The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The United State Supreme Court has upheld the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm such as self-defense within the home. We’re hearing a lot about–and much more to come–what’s “reasonable” gun control to protect society from whack jobs and snap jobs. How does anyone know when someone will snap?
Last week Mayor Bill Finch, who has spoken loud and often about gun control from the start of his political career more than 20 years ago, joined mayors and first selectman from across the state to announce in Hartford the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities’ 13-point agenda for state legislative action in the current session of the General Assembly.
The agenda includes:
· Limiting the capacity of rifle and handgun magazines to no more than 10 bullets.
· Requiring a rifle permit for those purchasing any long gun such as a hunting rifle.
· Requiring a firearm permit in order to purchase ammunition.
· Prohibiting individuals from buying more than one gun in a 30 day period.
· Requiring trigger locks to be provided with each fire arm sale.
· Outlawing the possession and purchasing of body armor.
Connecticut already features some of the toughest gun laws in the country, but Finch adds maximizing safety requires help from Washington. Finch stated as well that “President Obama has brought forward common sense actions that will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals and will make our cities, communities and schools safer. As a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, I have urged our leadership in Washington and Hartford to work hard to fight for tougher background checks and close the loopholes that exist … and ensuring that what happened in Sandy Hook will not happen again.”
So what’s reasonable? The points made by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities? The blowback by the National Rifle Association? Will Obama really be able to shepherd his proposals through Congress? The president says it cannot happen without the will of the American people weighing in. Will they?