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Two weeks ago, we noted that the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, assembled two years ago by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, had provided a handy reminder that the purpose of registration is confiscation. They made this clear by recommending a re-write of the state's "assault weapon" ban, that is not only dramatically more expansive (than the already-sweeping ban that became law in 2013), but also lacks any mention of a "grandfather clause." In other words, everyone who obediently registered their "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazines, as per the new law, had provided the state with a map telling the gun confiscation raiding parties just where to go.
Meanwhile, as I noted in my St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner column, Connecticut State Representative Craig Miner (R), whom the New York Times describes as a "fierce gun rights advocate," introduced a bill that would offer owners of the politically incorrect firearms and magazines, and who had not registered them (and there appear to be scores of thousands of those, if not hundreds of thousands) a "second chance" to register their contraband--just after the commission had recommended a new ban that would not make an exception for previously owned and registered firearms. Talk about bad timing, especially for a "fierce gun rights advocate."
And now we find that the commission was far from done compiling their wishlist of new infringements on that which shall not be infringed. On Monday, the commission met for the last time prior to the release of their final report--expected to be about 100 pages long. 100 pages would be enough room to just about regulate legal firearm ownership right out of existence, and they seem not to have wasted much of that space.
It should be noted that not all of the hundred-or-so pages will be dedicated to new gun laws. Some of the recommendations have already been put in place since the formation of the commission. There will also be a dedication to the victims of the Sandy Hook butchery, and other victims of "gun violence" statewide--but specifically not Nancy Lanza--the killer's first victim on that terrible day. Some victims are "less equal" than others, apparently, when the ideological agenda requires a victim to be blamed.
Another section of the "report" will be devoted to a description of the atrocity at Sandy Hook, and it will purposely be very graphic, because the commission members want readers to be "upset and angry," with the thinking being that this will be "necessary for their gun recommendations." Clearly someone has read the "gun control playbook" first reported by Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman, whereby exploitative appeals to emotion and hysteria are to trump facts and logic.
Among the new gun laws recommended would be a "gun violence restraining order," modeled on a combination of such a law in California, and the one already passed in Connecticut. "Universal background checks" (of course--no gun ban zealot wishlist is complete without that--but apparently with no mention of how to beef up such laws to close the "murder your mother who had already passed the background checks, and steal her guns, loophole").
There's more, but for now, let's focus on one particular provision--registration of every gun. Actually, that's annual registration, which is to be accompanied every time with a test of "firearms handling capacity" and knowledge of gun laws.
Now wait a second. Right after proving that the real intent behind requiring registration of "assault weapons" was to facilitate their confiscation, they demand registration of every other gun, as well? The commission members clearly have no more respect for gun owners' intelligence than they do for their rights.
A former paratrooper, Kurt Hofmann was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002. The helplessness inherent to confinement to a wheelchair prompted him to explore armed self-defense, only to discover that Illinois denies that right, inspiring him to become active in gun rights advocacy. He also writes the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner column. Kurt Hofmann Archive.