Malloy not happy with Trump gun proposals

March 12, 2018 GMT

HARTFORD - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not happy with President Donald Trump’s gun control and school safety initiatives.

“Just days after he looked the American people in the eye and promised real action to prevent gun violence, President Trump is proposing a plan that will appease his allies in the NRA but do very little to keep our children safe.” Malloy said.

Just three weeks after the Parkland, Florida school massacre that left 17 students and adults dead, the Trump administration proposed providing some school personnel with “rigorous” firearms training and left out increasing the minimum age to purchase firearms, a goal Trump had previously endorsed.


The plan includes forming a commission chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos charged with recommending funding and polices for school violence prevention, including possible age restrictions on firearm purchases.

The Trump administration also called for states to adopt “extreme risk protection orders” that allow law enforcement, with court approval, to remove firearms from people judged to a threat to themselves or others.

Malloy said Trump is not going far enough to protect schools, adding arming teachers is the worst possible idea.

“Putting guns in the hands of educators is the wrong way to go about making our learning environments safer and healthier places for children to grow and thrive,” Malloy said.

“In Connecticut, we serve as an example that it is possible to fortify our schools without turning them into fortresses, the governor added. “It’s time for the Trump Administration to drop the NRA talking points and get serious about engaging in a real discussion about school safety, which entails talking about positive school climates.”

Dianna Wentzel, state department of education commissioner, said fostering a better school environment will help reduce violence.

“As education leaders it is our responsibility to foster a school climate that supports student achievement and well-being in which children feel welcome, accepted, valued and — above all — safe and secure,” Wentzell said.

“That is why I have always been proponent of, among other safety measures, utilizing school-based health and wellness centers to ensure students are happy, healthy and ready to learn,” she said. “Schools are not prisons or fortresses and so my definition of safe schools keeps the focus where it belongs: on teaching and learning.”

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman added “The country is demanding action on guns—civic groups are raising their voices in state houses and on Capitol Hill, student groups are marching for their lives, and influential members of the business community are stepping up for the public safety.”