Father of a Sandy Hook victim Mark Mattioli appeared before a gun violence task force in the Connecticut legislature today.
Giving an impassioned speech that led to a standing ovation, Mattioli pleaded that there are currently enough gun laws in existence as is and better enforcement of those laws are needed.
Mattioli also stressed the importance of personal responsibility which has rarely been brought up in the debate.
“How do we expect to have any impact on a society and say, ‘We’re going to pass a law. Hey this is inexcusable. We can’t allow any more of this. Let’s pass a law that will change the course of the future’ when we don’t enforce the laws that we have on the books — the most important laws?,”
“I think there’s much more promise for a solution in identifying, researching and creating solutions along the lines of mental health issues — I think there’s a lot of work that can be done there,” he said. ”I believe the solution may not be as easy to implement as I might hope, but it’s a simple concept. We need civility across our nation.”