Approximately 200 gun rights activists demonstrated at Washington's state capitol building on Thursday morning to ostensibly protest the passage of I-594. A day after this display, Lt. Governor Brad Owen, a Democrat and President of the Senate, announced that openly carried firearms are now banned from the public viewing area.
During an interview on CNN's New Day Monday Morning, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) fired back at host Chris Cuomo's assertion that the hostage situation in Australia may have been averted if that country didn't have such strict gun control laws.
Five decent, caring, dedicated and hard working adults were wiped out in Sandy Hook Elementary School by someone brandishing two 9mm pistols (a Glock and Sig Sauer) and a Bushmaster .223 AR-15 rifle. Tragically, 20 little boys and girls were also killed, either kindergartners or first graders. The school was populated by 5-10 year olds. This is highly personal. My father-in-law was raised in Newtown, where the village of Sandy Hook is located. The current Newtown population is about 26,000. My wife is a teacher. We have 5 children, 3 grandchildren.