NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Outside of New Haven Police Headquarters, a push for change to gun control laws as many wonder if the latest mass shooting that killed 58 and injured hundreds more is a tipping point for lawmakers.
“I do feel like there’s a tipping point and I feel like it’s a little like a tsunami and so many people were killed and injured and forever their lives will change. We have great Senators and they’ll get it done,” said Amanda Cordano of Ridgefield.
Surrounded by supporter Connecticut legislators announced new legislation that if approved would bring major changes to the gun industry.
“When we saw Sandy Hook we said never again. Columbine never again. Aurora we said never again. San Bernardino never again. Orlando never again. Las Vegas. How can we say never again when it continues to happen over and over and over again?” said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.
“The idea that we can’t do anything about gun violence because there are evil people or folks with mental illness is absolutely false,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Senator Richard Blumenthal said they’ve submitted three new bills for consideration that would change gun laws. One would place a ban on bump stocks like the one used in this week’s massacre in Las Vegas.
“This epidemic of gun violence, both the mass shootings and the reality of living in many of this country’s cities is unfortunately uniquely American and what we know is that the right laws save lives,” said Senator Chris Murphy.
The other proposals include a bill to end the Charleston Loophole which allows anyone to buy a gun if a background check isn’t complete within 72 hours. Also on the books is a proposal to eliminate the law that protects gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
The general feeling at today’s press conference is one of hope and determination. In the crowd, Nicole Hockley, co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise and the mother of 6 year old Dylan Hockley who was killed at Sandy Hook.
“I don’t know if this is the tipping point or not but I think the change is coming. It’s gonna start happening faster but never fast enough to save the lives of the people that are dying everyday,” said Hockley.