By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Connecticut isn't generally known for its gunfighters. But in our modern society the intersection of economic necessity and bad neighborhoods creates them.
Connecticut is not particularly Second Amendment friendly. The State Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms, but the Connecticut government has enacted a slew of laws that burden gun ownership and defensive carry. They do not recognize any out of state permits. A license is required to buy a gun or to carry one. But if you jump through the bureaucratic hoops, it can be done. Those who need or want guns can get them. There is no evidence that these bureaucratic burdens have had any effect on the crime rate. Mohammed Yasir obtained his gun legally, as did the passerby outside his store.
They used them legally as well.
Mohammed Yasir, the owner of the Bridgeport Mini-Mart is no stranger to gunfights. This was his third gunfight with armed robbers. This time a bullet from his pistol went into the ceiling, and a passerby outside the store also engaged the robbery crew. No one appears to have been hit. On two previous occasions, Mohammed shot his assailants. The latest gunfight happened on April 20th, 2016. From abc7ny.com:
A bullet hole was left in the ceiling from the shot Yasir fired.
A resident carrying a licensed firearm confronted the suspects outside. They exchanged fire, shattering the store's window.
“It's crazy. It's my first time ever witnessing this!”, said eyewitness Ayana Junes.
Junes says she was heading to the store when she saw the suspects fleeing.
“They were running right down there and then I saw a guy running over here and he had a gun in his hand and I heard pow pow and then I ran back home,” she said.
It happened on Beechmont Avenue just before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Yasir is no stranger to violence, robbed 8 times in 25 years.
The last time he was held up was just four weeks ago.
“I know they came to rob me, they came to shoot me or whatever but always you for to protect yourself. I got family to feed,” Yasir said.
It is worth noting that Yasir has been robbed 8 times in 25 years. What is amazing is that he never ended up in the hospital.
There is a pattern here. The demand for guns is fairly inflexible. People see them as important enough and desirable enough that they will jump through a lot of hoops to obtain them legally. Australia has some of the most rigid and silly bureaucratic requirements to purchase firearms that exist. For example, after you go through all their purchase requirements, you have to wait 28 days to pick up your firearm. Then, when you purchase the next firearm, you have to wait all over again.
But Australians have been willing to put in all the time, expense, and energy required to go through those hoops. The number of guns and gun owners is now higher than it was when the silly bureaucracy was put in place 20 years ago.
All the additional regulations do not reduce crime, they just make the gun culture realize that the legislators who set up the system are ignorant and foolish. Such laws could never be passed without the assistance of an agenda driven media.
©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.
About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.