ELECTION 2022: Letter from the candidate: State’s proposed gun violence legislation should be supported by all

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I write to support Internal Bill SB-477/HB-5397, An Act declaring gun violence a public health crisis and establishing the Office of Gun Violence Preventionwhose State Representative Aimée-Berger Girvalo and State Senator Will Haskell are co-sponsors.

Addressing voters, a question that was raised repeatedly is Connecticut’s response to the recent increase in gun violence. This bill declaresaddresses gun violence as a public health crisis and creates a gun violence prevention office, and a Community Advisory Council on Gun Violence Prevention and Response. Bill allows study of gun violence and documented, like any other public health issue in our state.

Democrats will support this bill out of common sense. But If intellectual honesty is preferred, Republican officials can also. It does not impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, possession, ownership or use of firearms or ammunition. Instead, the bill proposes the Advisory Boardl, to support initiatives that include prevention and intervention strategies, as well as mental healingth services — the safety net of that those those most at risk of committing or experiencing armed violence are the most likely to benefit.

In addition, Bill fand evidence collection programsprograms based on the reduction of armed violence without make incarceration our first resortand makes the data available to researchers. Public policy can then be formed to mitigate the effects of armed violence on public health.

It is high time for the two great parties to come togetherand work on solutions for the problems we have in Connecticut. Jhis bill is a good step in that direction. His common sense solutions will make Connecticut a better place for all of us. If elected representative of the State, I will be proud to support him.

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