As families of some of the 26 people killed in the Newtown shooting rampage begin burying their loved ones, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the federal government needs to get serious about enacting stricter gun laws.
Speaking at a press conference in Hartford on Monday, Malloy also said that while he was in the Sandy Hook Firehouse last week with some of the parents of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he realized that some of them had waited hours for word of their loved ones and did not know that their children were gone. He took on the grim task of ending their uncertainty, he said.
“I made the decision that … to have that go on any longer was wrong,” Malloy said, as he fought back tears.
He also told reporters that he wants federal lawmakers to get serious on gun control legislation.
“Do I think Washington D.C. needs to get its act together and enact stricter gun control laws at the federal level? You bet I do.”
Malloy has called for a moment of silence this Friday and for churches to toll their bells 26 times in honor of the shooting victims.