A recent study has found that Connecticut is now one of the safest states in the country. This is major news due to the fact that one of the largest mass shootings, the Newtown School Massacre, occurred in the state of Connecticut roughly four years ago. This national study found that Connecticut was within the top four safest states in the United States. This is great news for the people of Connecticut. The only states that ranked higher than Connecticut in the study were New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Massachusetts, which ranked as the safest state.
Late in 2012, on December 14, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot and killed 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary. Lanza also murdered his mother, Nancy, at their home in Newtown. Lanza used his deceased mother's car to get to the school. The reason why Adam Lanza chose to attack Sandy Hook Elementary is unknown. The shooter, Lanza, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head as soon as first responders arrived on the scene. This was the deadliest mass shooting in any school in the United States.
This report found that states that had passed laws banning assault rifles had significantly fewer gun related deaths. In the cases of gun related deaths and other violence in the state of Connecticut that did occur, statistics found that the gun was usually bought in a different state. It has been determined that the state of Connecticut has the second toughest laws pertaining to guns and weapons in the country. The Governor of Connecticut stated that the reason for the sudden drop in gun violence after the shooting at Sandy Hook was most likely due to the tougher gun laws passed soon after the event. While Connecticut was recently found as one of the safest states in the country, Louisiana, Alaska, and Mississippi were also found as the most dangerous states with the most gun violence.
I am glad to see the state of Connecticut recover so quickly from such a terrible event. I hope to see the state continue its progress. I think that what Adam Lanza did is one of the worst possible things that anyone can possibly do, and I hope that we see fewer and fewer of these incidents every year. I would like to see other areas that have recently had major gun violence issues, such as Chicago, Illinois or Ferguson, Missouri, to also see improvements with this issue. I think that we might have to improve laws to help fix this problem, but I believe that it would be necessary.