Parents whose son died hope new Congress OKs gun safety bill

HARTFORD, Conn. — The parents of a Connecticut teenager who accidentally shot himself to death at a friend’s home are hoping the new Democratic-controlled Congress will pass a federal law requiring gun owners to store their firearms in secure containers to prevent children from harming themselves. All seven Connecticut members of Congress — all Democrats — joined Michael and Kristin Song on a video conference call Wednesday as they announced a new push to win federal approval of “Ethan’s Law,” named after their son who died three years ago. The proposal, which the Connecticut Legislature overwhelming approved in 2019, died in congressional committees the same year, when Republicans controlled the U.S. Senate. “The goal of Ethan’s Law is simple,” Kristin Song said. “It’s to create a cultural shift where it becomes second nature for gun owners to secure their weapons when they’re not in their immediate control — the same type of cultural shift that we’ve seen with car seats, with seat belts, with smoke detectors.” She added, “Don’t do it for me. Don’t’ do it for Ethan. Do it for your children. Do it for your grandchildren.” The Songs and the congressional members cited federal data that show eight children every day in the U.S. are killed or injured by guns that are not stored securely. Ethan Song, 15, accidentally shot himself in the head with a handgun owned by his friend’s father in their hometown of Guilford, Connecticut, on Jan. 31, 2018. The friend’s father had kept […]

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