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Three Years After Sandy Hook: More Guns, Fewer Restrictions


Armed protesters were in the Idaho Statehouse during a February 2013 rally. - PHOTO BY CARISSA WOLF
  • photo by Carissa Wolf
  • Armed protesters were in the Idaho Statehouse during a February 2013 rally.

The words "Sandy Hook" invoke every parent's nightmare: A gunman shot and killed 20 children and six adults on Dec. 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.

The tragedy was one of the worst mass-shootings in America, though far from the last. According to, 49,635 incidents of gun violence in the U.S. this year have killed or injured 659 children under the age of 11 and 2,487 American teens.

Still, ABC News reports, in the three years since Sandy Hook, dozens of new state laws "have made it easier to obtain guns and carry them in more public places and made it harder for local governments to enact restrictions." Additionally, the Associated Press reports "the number of guns manufactured and sold and the number of permits to carry concealed weapons have also increased."

The coming year promises to bring a renewed effort from the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance to further-loosen gun restrictions in the Gem State. The organization says it will take its fight to the Idaho Statehouse once the Idaho Legislature gavels into its 2016 session. ID2AA wants Idaho to become what it calls a "constitutional carry" state, meaning permits would not be required to carry a firearm in Idaho.

"Nobody has the right to tell a citizen when they can or can't defend themselves," ID2AA president Greg Pruett told Boise Weekly in September. "Years ago, I thought this would have been an open-and-shut issue in Idaho. That was a little naive. But now it's all about getting our legislators to understand how important an issue this is."