Short of systematically limiting guns to homes and hunters, does any of this chatter about gun control in the Connecticut General Assembly have any relevance? Tough on guns, tough on ammo, tough on access to weapons? Does it really matter? Is it just a bunch of talk and no action? Are we so far gone we cannot reverse course locally and nationally?
Ken Dixon of the CT Post writes:
A “Guns 101″ demonstration in the state’s public safety headquarters in Middletown this week paved the way for an eventual bipartisan agreement on further gun controls.
Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers who attended the event said Thursday they learned a lot about the nuances of assault-style weapons similar to the rifle Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and 6 adults last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. said his knowledge of weaponry was minimal before the police tutorial, but he was left with the feeling that public safety could be enhanced if owners of rifles with external magazines of bullets were required to have permits similar to those with handguns.
“The first step in analyzing any issue has to be education,” said Cafero, R-Norwalk. “There are so many of us who are ignorant as to the mechanics of guns and the details of our current laws on guns that this really shed a lot of light on the process we have before us.”
Legislators talk about informational, educational, transformational, froth-at-the-mouth sensational. Short of saying you can have a weapon of defense in your home, you can have a weapon to live off the land, is it all just a bunch of crap?