Originally published on Newstimes.com
This past week the nation recognized the one-year mark of the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in the United States. On Oct. 1, 2017, the Las Vegas shooter opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds in 10 minutes. The tragedy prompted a debate on bump stocks, used in this horrific tragedy, which allow semiautomatic rifles to fire at a rate similar to that of machine guns.
Eighty-two percent of Americans support a ban on bump stocks. And although congress failed to pass federal legislation, Connecticut is one of a handful of states that enacted the ban. Having gone into effect on Oct. 1, 2018, it is billed a class D felony — punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 — for anyone to sell, purchase, possess or manufacture bump stocks. We passed a ban on bump stocks in both the State House and State Senate in a bipartisan vote.
Yet state Rep. William Duff, who was elected to serve his community of Newtown, Bethel, Danbury and Redding, voted against it. Rep. Duff’s vote shows how out-of-touch he is with his own community. He puts the NRA agenda over the will of his own constituents.
On Nov. 6 voters in the 2nd Assembly District have a choice to make and it’s clear: Elect Raghib Allie-Brennan.
I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Raghib over the last two years. He’s authentic, smart, well-versed in the issues concerning Connecticut residents, and dedicated to a safe, economically fair, and thriving community. Raghib and I have had many conversations about the plague of gun violence in our country.
He is committed to protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens and understands that protecting these rights is not at odds with making our schools, streets and communities safe. He also understands that we need to invest more in increasing access to mental health services and adequately training school personnel to provide diagnostic and counseling services.
As a mother, a teacher, and a survivor of gun violence, I support Raghib Allie-Brennan for State Representative. And I ask you to join me in supporting him on Nov. 6.