CAGV Candidates Grades and Endorsements for November General Assembly Races

 

CT Against Gun Violence has issued grades for all candidates running in November’s Connecticut General Assembly races. Where there is a clear choice of a candidate who is a champion on gun safety issues, CAGV has endorsed those candidates.

Factors used to determine grades included: voting record, responses to our candidate questionnaire sent to all candidates of record; statements made by candidates on gun safety issues to the press; comments made at public hearings, at candidate forums, and at candidate debates; appearances before and remarks made to opposition groups; comments and response to ideas presented at private meetings; and actions and comments in prior positions held.

Information was then reviewed and considered by the Endorsement Committee and final endorsement decisions were made. A grade of “?” indicates that sufficient information is not available for the candidate. If you’re not sure which district you vote in, please  click here

Click here to view the full list of candidates, grades, and endorsements for all CT General Assembly House and Senate Districts.

Ten Ways to Stop Gun Violence

 

Gun violence takes many forms so solutions to the problems don’t lend themselves to “one size-fits-all” remedies. Here is our list of the top ten priorities for attacking the gun violence problem.

  1. Smart Guns

Smart gun technologies, in which Smart guns, or personalized guns, are designed to be useless unless unlocked by radio signal or a biometric authenticator such as voice activation, fingerprints, or a retina scan could help prevent gun deaths in many important ways including:

  1. The hundreds of thousands of guns stolen every year could be rendered harmless.
  2. Gun accidents in the home could be reduced, especially among children.
  3. Suicidal teenagers would be prevented from appropriating their parents’ guns.

The term smart gun has been trademarked by the gun manufacturer Mossberg.

To read the entire list click here.

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.

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