Gun violence surged in Connecticut’s largest cities in 2020. Policymakers say it’s an epidemic that needs renewed attention.

Hartford Courant | Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, state lawmakers passed some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws.

Yet the toll of gun violence in Connecticut’s largest cities has not stopped, leading for a call for a new state initiative to fund and implement programs to address the issue.

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CAGV Applauds Lamont $3M Investment In Violence Prevention

CT Patch | While strong gun laws are essential for curbing gun violence in all of its forms, additional strategies can strengthen their effectiveness. This is particularly true of the ongoing public health crisis of community gun violence in Connecticut’s cities. That is why CT Against Gun Violence has pursued a multi-dimensional strategy to reduce gun homicide that disproportionately victimizes communities of color. The strategy pairs gun regulations that reduce the flow of illegal guns with meaningful spending on evidenced-based, community-centric gun violence prevention and intervention programs.

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With CT reeling from gun deaths, lawmakers push for violence-prevention funding

ctpost | With the state reeling from a jump in gun-related homicides, lawmakers Wednesday pushed for an increase in funding for violence-prevention programs.

While the coronavirus pandemic has dominated headlines and government resources, the shooting deaths of a 3-year-old and 16-year-old in Hartford over the weekend were tragic reminders of another public health crisis that has waged on in Connecticut, largely out of focus.

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