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Connecticut Governor Says 'Sane Laws' Needed on Gun Control

Connecticut Governor Says 'Sane Laws' Needed on Gun Control
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 23 February 2018 10:13 AM

The only way to combat gun violence is with "sane laws," said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy Friday on CNN's "New Day."

"What we really need to do is have some sane laws in this country, and what we really need to do is limit access to these weapons of mass destruction," Malloy said.

Malloy is part of a group of governors that also includes New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, who are teaming up in a "States for Gun Safety" coalition, USA Today reported.

The group, except for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appeared on "New Day" with Malloy. "What we are saying as governors, we're not waiting for Congress and the federal government to take action. Having said that, there's no substitute for that … we need them to take action. But in the meantime, we have decided to take a regional approach, sharing information about guns across state lines, sharing a database, and for the first time that I know of, having a regional research center which studies gun violence and the impact on public health," said Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.

"We're hoping the list (of governors in the coalition) grows, and that relationship can be deepened, coordination can be better across the state lines," New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said.

Malloy slammed the idea of allowing teachers to carry guns. "I think we're going to have to do that with waiters and busboys in restaurants, and I think we're going to have to arm the priests and ministers and the rabbis in churches, and you know, I think at movie theaters, we're going to have to bring back ushers who will be armed," the governor said.

Other countries have not shown that allowing the public to be armed is a good idea, Malloy said. "This idea that we're going to be safer because we have more arms doesn't work very well in Syria, doesn't work very well in Iraq, and probably won't work very well here."

Malloy was governor during the Sandy Hook school shootings in 2012, when a shooter killed 20 elementary school children and six adult staff members, as well as his mother and himself.

He pointed out the decrease in violent crime in his state since Sandy Hook. "Since we passed our better gun legislation following Sandy Hook, we have the largest drop in any state in the nation by a third. Having good laws does change behaviors," Malloy said. 

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