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Author Of Connecticut's "Red Flag" Law Discusses Latest Colorado, Georgia Shootings

Mike Lawlor
University of New Haven

Mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia in recent days are once again spurring calls for new gun control measures. U.S. Senate Democrats say they are pushing toward a vote this week, and President Joe Biden said Tuesday “we have to act,” urging Congress to close loopholes in the background check system.

The man who wrote Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation “red flag” gun law in 1999 says such measures work to prevent gun violence.

Mike Lawlor, now a criminal justice professor at the University of New Haven, is a former longtime Democratic member of the Connecticut House. He also served in the Malloy administration, working on criminal justice policy. He spoke with WAMC Wednesday.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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