Redding Mother: Majority Wants Gun Control

Lestina Trainor, a mother of three, waited until 3 a.m. Tuesday morning to make sure her thoughts regarding gun control were heard in Hartford.


After spending the day in Hartford, one Redding mother waited until 3 a.m. Tuesday to advise governments officials that a majority of Connecticut residents are in favor of stricter gun laws.

Lestina Trainor, a mother of three school-age children, was one of the last to address the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety, which held a public hearing beginning at 10 a.m. Monday and lasting into the wee hours Tuesday morning.

"The majority of people in Connecticut want common sense gun laws," Trainor said. "I speak for the majority, not the fringe."

Trainor suggested a gun registry become the norm in the Nutmeg State, similar to the way the Department of Motor Vehicles requires drivers to register their automobiles. Those who have a problem with being on record owning a weapon shouldn't be allowed to possess one, she said.

"We are disgusted that it is so easy for anyone to just get their hands on an assault weapon, often without any background check or even record of sale," Trainor said.

Trainor said she was "shocked" that gun owners were defensive during the hearing.

"You can have your guns," she said. "Just not any gun, without a background check, [with] unlimited ammunition."  

Like other amendments, Trainor said, the right to bear arms comes with limitations.

"Why is that so difficult to understand?" she said. "Why are the gun owners so insulted and indignant when somebody suggests that they may not need certain types of weapons or ammunition in the pursuit of normal civilian lives?"

Trainor said Connecticut residents need to feel safe going to the mall, going to school or going to places of worship.

"More guns equals more violence," she said, a notion which is "just common sense."

Some of those defending gun rights in Hartford that day, Trainor said, have no faith in police and distrust the government.

"I am so sorry that you have to live with so much fear and mistrust," she said. "It must be exhausting to carry that around."

No right, Trainor said, is more important than the public's right to life. 

Concerned February 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Marty, I'm not sure how you think I will lose if there is a referendum. I do believe we all will lose if our rights are taken away. Also, you seem to have misunderstood my comment. Lestina made statements in Hartford that were heartfelt, and I admire her for that. I do not necessarily agree with what she said, however my issue was simply that she claimed to speak for the majority, and my point was (and still is) that without taking a poll, she doesn't really know what the people want. She only knows what the most vocal people want. These people, understandably, are reacting to a tragedy. Unfortunately, I do think it is a knee jerk reaction. Among other things, I believe the call for a gun registry is a huge mistake. Study up on your history and you will find instances that prove my point. In high school, I had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland and live with a family for several months. In their downstairs closet was a fully automatic machine gun. When I asked about it, I was told that all men between the ages of 18 and 50ish were members of the military, and all had these rifles in their homes. Have you heard about any mass murders in Switzerland? I do believe there is less gun crime when everyone is armed.
Concerned February 04, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Marty, Though he may be more passionate than most, and he may not say what you want to hear, Defender of Freedom does have the right to say what he likes, just as you do. Many men and women have died fighting for that right and many other rights we have here in the United States.
Justin Hurgin February 05, 2013 at 11:22 AM
I suggest Anyone in support of safer gun laws simply state your stance and leave it at that. This article is about voicing your opinion to state legislature, not about arguing with someone that can't do a single thing to help your case. The back and forth is solving nothing except fulfilling a personal need to prove a point and in the case of firearms, most people's views are already set in stone. So I ask once more, please put your efforts toward supporting the cause, not proving the other side wrong.
Thomas Paine February 05, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Justin, Whatever your intentions when you penned this particular piece, it was not "about voicing your opinion to the state legislature" it was about voicing a PARTICULAR opinion. YOU chose to highlight a single perspective in this piece, one where the speaker involved presumptively "speaks" for the "majority" of those in the state. Justin, you chose an agenda piece and now seem to be complaining that you have drawn dozens of comments from people who feel passionately about this issue. Your contribution provided no balance. You filed to mention that turnout among the ~1,5000 citizens at the hearings were at least 10:1 in favor of gun rights, many working man and women who sacrificed a day's work to be there. I was there for nearly 15 hours and I can tell you that Ms. Trainer's views were in the minority of those articulated by citizens. This, when you choose her testimony and offer it without such context, you are pushing an agenda, not "reporting" about giving testimony. You also betray yourself in your comment about "sides" being "set in stone" and your suggestions to go out and support "the cause". Which "cause" would that be Justin? Both gun rights and gun control, or just the latter? My goal here Justin is to try to find those whose views are not cast in stone & attempt to show them that gun bans and magazine limits will not protect our kids. That they have failed in the past & that we need 21sr century solutions, not warmed over ideas from the 1980s.
Thomas Paine February 05, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Apologies, that should read ~1,500 not ~1,5000


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