Connecticut legislators came together on gun control in a remarkable display of bipartisanship. They did so at a time when too many U.S. legislators are cowering in fear of the NRA and what it could do to them if they showed any spine at all.
So how did our state pull off this kind of bipartisanship? A lot of the credit goes to our state senator, Toni Boucher. Invited to become co-chair of the legislature’s subcommittee composed of an equal number of Republican and Democratic legislators and charged with conducting hearings and coming up with legislative recommendations on school safety and security, both she and her Democratic co-chair counterpart knew that the mission they were undertaking would be very challenging: To be successful, it would require bipartisan cooperation and action in a time when bipartisanship at all levels of government has been in very short supply.