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Friday, April 26, 2013

Newtown Voters Say No to Increased School Security


by Ed Brown

In an almost unbelievable turn of events voters in Newtown Connecticut have resoundingly defeated a budget proposal spurred by the December 14th Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that would have increased school security measures by hiring more police and unarmed security officers. The $72 million budget proposal represented an increase of more than 5 percent next fiscal year with the additional security staff absorbing nearly $800,000.
Chairman of the Legislative Council, Jeff Capeci, said the increase was too large to sell to the public, even considering the devastation and anguish represented by the tragedy of the shooting:
“I thought it was an incredibly high increase for this economy,” Capeci said. “At the end of the day, Newtown voters thought it was too much of an increase.”
In stark contrast, Connecticut legislators and the Governor just this month signed what advocacy groups are calling the stiffest and most comprehensive(most infringing) gun legislation in the nation – by a vote of 105 – 44 lawmakers instantly banned certain guns altogether, required background checks for all gun purchases and limited gun magazine capacities. The Governor signed the bill on April 4th.

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