Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy accepted the findings of the special Sandy Hook Advisory Commission he established, but shied away from its further call for draconian anti-gun measures.
The 16-member commission, established two years ago following the December 2012 Newtown incident in which 20 children and six adults were killed, presented their final report to the governor Friday. The expansive 277-page document includes nearly 100 recommendations on mental health, the physical security of schools and – most controversially – guns.
Malloy, pointing out that the state adopted among the strongest gun control packages in the country during the 2013 legislative session, declined to champion the new recommendations.
“There’s just not a big appetite for even talking about guns at the moment in the state of Connecticut,” he said Friday before accepting the report.
Malloy, who fought a tough re-election campaign in which gun violence and his administration’s response to it, forecasted future school shootings.
“My hope is that we’re doing enough in Connecticut to prevent this from happening again in Connecticut,” said Malloy. “My hunch is that things like this are going to happen in other states and there have been over 1,000 children shot since this time.”