By Doug Book, editor
The 16 members of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission have completed their report on the December, 2012 murder of 26 children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. And as might be expected from a hand-picked group of “healthcare professionals, public safety professionals and academics” their recommendations—offered in a 250 page anti-gun rights treatise—will have little to no effect preventing the next lunatic killing at will in one of Connecticut’s widely publicized Gun Free Zones.
“We support the concept of firearm registration,” writes the editorial board of the CT Post, “though that would not have prevented the deaths of 20 first graders and 6 educators in Sandy Hook because the shooter used weapons legally bought and owned by his mother.”
But effective or not, the mandatory registration of every privately owned firearm in Connecticut is to be the necessary starting point for “tougher gun control laws.” Just think how well the law requiring mandatory registration of “assault weapons” has worked in the state. Implemented immediately after the Newtown murders, some 50,000 owners of semi-auto rifles have foolishly registered their weapons in the past 2 years. Yet an estimated 400,000 have refused to make their rifles and rights easy prey for liberal politicians. And by the way, state officials have still not decided whether to enforce, ignore or repeal this unconstitutional statute.
So how has the Governor’s Advisory Commission recommended the state anticipate the hidden agenda of psychopaths like Adam Lanza? “Tougher gun laws, better mental health programming to treat troubled school kids and mandatory locks inside classrooms are, according to the CT Post, among the key recommendations in the final report.” Door locks. Such inspiration! Such vision! Along with Gun Free Zones the State will proudly warn miscreants of Door Locks in the coming year. Certainly that must discourage the most determined mass murderer.
It may be some time before the Commission’s report can be thoroughly appreciated for what it is, but in the interim here are a couple of nuggets which must frighten even the least dedicated believers in the right to keep and bear arms. Along with the mandatory registration of all firearms, the laser imprinting of ammunition for tracing purposes and the restriction of ammo buyers to those calibers chambered for one of their licensed guns, the report includes “some 95 recommendations on mental health, the physical security of schools and most controversially, guns.”
One of the more interesting provisions on mental health states: “Any person seeking a license to sell, purchase or carry any type of firearm in the state should be required to pass a suitability screening process.” The process would not be limited to mental health diagnoses as noted by the panel as, “certain individuals are not suited to own, possess, or use firearms.”
And who will have the privilege of defining “not suited?” First there will be state judges, “…who should be given the power to order temporary confiscations of gun, ammunition and carry permits from a person who is the subject of a restraining order.” Then come family members who may, based upon current “feelings” tell authorities that Uncle Henry is acting strange and that Henry has 10 or 15 rifles, pistols, all kinds of stuff. That will summon police to Henry’s house where, upon the passage of Commission recommendations into law, SWAT team members may be deployed to round up all of Henry’s weapons. Naturally Henry will be given the opportunity to recover them, should he be able to convince anti-gun liberals in the bluest of states that owning a dozen or so firearms is neither illegal nor crazy. Best of luck, Henry.
Perhaps 2 million or more gun owners have proudly and publicly refused to abide by the Safe Act in New York or the “Assault Weapons” registration law in Connecticut. May we expect the political powers in Hartford to learn from the lesson of their “Assault Weapons” boondoggle; that gun owners will not be intimidated by thugs who pass unconstitutional laws?
“We’re balking at taking the next step, which is literally taking guns out of the hands of bad people,” said Commission Chair, Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson. It’s easy for the brave Mayor to talk about taking guns from “bad” people. He won’t wind up looking down the bore of a 30 06 when the gun’s law abiding owner refuses to let it be stolen in the middle of the night by one of Mayor Jackson’s officers.
And these are not “bad” people, Mr. Mayor. They just have very bad laws enacted by arrogant, liberal politicians.
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