LONGMEADOW, Mass (WWLP) – Monday marks the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school mass shooting that killed 26 children and educators. A day forever etched in the minds of Americans. It was the second deadliest mass shooting in United States History. After the massacre, people rallied for tougher gun laws.
A lot has changed, including some states adapting tougher gun laws, while others, have moved in the opposite direction. Anita Themistos of East Longmeadow told 22News, “I think we need tougher gun laws and tougher background checking with people.” Six states expanded background checks, including Connecticut. Massachusetts may soon follow. Connecticut issued an executive order that would stop anyone on a federal watch list from obtaining a gun.
After the Sandy hook massacre, congress rejected a bill that would have expanded background checks on all guns sales, including those at guns shows and over the internet. That same bill came up again after the San Bernardino shooting and congress shot that bill down again, as well.
There’s been an increase in the number of guns made, sold, and permits issued. One parent told 22News her daughter’s school now has active lockdown drills. “Its really a shame that its the third anniversary and we keep having to have these conversations. I have an eleven year old daughter and I worry when I send her off to school,” says Jennifer Jester of Longmeadow.
22News talked with former teacher Joanne Pirog of West Springfield, who said she supports the right to bear arms, but thinks guns are getting in the wrong hands. “The guns seem to be getting in the hands of the criminals, that’s the problem.”
On Black Friday, U.S. gun sales reached a single day record and there were more than 185-thousand federal background checks. From 2007-2014 hand gun permits across the country nearly tripled from 4.7 million to 12.8 million.