law. He was 20 -- you have to be 21 in Connecticut to own a gun. He had an assault rifle -- those are illegal in Connecticut," Himes said of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza in an interview with NPR.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says she plans to introduce a bill banning assault weapons when the next Congress comes into session after the new year.

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I find it disturbing that while hurricane Sandy was hitting lower Fairfield County the armed National Guard and Fairfield Police Department had the rich wealthy neighborhoods secured under an armed force with plenty of firearms and roadblocks. while at the same time the heavily populated poor urban areas of Bridgeport and surrounding towns have been left defenseless and lied to. the only thing you should cherish life is your children's lives & your own by any means necessary. it is nobody's responsibility to stop you from becoming a victim. get training and arms yourself with the rest of the 70% of the US population.


You must be crazy or at least an irresponsible parent if you don't have a firearm at home to protect your family, especially if you live in secluded area like this (Weston,Easton,Redding) where the nearest neighbor's house is probably 200 yards away. No one can hear you scream. You need something to defend yourself and your family when someone breaks into your home at 2 in the morning. Of course you have to use common sense: lock up your gun in a safe when you have teenagers or mentally challenged person at home.

How about the police? Sure, call them if you are able to make a call. But remember this: Often, police are minutes away when seconds count.


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