Editorial from CAGV Communications Director Jonathan Perloe

“I still see those empty orange running shoes in my dreams. What those two bullets took away. I miss her.”

These are the words a friend used to begin the story of his niece’s murder. Rebecca had just broken up with her then college boyfriend. He was a legally licensed gun owner. He didn’t have a history of physical or emotional abuse against Rebecca. But the day she broke off the relationship she was scared enough to phone the police after her ex called to say he was driving down to see her one last time. The police interviewed him and concluded he was not dangerous. He ended up going back to his car to retrieve his .357 Magnum. He went to her dorm room, shot her twice in the face then took his own life.

Women are five times more likely to be killed when her abuser has access to a gun.

Ebony’s estranged boyfriend came to the bingo parlor where she was hanging out with friends. He said, “If I can’t have her, you can’t have her either” then shot Ebony to death. Ebony’s ex had a history of domestic violence. Just 10 days earlier he was arrested for severely beating Ebony. He had a prior conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence. But under South Carolina law he was still legally allowed to own firearms.

Connecticut has its own illogical gun law. Under our current domestic violence protection law an alleged abuser who is subject to a temporary restraining order (TRO) is allowed to keep and buy guns even though the standard for a judge to issue a TRO is the likelihood of the victim facing “immediate and present physical harm.” During 2015 there were more than 40,000 reported incidents of domestic violence in Connecticut. It’s believed that many more are never reported to law enforcement.

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CT Gun Deaths: 2008-2015

We saw an increase in firearm homicides in 2015 over recent year trends. 78 Connecticut residents were murdered by guns in 2015.

Suicides on the other hand declined over recent trends, as 99 took their lives with a firearm in CT.

There was also one death for which the manner has not yet been confirmed as a homicide or suicide by the CT Chief Medical Examiner.

No accidental firearms deaths were recorded in Connecticut for 2015.

Our data is confirmed monthly with the CT Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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Law Center Map

Connecticut has for the third consecutive year been ranked by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence as having the second strongest gun laws in the nation

As in the past, the rankings reveal a strong correlation between smart gun laws and fewer gun deaths—states with the weakest laws, like Wyoming and Mississippi have some of the highest gun death rates in the country, while states with strong laws, like California and Connecticut, have some of the lowest gun death rates. Simply put, the Scorecard shows that gun laws save lives.

Click here to see how all the states rank.