“Through our efforts today we honor those we lost,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy, before he signed into law an historic gun and school safety bill, developed in response to the Newtown massacre that left 20 children and six educators dead.
Several Newtown parents, including Nicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan in the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook School shooting, joined the governor, legislative leaders, members of the state’s congressional delegation, CEA, and AFT for the ceremony at the state capitol today.
Hockley said she is grateful for this sensible solution. “We want Newtown to be known not for the tragedy, but for transformation, and this law marks the beginning of that transformation,” she said.
CEA President Sheila Cohen, who was invited to today’s ceremony, said, “While we can never undo this senseless tragedy, it spurred bipartisan collaboration and courage for legislators to develop one of the toughest gun and school safety laws in the nation. We are proud of their efforts to protect our children and our teachers.”
The governor said this new law makes Connecticut’s cities and towns safer, and he hopes it will serve as an example to the rest of the nation, and to our leaders in Washington.