Connecticut had gun control laws before the Newtown tragedy, but one wouldn’t guess that with the fanfare the state’s latest ‘bipartisan’ gun control package has been rolled out.
The state that was the site of the horrific Sandy Hook elementary school shooting has rolled out universal background checks, a new assault weapons ban to include 100 more firearms, a ban on ‘high-capacity’ magazines, and novel ‘ammunition eligibility certificates’ (as if critics of gun control didn’t need enough illustrations that limited gun bans and registries are ‘just the beginning‘).
That doesn’t mean that irresponsible or dangerous people should be given permission to carry deadly weapons; and measures to keep guns out of the hands of mentally unstable people and criminals appear to be reasonable. The full list of proposals comes via The AP.
—Ban sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines;
—Background checks for private gun sales;
—New registry for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets;
—Statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, which lawmakers said is the nation’s first;
—Immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales;
—Expansion of Connecticut’s assault weapons ban;
—Safety training and other requirements to buy any rifle, shotgun or ammunition;
—Increases minimum age eligibility for purchase of some semi-automatic rifles to 21;
— Expands requirements for safe storage of firearms;
— Increases penalties for firearms trafficking and illegal possession offenses.
—Creates statewide council to develop safety standards for school buildings;
—Requires each school to write safety plans;
—Requires state to maintain registry of school security consultants working in Connecticut;
—Requires all colleges and universities to submit safety plans to the state.
—Bans people who voluntarily commit themselves to a hospital from getting gun permits or eligibility certificates within six months of their release;
— Bans people involuntarily committed to a hospital within the past 60 months from possessing a firearm or receiving a permit or eligibility certificate;
—Expands training to teach people to recognize signs of mental illness in young people and get them help;
—Creates group to study state’s mental health care system;
—Requires that requests for insurers to cover certain mental health services be considered urgent and shortens the review time for them from 72 to 24 hours.
(Source: State task force on gun violence prevention and children’s safety.)
It is important to note that intending to halt crime through legislation does not always have the intended effect. Obviously, Sandy Hook was a gun-free zone, and that didn’t stop psychopath Adam Lanza. Evil people don’t need ‘ammunition registration certificates’ to get their hands on bullets or high-capacity magazines.
According to the Connecticut newspaper Hartford Courant, Newtown shooter Adam Lanza “changed magazines frequently as he fired his way through the first-grade classrooms of Lauren Rousseau and Victoria Soto, sometimes shooting as few as 15 shots from a 30-round magazine, sources said.” Since the victims were disarmed, the capacity of the magazines didn’t enter into it.
Congressional lawmakers in Washington are slated to consider a package of gun control proposals this month. Universal background checks and a hobbled assault weapons ban are among the bills. A recent CBS News poll showed that 47% of Americans believed the nation needed stronger gun laws, which is a 10-point drop since December.
While the political left has seized on the immediacy of heinous crimes to push gun control bills, the U.S. government was designed for reasoned deliberation with an explicit purpose: manipulative politicians who want to impose measures contrary to the interest of sovereign citizens are intentionally obstructed.