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Connecticut passes historic, yet pointless gun bill

Colt M4 / AR-15
Colt M4 / AR-15. Photo credit www.impactguns.com

The Connecticut General Assembly passed what may be the toughest state gun law to date in a marathon session that lasted all day Wednesday and didn’t end until the wee hours of Thursday. And just like the ones that came before it — in New York and Colorado — it will do nothing to curb gun violence.

The Senate passed the bill by a 26 to 10 vote Wednesday evening after six hours of respectful debate, according to the Register-Citizen. The ball was then handed off to the House, which approved it in the early morning hours. The tally was 105-44.

“Nobody will be able to say that this bill is absolutely perfect, but no one will also be able to say that this bill fails the test when it comes to being the strongest in the country and the most comprehensive bill in the country,” said Connecticut Senate President Don Williams, a Democrat according to CNN.

But being “the strongest in the country” doesn’t necessarily equate to it being effective, the bill’s critics point out.

“There is nothing in this package that would have stopped someone like Adam Lanza,” said Scott Wilson, referring to shooter in the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn. Wilson, who spoke to CNN, is the president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League.

“In his case, he stole the guns and went on a murderous rampage.

“Limiting magazine capacity or mandating registration will only affect law-abiding persons, not criminals bent on murder,” Wilson added.

House Minority Leader Larry Cafero is a member of the task force that hammered together the legislation. He disagrees with Wilson and other critics.

“No gun owner will lose their gun, no gun owner will lose their magazine, they will not lose the use of said gun or magazine, so long as they follow our rules and register,” he said. “Are there tighter restrictions on their use, etc.? Absolutely. We also were able to see as part of this legislation the repeal of early release for violent criminals.”

Opponents to gun registration point to registration programs in countries such as Canada and contend that ii’s but one step away from confiscation.

The bill includes an assault weapon ban, which it defines as any weapon having any one of a number of stated cosmetic characteristics. It also bans magazines having capacities over 10 rounds. It allows current owners of larger capacity magazines to retain them if they register them and agree to never load more than 10 rounds. in them.

“It is ludicrous to expect people that have firearms capable of holding 15 rounds to only load 10 rounds inside of them,” Wilson objected. “Do criminals really care about these laws?”

Apart from the fact that the Connecticut gun legislation lacks any provision that would have actually stopped instances of gun violence such as Sandy Hook, there’s also an economic factor to the bill. Colt’s Manufacturing Co. is the Country’s oldest gunmaker and has already threatened tp leave the state for green pastures.

Connecticut is also the home to many other old and respected arms companies, most notably Ruger, Martin and Mossberg.

“It’s important for us to act quickly, but it’s more important for us to act intelligently,” House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said.

Maybe they haven’t acted intelligently enough.

Almost the exact same scenario took place in Maryland, which passed similar draconian legislation during a 12-hour session over the course of two days. Maryland’s House of Delegates passed their own gun control measures by a 78-61 vote.

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