SOURCE - RESTRICTION: Connecticut Network - Must Courtesy
Location - Date: HARTFORD, Conn.
1. SOUNDBITE: Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut
"I believe that responsible law abiding citizens or our state, have a right to bear arms. But, that right cannot come at the expense of public safety.We need to develop a common sense way to regulate access to guns. We need to make sure that our mental health professionals have access to the resources and information they need to get treatment to those who need it. We must make sure the public has better information about what to do when they suspect someone may be battling mental illness. It's a sad fact that shootings like this are becoming all too common occurences in our country. It's also a fact that in almost every one of these cases, there were warning signs. That's why we need to come up with ways that we as friends, as family, as a society or a school system can better respond to those warning signs and hopefully reduce the stigma of mental illness.
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2. SOUNDBITE: Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut
"And last we must make sure that our schools are both safe and welcoming places where our children can reach their full potential and teachers can practice their craft without fear. Let me also add that while this tragedy happened in a school, we must take steps to ensure that the next time it doesn't happen in a movie theater, in a shopping mall, at a ball game or on a street corner in any of our cities.
Connecticut Gov.Dannel Malloy told a newly created task force reviewing the state's gun laws in the wake of the Newtown elementary school shooting that the right to bear arms cannot come at the expense of public safety.
Members are scheduled to be briefed by Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky on the status of the investigation into the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 first graders and six educators died.
The panel will also hear fromformer Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, a district attorney during the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. He was a member of a similar commission to then-Gov. Bill Owens.
Virginia Law Professor Richard Bonnie will discuss how his state reacted to the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. He was a consultant to then-Virginia Gov. Tim Kane's review panel.
Malloy's panel has until March 15 to submit initial recommendations.