WESTON, Conn. – Two Weston selectmen criticized the federal and state governments Thursday night for their failure to enact laws that might have prevented the tragic shootings.
The comments came during the regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen's meeting just before a town resolution was issued to support the people of Newtown.
David Muller recited a long list of public school shootings that ended with Newtown, and condemned the federal government for not enacting gun control laws.
Dennis Tracey blamed the state for not having a law that would have prohibited Nancy Lanza from owning the assault rifle that her son Adam used to kill her, along with 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
After Muller and Tracey’s comments, First Selectman Gayle Weinstein read the resolution, which extends sympathy to the town of Newtown and pledges to assist the town in any way possible. The selectmen pledged to work with the Board of Education and the police to take appropriate steps to promote public safety.
Weinstein also said, “We will look at our own firearms regulations in town and work with the police.”
She also complimented the Weston police force, which sent two officers to Newtown to assist victimized families.
“We’re proud of what they did to help the families," she said. "They’ve been there around the clock to make sure they’re safe.”
She also invited residents to a ceremony Friday morning at 9:30 that honors the Newtown shooting victims. The event will take place at St. Francis of Assisi church at 35 Norfield Road, where a bell will be rung 26 times in honor of each school victim.