STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN ON TODAY’S VOTE IN THE U.S. SENATE ON FOUR GUN BILLS
"Enough is enough. We need Congress to pass these bills.” — Mayor Luke Bronin
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 20, 2016) — BACKGROUND: Today, the U.S. Senate plans to vote on four gun bills, including an amendment sponsored by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) — co-sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) — that would close the “gun show loophole” by requiring every gun purchaser to undergo a background check. It would also expand the background check database (click here for more info: http://wapo.st/28JpxcD).
In advance of the U.S. Senate taking up these four bills, Mayor Luke Bronin made the following on-the-record statement:
“I’m urging Congress to pass necessary, common sense gun laws today. As a nation, we continue to see tragedies mount as easy access to military-style weapons allows sick and evil individuals to inflict more pain than anyone should be capable of inflicting. The majority of Americans support background checks for gun shows, expansion of the federal background check database, banning gun sales to people on the federal no-fly watch list, and making it harder to buy assault weapons. Connecticut is grateful for the leadership of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and the rest of our congressional delegation who have been strong, consistent advocates for common-sense gun reform, and it’s time their colleagues step forward and join them. Enough is enough. We need Congress to pass these bills.”
MAYOR BRONIN LAUNCHES NEW HARTFORD RESIDENT SERVICE CENTER
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 15, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced the launch of a new Hartford Resident Service Center located on the ground floor of City Hall (550 Main Street). The Resident Service Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, and representatives are available to help residents navigate City Hall and report quality of life concerns.
“For years, it’s bothered me that the resident service center on the first floor of City Hall was empty and dark, while residents wandered around looking for help,” said Mayor Bronin. "Now, when residents come in seeking information or assistance, they’ll see our welcome center staffed and ready to help. Sometimes small things can make a real difference, and I hope this new welcome center will send a strong message that we are focused on serving our customers – the residents and taxpayers of Hartford.
The Resident Service Center will be staffed by representatives of Hartford 311, which has been moved into the Office of Community Engagement. Representatives will continue to take 311 calls, a system intended to provide an easy and streamlined way for residents, businesses, and visitors to request City services ranging from pothole repair and sanitation to streetlights and blight.
The Resident Service Center can be accessed anywhere within the City from both landlines and cell phones, and should only be used for non-emergencies. The Resident Service Center will be available through several different platforms, including:
• Mobile: Download the Hartford 311 app for your iPhone or iPad from the Apple Store
• Web: http://www.publicstuff.com/submit
• Phone: dial 3-1-1 or (860) 757-9311 from landlines
With the launch of the Resident Service Center, Mayor Bronin has taken another step to streamline City services for Hartford residents.
“Thanks to Mayor Bronin’s leadership we are very excited to promote the launch of a visible and responsive Hartford Welcome Center," said Janice Castle, Director of Community Engagement. "We lean on the residents of Hartford to be our eyes and ears in the neighborhoods, and we encourage them to utilize the services we provide to make Hartford the best city it can be.”
MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION AND PASS AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN
“We don’t need moments of silence in Congress, we need votes, and we need action.” — Mayor Bronin
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 14, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin called on Congress to take action by passing a common-sense ban on assault weapons in the wake of a massacre in Orlando — targeting the LGBT community — the largest mass shooting in U.S. History.
“It should not be possible for an individual filled with hate to walk into a gun store and walk out with a military-style assault weapon,” said Mayor Bronin. "As a nation, we’ve seen tragedies mount as military-style assault weapons allow a sick and evil individual to inflict more pain than one individual should be capable of inflicting. Enough is enough.”
In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Assault Weapons Ban, prohibiting the manufacture, transfer, and possession of 19 specific semi-automatic assault weapons, including AK-47s, AR15s, Uzis, and MAC-10s — ammunition devices that could fire 10 or more rounds.
The Assault Weapons Ban expired in September 2004. Since then, several mass shootings have occurred that involved weapons that were previously illegal under the Assault Weapons Ban, including: Virginia Tech, VA (2007); Fort Hood, TX (2009); Tucson, AZ (2011); Newtown, CT (2012); and Orlando, FL (2016).
Following one of the worst mass shootings in American history that involved the killing of 20 children and six teachers in Newtown, CT, Gov. Malloy signed common-sense gun legislation expanding Connecticut’s assault weapons ban.
In December of last year, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 (H.R. 4269), which would renew the Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004. The bill has 125 co-sponsors, including: Rep. John Larson (D-CT); Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT); Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT); and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). The last action on the bill was referring it to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on January 15, 2016.
“In Connecticut, Governor Malloy and legislators have enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including an expanded assault weapons ban,” said Mayor Bronin “Connecticut is grateful for the leadership of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and the rest of our congressional delegation who have been strong, consistent advocates for common-sense gun reform, and it’s time their colleagues step forward. We don’t need moments of silence in Congress, we need votes, and we need action.”
STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN ON THE ORLANDO SHOOTING
Hartford, Conn. (June 12, 2016) — BACKGROUND: Early Sunday morning, a gunman killed 50 people and wounded 53 at a crowded nightclub in Orlando, making it the deadliest mass shooting in American history (Click here for more information: http://nyti.ms/1XhqxIi). In response, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin made the following statement:
"We grieve today for all of the victims of the horrific attack in Orlando: for the dozens of innocents killed and wounded, for their loved ones and their families, for the LGBT community, for the City of Orlando and for our country. The City of Hartford extends our deepest condolences, our prayers, and our commitment to stand united in the face of terror.
"Almost exactly a year ago, crowds gathered joyfully in Hartford and around the country to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. In the face of this terrorist attack targeting the LGBT community, we gathered together again tonight — in sadness, but with the same spirit of unity and love. Let us condemn the hatred that motivated this attack. Let us condemn the demagoguery that exploits this tragedy to divide us from our fellow Americans. And let us celebrate the aspiration for equality and freedom that makes our nation the target of those who subscribe to a twisted ideology.
"Let us also rededicate ourselves to the effort to enact common-sense gun laws to protect innocent Americans from tragedies like this. There will always be viciousness in the world. There will always be violence. But the pain that can be inflicted by one sick individual, infected with so many vicious strains of hatred and armed with a legally-bought military-style assault weapon, is shocking and unacceptable. This latest tragedy should be a clear call to action.”