For Father’s Day: Get Dad a Tie, Not an Assault Rifle

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According to authorities, Orlando shooter Omar Mateen used the assault-style rifle Sig Sauer MCX to kill at least 49 people. A lawyer for the Newtown, Connecticut, families whose children were also killed with an MCX called the weapon “the gold standard for mass murder.” A federal ban on such weapons was allowed to expire in 2004.

Note: We received this announcement this morning from our friends at Connecticut Against Gun Violence. We call on Delaware gun dealers to voluntarily join this act of dignity and respect for those who were killed last weekend in Orlando—and for all victims of gun violence across the nation—on this year’s Father’s Day.

CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR CALLS ON
GUN SELLERS TO AVOID SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS SALES ON FATHER’S DAY IN
RECOGNITION OF ORLANDO FAMILY MEMBERS

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called today for Connecticut gun sellers to voluntarily halt selling semi-automatic weapons this Father’s Day—Sunday, June 19—in recognition of the fathers and parents who lost children in the Orlando tragedy. The AR-15 and the Sig Sauer MCX are illegal in Connecticut, so the Governor is calling on state gun sellers to take a symbolic step of avoiding any semi-automatic weapons sales on Sunday.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Melloy (wikimedia)

In states in which assault weapon sales are legal, Melloy is calling on gun sellers to avoid selling those firearms—particularly the Sig Sauer MCX and the AR-15—out of respect.

Since enacting commonsense gun violence prevention legislation in 2013, crime in Connecticut is at a nearly 50-year low, and violent crime is dropping faster than in almost any other state in the nation. In the last three years, there have been less than 100 murders in the state—something that has not happened since the 1960s.

The gun law passed by Connecticut in the wake of Sandy Hook is one of the toughest in the nation. It requires all firearm transactions be reported to the state police, complete criminal background checks for purchasing firearms and ammunition, and registration of all banned assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

“I am calling on Connecticut gun sellers to avoid all semi-automatic weapons sales on Father’s Day for one reason. We should show respect, through a symbolic gesture, to those who lost loved ones in Orlando,” Governor Malloy said. “It’s one day—and one day only….

“These guns are weapons of mass destruction. They are specifically designed to kill as many people as possible in the shortest period of time. Shootings with these weapons are an almost daily occurrence nationally, and they will continue unless we act both in Congress and at a state-level with smart gun laws. In the absence of action, at a minimum, individual gun sellers can choose to show respect for those who lost their lives in Orlando, and in particular, as we celebrate Father’s Day, children who have lost their fathers and fathers who have lost their children to gun violence. My heart goes out to the friends and family-members of the victims.”

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