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Sandy Hook Father Gives Emotional Speech to Connecticut Legislature

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 20, 2013

One of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut was six-year-old James Mattioli.  His father, Mark, gave an emotional speech to a subcommittee of the Connecticut legislature on his views to address potential future tragedies.  In his presentation, Mr. Mattioli included the following comments:

How do we expect to have any impact on a society and say, ‘We’re going to pass a law.  Hey this is inexcusable.  We can’t allow any more of this.  Let’s pass a law that will change the course of the future’ when we don’t enforce the laws that we have on the books — the most important laws?,”.

“I think there’s much more promise for a solution in identifying, researching and creating solutions along the lines of mental health issues – I think there’s a lot of work that can be done there.”

“I believe the solution may not be as easy to implement as I might hope, but it’s a simple concept.  We need civility across our nation.”

Mr. Mattioli offered his concern about attempting to address the Nation’s violence with increased gun control laws sharing Chicago as an example.  The Windy City has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, yet still it experiences over 500 deaths a year by gun violence.

Perhaps Mr. Mattioli’s most significant comment was that “we need common decency”.  To that this Blog says “amen”.




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