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(Photos by Wendy Skratt)

Our Benefit Luncheon at the Greenwich Country Club on April 2 was an enormous success!

Thank you so much for all of you who had attended. And thank you so much for all of you who made for such a successful Paddle Raise! We would love to have you join our committee for next year’s luncheon. Please let us know by contacting sofie@cagv.org if you would like to join the committee.

And if you missed it, we hope you can join us next year.

We received so many wonderful notes from so many attendees! They found our Keynote Speaker, Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU so informative. He really gave the audience a clear understanding of the history of the Second Amendment. And they were so grateful to learn more about how Connecticut leads the nation in passing meaningful legislation and reducing gun deaths! And of course, it was great to catch up with so many friends and like-minded people.

Looking forward to seeing you all (and more!) next year.

Last May, Lori Jackson, a 32 year-old mother of two living in Oxford, CT, was shot and killed by her husband after a court granted her a temporary restraining order. Despite the court believing Lori’s safety was at risk, her husband was allowed to keep his gun.

To close the loophole that puts women at mortal danger all too often, Governor Malloy has introduced legislation to prohibit domestic abusers subject to temporary restraining orders from keeping or buying firearms (click here for the Governor’s press release).

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State Rankings 2013

Based on a Violence Policy Center analysis of newly available data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, CT now has the 4th lowest rate of gun deaths in the nation.  For the previous year, we had ranked sixth.

The VPC analysis also indicates that  states with the lowest overall gun death rates have lower rates of gun ownership and some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation. However, even in these states the human toll of gun violence is far above the gun death rate in other industrialized nations.

The VPC analysis refers to overall gun death rates in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. A table of the states with the five highest gun death rates and the five lowest gun death rates is below. For a list of gun death rates in all 50 states,  click here.

States with the Five Highest Gun Death Rates

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