Connecticut Politicans Inch Closer to War on Gun Owners

By Rob Morse

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Southern California –-(Ammoland.com)- No, I don’t mean some place in the Ukraine.  For some of you who went to public school, Connecticut is in the north-eastern corner of the US, but barely.

I understand your confusion since Connecticut is closer to New York City than to the US.  Let’s see how Connecticut politicians constructed a situation where honest gun owners could get shot by police.  We can also prescribe a peaceful solution.

How did they get themselves into this mess?  There was a huge outcry of public anguish and frustration after a crazy man murdered children at a public school in Connecticut.  The media used that emotional reaction to sell its anti-gun bigotry.  The media falsely claimed that mass murder by honest gun owners was increasing.  Yes, it is bigotry.  Bigotry is blaming the innocent, and a hundred million honest gun owners are innocent.  They don’t shoot school children, but that didn’t stop the media from blaming them.  The media blamed people like me.  Maybe they blamed you.

-Politicians used a public tragedy for political gain.  In an equally crazy reaction, politicians said they would do something, do anything, even if it made us less safe.  They outlawed common firearms.  Connecticut politicians ignored the rights of the voters in doing so.  They also ignored the facts about mass violence.  The reason is simple.

Connecticut politicians put their political careers ahead of public safety.

  • Connecticut gun owners protested as the anti-gun bill went through the legislature, but they were ignored by the Democrat majority.  After the Democrat politicians outlawed common firearms, the citizens returned the favor.  Connecticut gun owners largely ignored the new laws.
  • Politicians exposed their ill will.  Some gun owners registered their guns as dictated.  Others ignored the new regulations.  Those who registered their firearms late were rejected and ordered to sell their firearms out of state or surrender them to police.  That proves gun registration was never the point of the anti-gun legislation.
  • Gun owners asked the state police if they would go door to door and seize firearms.  The police said they would follow orders.  Police spokesmen also questioned the patriotism of Connecticut gun owners.  Wise policemen do not deliberately alienate and frighten honest citizens.  Some Connecticut police are not that smart.
  • Connecticut newspapers called for door-to-door searches and gun confiscation.  That further frightened Connecticut gun owners.  The idea of midnight no-knock raids frightens me too.  It should frighten you.
  • -The gun law was challenged in court, but lower courts refused to enjoin the legislation until the appeal is completed.  This means the legislature and police can trample the rights of Connecticut gun owners for years to come.

In total, legislators, judges and the media showed stunning bigotry and lack of respect for political minorities.  Their bias is as blatant as watching a southern judge during the Jim Crow era.

Where we are today?  Connecticut has an unenforceable law on its books.  So many gun owners refused to follow the law that Connecticut does not have the physical or fiscal means to enforce their law.  The ranks of law enforcement, the number of courts, and the number of prisons would have to grow ten fold.  The costs of court trials and prison incarcerations are enough to bankrupt the state.  There are other costs as well.

How could the situation get worse?  Police have murdered innocent civilians during no-knock raids.  It is a sad fact, but it has happened.  Examples are here 1 and here 2 and a video here 3.  Though the media will try and cover for them, police and politicians will have blood on their hands if they injure civilian gun owners during firearm confiscation.  Police violence will further heighten the fear felt by honest gun owners in Connecticut.  Connecticut gun owners could try to defend themselves if people violently break into their homes.  This could lead to further bloodshed for all concerned.  Police and politicians would then be seen as murderous oppressors rather than defenders of a fair and impartial justice system.

Respect for Connecticut law enforcement and politicians would plummet even further.  Law enforcement officers would lose community support.  Crime and violence would increase.

That is bad.

The police could conduct door to door sweeps with armed and armored personnel carriers rolling down the street as they did after the Boston Marathon bombing.

Yes, Connecticut could become a police state over this politicized issue.

That is worse.

Is forced disarmament necessary?  Going door to door in no-knock midnight raids is foolishly dangerous.  It is also profoundly unnecessary.  Honest gun owners present no danger to the public.  They never did.  If Connecticut gun owners are a threat at all, they threaten the public image of bigoted politicians who now look politically foolish and publicly inept.

How can this situation de-escalate peacefully?  There are lawsuits in place against the Connecticut gun law.  Let the judicial process work to protect the rights of minorities.  Enjoin the law as the case slowly grinds its way through the courts.

The political solution is to lobby the legislators in person, and some online media have posted lists of legislators who supported gun confiscation.  Some politicians view that publicity with alarm.  They are wrong.  You should not be a politician if you don’t want to see the faces of the people affected by your laws.  An isolated and insulated ruling class is a sure way to violence.

Let the courts settle this.

 

About Rob Morse:
By day, Rob Morse works in Southern California as a mild mannered engineer for a defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Gun Rights Magazine, www.gunrightsmagazine.com/contributors/rob-morse/ and writes the SlowFacts blog. www.slowfacts.wordpress.com . He also loves the M1911 and shoots combat handgun on the weekends.

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    Robert Fowler
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    What I believe, after the first shot is fired and the first blood is spilled, all of these politicians and gun haters are going to find their names on a lot of lists. It won’t be pretty either. Joe gun owner just had his house raided. He was not there. A family member was killed in the confusion. Joe the now pissed off gun owner goes to the local politicians house with a Molotov cocktail and lights it up. He proceeds to shoot everyone that runs out. It’s easy for some to say, let’s get it on. But how many… Read more »

    Antonio
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    Antonio

    You know, the reason politicians want gun control, both democrats and republicans is so they can stay in power, while they do things that would upset people like steal, and murder.

    The gun control itself would not cause people to go to “war” let them arrest ct gun owners, the state will go bankrupt.

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    Another, possibly greater danger of all of this is actions directed against the politicians who created these laws. There will be some who will go after the head of the snake, and law enforcement while the fangs is not the head. The head of the snake are the politicians who created this mess. They have friends, neighbors, and families who they have put in danger as a result of all of this. They are incredibly vulnerable forever. Politicians create these laws and problems, then do a dump job on citizens and law enforcement for compliance–all when the politicians are singularly… Read more »

    kenneth kaplan
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    kenneth kaplan

    Connecticut politicans are forceing the police the police at some point to kick doors in for weapons that have not been registered. This will force citizens to defend themselves. as police have shot people in there beds. The courts are useless. at this point the citizens of this country have no one(courts) to protect there rights. What other recourse do the citizens have? Fight for your rights. This country has turned to Nazi Germany. You are nothing but fodder for politians. Sad to say.This may be the start of a new war. Us against our Nazi government.

    MontieR
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    MontieR

    I could NOT disagree more. The (bough and paid for )courts are not to be trusted with justice anymore. They sidestep the constitution just as much as the corruption in DC and all the way down to traffic court.