The killings of 12 movie-goers and the wounding of 58 others in Colorado were among the first issues in a debate between the two Connecticut Democrats seeking their party's nomination for U.S. Senate.
The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reported that U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said Sunday they back gun control legislation in response to the Friday shootings and two recent homicides in Bridgeport.
Bysiewiczsaid states with tough gun control laws have fewer deaths.
Murphy said he has spent his career in the state legislature and Congress supporting what he called sensible gun control legislation.
The two candidates are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Joe Lieberman.
The debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, Cablevision and Hearst Media Services.
Jake Sorgen, WAMC News
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