A Desmond's Law May Have Stopped Killer

November 14, 2017

If Texas had a Desmond’s law, major red flags would have gone up in 2014 when the killer in the Texas church massacre, Devin Kelley, was convicted of animal cruelty. "If we see patterns of animal abuse, the odds are that something else is going on," says John Thompson, of the National Sheriffs' Assoc. Read this New York Times article.

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Lesser Calls For Ban On Gun Bump Stocks

October 4, 2017

Rep. Matthew Lesser is urging his colleagues in the Connecticut General Assembly to plug a big loophole in gun-control laws and ban so-called bump stocks, which turn semiautomatic guns into automatic killing machines. Bump stocks were used in the Las Vegas massacre.

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GOP Budget Dismantles Election Reforms

September 20, 2017

Rep. Matthew Lesser, many of his colleagues and leaders of good government advocacy groups urged the public Tuesday to contact their legislators and implore them to reject proposals in the Republican budget that would dismantle the state’s Citizens Election Program.

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Uniting against hate, bigotry and violence

August 17, 2017

In the wake of last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, we are left with far too many questions and not enough answers. While Connecticut is roughly 450 miles removed from Charlottesville, Virginia, I find myself asking “Could it happen here?” And if so, what can we do to mitigate the effects of such a hateful demonstration? I believe that by uniting together, we can minimize the chances of hate, bigotry and violence from occurring by taking pride in our state and by educating residents on Connecticut’s hate crime laws.

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