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Gun Violence Debate Back In The Spotlight

Mar 20, 2019

As New Zealand reacts to the deadliest mass shooting in its history, the debate over guns is resurfacing here in Connecticut on many fronts.

The Connecticut Supreme Court has dealt a blow to the company that manufactures the semi-automatic rifle used in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Victims' families allowed to proceed with their lawsuit finally may be able to force Remington Arms into turning over information about how it markets such weapons.

Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation, meanwhile, are moving to block the use of federal education funds toward the arming of school teachers. And the state legislature is considering a new crop of gun bills.

This week, we take a big-picture look at what's happening. 

We also hone in on legislative proposals involving the ability of individuals to make healthcare and end-of-life decisions for themselves and their family members. One is a bill to allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medicine to terminally ill patients. The other seeks to prevent parents from objecting to child vaccinations on religious grounds.


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