Blumenthal calls for background checks to buy ammo

by  |  published on January 10, 2013

Another senseless shooting is giving gun control supporters another example to point to as they make their case in their quest for gun law changes on a national level. But with the recent shooting in Norwich, mental health is also being called into question.

Norwich officers were called to the Cedar Glen Apartments on Cedar Road about 2:45 p.m. after a man who was armed expressed suicidal thoughts to dispatchers. When officers tried to talk to Jason Razzino, 30, he fired several shots and hit Jonathan Ley, a 14-year veteran, four times.

Following the shooting of Ley, an 11-hour standoff began and in the end, Razzino was found dead in his bathtub from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

However, there were warning signs, according to officials. Razzino posted a series of disturbing messages on Facebook leading up to his suicide.

On Dec. 21, Razzino wrote “Ready to just off something.” On Dec. 25, he posted the message, “I can honestly say this was the worst xmas ever … Happiness seems 2 b an illusion at this point.”

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he wants legislation that would require instant background checks for the sale of gun ammunition. He is expected to take up the proposal once Congress reconvenes.

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