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The requirement of secure storage pf firearms in particularly in homes where minors reside and the imposition of serious civil and criminal liability for damage arising from insecure storage is another point i wish to make. the same penalty should apply for damages resulting from the loaning out of weapons, i.e. by law only the registered licensed permit holder of any given firearm should have access to and use of that firearm.
I would like to show you the last picture taken of our son Noah. It was taken the night before he was murdered, Thursday, Dec. 13, before our world was changed forever.
It shows him holding up a lit Hanukkah candle and staring and smiling into its flame. I will forever cherish this photograph. He looked so innocent and full of wonder. He was cheated of his full potential. I can now only dream of the man he would have become.
I also would like to show you a paper cut out of a turkey made this past Thanksgiving. Admittedly he was no Picasso. On each feather, he was asked to write something he was thankful for.
He wrote electricity, books, friends and family. But its the center feather that really draws me in. He wrote ‘the life I live.’
What happened in Sandy Hook on Dec. 14 2012 destroyed Noah’s life and the lives of so many others. We must change for the better to prevent the likelihood of a tragedy of this magnitude from ever shattered the lives of innocence and their families ever again.
We owe it to our children and their families. The time is now. Let the state of Connecticut become an agent for change with respect to gun safety. Our little man, and every other child and adult who died that day, deserve it.