State Rep. Daniel Rovero's complicated views on guns were shaped by a pair of intensely emotional experiences that unfolded decades ago.
One occurred when Rovero was a member of his town's volunteer ambulance corps in the 1970s. He was dispatched to a call involving a 13-year-old boy who had been shot while playing with a handgun at a friend's house. The teen died at the hospital.
Rovero also is haunted by another chilling episode from that same period, one that offers a counter-narrative to the dangers of guns. He was home with his teenage daughter when an intruder broke in. A longtime gun owner, Rovero recalled grabbing his pistol and firing a warning shot. The man fled, but was later arrested and identified by police as a serial rapist.