Opinion: CT budget includes ‘unprecedented’ investment against gun violence

Included in the $24 billion budget passed this week by the Connecticut General Assembly is an unprecedented level of spending of nearly $6 million to fund community gun violence prevention, intervention and aftercare programs. This investment to address the public health crisis of gun violence in Connecticut reflects the hard work of legislative leaders and the Lamont administration, and the support of numerous lawmakers.

Grassroots advocates led by CT Against Gun Violence were also integral to the success, reaching out to legislators and Gov. Lamont by the hundreds, testifying at public hearings and participating in lobby days at the Capitol during the past month. 

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Students Need to Feel Safe

CT News Junkie | Since the Oxford High School shooting in Michigan, thousands of students in Connecticut have been terrorized by threats of violence in school, leading to lockdowns, school closures, and widespread student absences across the state, including in Ansonia, Danbury, Farmington, Greenwich, Hamden, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, and Norwich.

The fear and anxiety was made even worse by the school shooting threats that were rampant on Tik Tok last week. 

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We can reduce the amount of Connecticut gun violence

CT Mirror | This week the Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Committee, created by the General Assembly for the purpose of guiding it on the establishment of a commission to reduce community gun violence in Connecticut, heard testimony from the public and interested organizations. CT Against Gun Violence submitted the following testimony, calling for the creation of a state-level, executive branch Office of Community Gun Violence Prevention.

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