Statistically, gun deaths are definitively two fold - murders in urban neighborhoods using illegal weapons and suicides in rural areas where guns are legally registered.
Legal guns in rural areas are not just cultural, they are a tool and their role in suicide can be alleviated by better mental health treatment.
Guns in the inner city are all about crime and defense against crime; a vicious circle. Stricter gun laws have not and will not get illegal guns off the street.
Gun control advocates either conveniently ignore or demonize the role of 'stop and frisk' tactics by police in high crime inner city neighborhoods because it very clearly targets minorities. Unfortunately, that's where gun violence takes the worst toll.
If gun control advocates are actually serious about stopping gun violence and not just wringing their hands with moral righteousness, then illegal guns need to be taken off the streets of the inner cities where strict gun laws have failed. Until we have that inconvenient discussion, there are no real solutions. View Comment
Hopefully there will always be young people willing to serve their country in the military but the current climate in our schools actively discourages this path.
Patriotism in class is often looked down upon as being arrogant or militaristic. There are always lessons in sensitivity because someone may be offended by the expressed belief that the U.S is a great country.
More so, the inconvenient truth is that soldiering includes training and using guns and possibly going into battle. Students who express an interest in weapons or going to fight (or sometimes even the video games that so usefully train the drone pilots) are met with active suspicion and very low tolerance.
Encouraging capable young people to choose a career in the military is a wonderful ideal but our day to day culture here in Connecticut, particularly in our schools, does everything possible to turn them away. View Comment
And gender I think. The victim's family admits they are satisfied with the far more lenient deal, despite the recommendation of the prosecution, because of they don't want her children to be without their mother. A man regardless of color would be given a harsher penalty. View Comment
Rates are an issue but really its tuition costs that have risen far beyond prices in any other industry. Colleges and universities have been on a spending binge for 20 years at the expense of students and families with no incentive to stop. Many pay their presidents healthy six even seven figure salaries and have hundreds of millions in endowment funds. Oh and they don't pay taxes. We hear much about the 'greed' of banks and oil companies but why are these businesses exempt. View Comment
How can CT maintain all this 'well-being' with the lowest economic growth in the country? Someone has to pay for all these health and education programs. And the high earnings valued by this index do not take into account a high cost of living. If it's so great, then why is our population growth nil despite the influx of so many new immigrants? That's a whole lot of people leaving. I like CT but let's not pretend we're on unicorns skipping up rainbows. View Comment
Then what accounts for the difference in unemployment rates by state? CT is 8%. West Virginia is 6.2%. Vermont is 4.1%. California is 8.6%. It's not new industry vs old but the match between business and residents. Do skilled workers that CT needs choose to live elsewhere or does CT just not have enough business to employ those who already live here? View Comment
With new same day voter registration and drivers licenses for non-citizens, of course Malloy will win. No more need for those embarrassing bags of uncounted votes found in some gymnasium in Bridgeport. View Comment
Instead of marching in Hartford, why Ms. Baekey work to improve violence in her own city? March through Roodner Court or Colonial Village demanding gun control, particularly of blatantly illegal guns, and background checks. Take the problem to the real source instead of posturing to politicians. View Comment
If taxpayers are going to essentially underwrite the cost of tuition by keeping loan rates low, colleges need to justify their existing cost structures. Why should universities be allowed to endlessly raise rates, supported by government programs that we fund, when they are sitting on billions in tax free endowment money? View Comment
We are a nation of laws but according to Mr. Meyerovich, if I decide to stop paying my taxes (which would greatly improve my life) as long as I was not a threat to society, that income could simply be considered 'undocumented' without consequence. The same goes for health insurance. Who needs it; just walk into the emergency room and get everything for free; paid for by those who apparently foolishly do follow the law and pay taxes. Car insurance; who needs that responsibility if I cause an accident. The point is not that we don't want good hard working people coming to this country. The point is do it legally and pay your fair share. View Comment
Well intended but when it comes right down to actually getting someone in trouble - their friends, their boyfriends - for using slurs against gay kids, will they really stand up and tell the truth? This is a nice start but it's easy to put up a website and sign a petition. Much harder to speak out when it's right in front of you. View Comment