U.S. Rep. John Larson to Host Violence Prevention Forum in West Hartford

Forum will take place on Sunday, Dec. 23 at Saint John's Episcopal Church in West Hartford.

Congressman John B. Larson and the Rt. Rev. James E. Curry, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, will host a forum on violence prevention this Sunday.

According to a release received from the office of Congressman Larson, "Recognizing the immediate need to begin a comprehensive look at violence in our communities, Congressman Larson will discuss our mental health system, gun regulations, and national policy as it relates to violence prevention."

The forum will be held at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06119, on Sunday, Dec. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.


Brian December 23, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Clearly we need a mental health registry to be checked during firearm purchases, but nothing is reasonable about banning any class or type of firearm or magazine. Treat the situation for what it was, a horrible, isolated incident.
marc s ruby December 23, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I agree with Brian , I also clearly agree with the Gentleman on Fox 61 this a.m. who said No legislation should done following a tragedy as horrific as the Newtown Masscre. Emotions are too high and legislation could be rushed in 'knee jerk' fashion , only to be regretted later.We have a serious Mental health issue in this Country that must be addressed. When I was growing up in the Fifty's , there were more Guns per capita in the U.S. than today. And they were readily available, I walked into a Sears and bought a Semi-auto 22cal. at age 16 like I was buying a pair of socks. So whats changed , our Demographics and 'Society' has changed.
Palin Smith December 23, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Congressman Larson never misses a chance to display his imperial incompetence: "Recognizing the immediate need to begin a comprehensive look at violence in our communities, Congressman Larson will discuss our mental health system, gun regulations, and national policy as it relates to violence prevention." Larson has been representing Connecticut's First District for twelve years. Why only now does he recognize an "immediate need"? Do all those kids gunned down in Hartford and in other Connecticut cities in past years mean nothing? Obamacare was rushed through before the people voting for it had even read it. Now many have either opted out or are trying to opt out. There should be no special allowances. Mental healthcare is a BIG loser under Obamacare. Larson is to blame. When government can't do the simple job of protecting citizens, it's the right and need of people to do whatever it takes to protect themselves. Going in the direction of making people less able to protect themselves is a fool's errand. And I can think of no better representative to lead that charge than John Larson!
Ian McDevitt December 23, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I agree with all above. I travel outside the US and see alot of other cultures. Americans are funny, in a split second we will put armed guards on our money, but refuse to consider doing it on our most valuable resource, our children. Cool heads here will benefit all. God bless those children and families effected.
Geeko December 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Police Have No Duty To Protect Individuals: Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981) when the Court stated "fundamental principle of American law is that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen." For Connecticut, see: Thurman v. City of Torrington, United States District Court D. Connecticut October 23, 1984 595 F.Supp. 1521
Wmarshall December 25, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Somewhere in the vicinity of 50,000 people loose their lives in motor vehicle accidents each year, yet there is no hue and cry to ban motor vehicles. There are existing gun laws already in place to arrest and prosecute individuals who break the law where firearms are concerned. The press and government are using the tragedy in Newtown to try to fly the gun control flag. Efforts should be made to increase school Security. Access control, visitor pre approval and a check point to screen visitors before getting to the main school building are my recommendations..


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