Sandy Hook hearing reveals sharp divide on gun control (video)

His voice wavering, Mark Mattioli wiped away tears as he…

His voice wavering, Mark Mattioli wiped away tears as he recalled the day his 6-year-old son died when a man wielding an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School and began shooting.

His son, James, was among the 20 children and seven adults killed by Adam Lanza on December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut — an event so horrific that it has since spawned a federal task force and kick-started a national conversation about gun control.

But unlike the handful of other parents who testified Monday at the emotionally charged hearing in Hartford, Connecticut, Mattioli said there are more than enough gun laws on the books. He called instead for a closer look at mental health policies.

“I don’t care if you named it ‘James’ law,’ I don’t want (another law),” he said during the first of a series of meetings set up by a legislative task force assigned to review the state’s gun laws.

“I think there’s much more promise for a solution in identifying, researching and creating solutions along the lines of mental health.”

Source: David Ariosto for CNN

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  • Pete

    I have 22 years as a police officer in Texas. In those years i have never found myself at a lost for a gun law to help put away some one who needed to be locked up. But I constantly am left in wonder and confusion when it comes to getting people who are a danger because of mental health off the streets and into treatment. There is no help for the mentally ill. I’ve had families in tears asking me to do something to help but law enforcement hands are tied. The state of help in this country is a joke but there are no political points to be gained or an agenda for the politicians to pursue for an overhaul of the mental health care in the U.S. that will help their party. It’s not about gun control it’s about controlling our freedoms. Politicians fear free people who can think, act and defend themselves.