Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged Connecticut lawmakers Wednesday to work with him to prevent future tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saying gun rights and public safety must be balanced but "freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher."
The Democrat said he believes the state and society must find better ways to respond to people with mental health needs, while striking a balance between respecting individual rights and the obligation to protect the public.
"And when it comes to preventing future acts of violence in our schools, let me say this: more guns are not the answer," Malloy told a joint session of the General Assembly during his State of the State address. "Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom."
After the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre last month, the National Rifle Association responded, in part, by calling for trained, armed volunteers in every school in America.