Like many other Connecticut residents, the gun violence that surrounds us feels personal to me. When I go to public places, I find myself searching for the emergency exit, wondering what I can upend to hide behind — just in case. I have spoken with numerous people on the campaign trail who share this fear — for themselves, for their children.
I wish we could have a purely academic debate about whether or not Americans should have guns. However, it is not academic because every day, we lose 96 people to gun violence and over 200 are shot and survive. More guns equal more gun deaths.