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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Gun Control Strategies Taking Shape

By Ana Radelat

Washington—The outlines of the strategies both sides will use in the expected bitter fight over gun control are beginning to take shape, with advocates looking to act quickly on a broad package of reforms, and opponents hoping to stall the battle until memories of the Newtown shootings dim.

A White House panel, headed by Vice President Joe Biden, is expected to come out with a wide range of recommendations that could include reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, universal background checks for buyers of firearms and tougher penalties for carrying guns in schools.

Those measures would require congressional approval. According to an administration source, the White House is also considering using its executive authority to track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database and strengthen mental health checks for gun buyers.

A formal rollout of the Biden group’s recommendations is expected later this month.

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Ban high capacity mags; I don’t care.  Background check everyone; everyone and I mean everyone should go through a background check to purchase a firearm.

Now when it comes to “tougher penalties for carrying guns in schools” I don’t understand this.  I can’t imagine why I would ever want to carry a firearm in a school.  I have a permit to carry a handgun (I guess I have now “exposed” myself if the media ever wanted to know and I do own handguns) though I rarely carry one. If you are either crazy or a criminal I don’t think you care what the law is.  I’m only 38 years old so I may be a bit young on this subject…  Previous to the killing of President Kennedy people could buy guns through the mail (totally stupid and dangerous).  It amazes me how little people know what it means to get a handgun permit in CT.  The media would make you think that anyone can just show up at a gun store and buy a handgun.  I’ve gone through a full firearms training course, a full FBI background check, been fingerprinted, met with police detectives, had to wait 3 months get a “local” (they’ve eliminated this I think it’s now a temporary State) permit, go to the CT State Police and then get a State permit.  I’m pretty sure criminals and insane people don’t go through all this. 

Here is the question I have.  I’m being philosophical here since I have never and I mean NEVER carried a gun on the grounds of a Westport school.

I was an advisor to a Staples HS club for several years.  I’ve been in both middle schools doing programs.  I don’t believe I’ve done any programs in the elementary schools.  For 5 years I brought Westport kids into 3rd world countries to do construction work and understand their culture.  I’ve trained thousands of Westport kids to save people’s lives through my job. 

If a demented/psychopathic person were to come into the school which your child were in would you rather be that I was carrying my cellphone or my gun?  My phone is always on me but I rarely carry a gun.  With my phone you can be 100% guaranteed I’ll call for help but with my gun I may actually (not guaranteed) help keep more people alive.

Posted by John Harder on January 08, 2013 at 04:35 AM | #

“The White House is also considering using its executive authority to track the movement and sale of weapons…” for some reason this plan sounds familiar.

John, your logic will of:  if I have a fire extinguisher; I can put out the fire, will of course be met with foolish responses.

However, once again I maintain that if Mr. McCarthy or his son had a weapon with them on the LIRR that night, the reign of terror by Colin Ferguson would have stopped sooner.  There are plenty of stories that depict how an armed person has saved himself, or their family, or others.  Why doesn’t the press publish these?

Counter argument:  Yes, but if Colin had no gun this would not have happened.  True.  Nevertheless, there are millions of guns in the US.  There are more guns in this country than people.  This argument is unrealistic, illogical, and ridiculous.  It is like saying if everyone in the world would just be nice….yes, although it may be true, it is not reality in our world.

So, what has the issue turned into since Newtown?  It started about making schools safer.  Now somehow it has turned into an attack on law-abiding citizens’ right to own guns.  How did that happen?  Because it was the perfect storm for the anti-gun control mongers to take hold of, and run with.  Unfortunately, as usual they are hiding under cover of a heart-wrenching incident like Newtown to do it.  It is disgusting.  Moreover, people who truly believe change can happen are being used as pawns by this movement

There is no doubt that everyone wants safer schools.  To desire otherwise would be irresponsible.  OK; then lock them down.  Why has this not happened?  It is an easy and immediate fix that can start yesterday.  We need to ask what the real agenda is.

Posted by Rick Spoon on January 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM | #

And once again the law abiding gun owners are criminalized. Funny, but we seem to be the ones paying attention to the myriad of laws, yet we’re painted as the bad guys.

Posted by bob lasprogato on January 08, 2013 at 07:24 PM | #

I’m watching the RTM meeting online and it’s amazing how little knowledge people have regarding gun laws.

Rep. Steinberg’s read statement several times discusses “carry” a gun.  You don’t have a “right” to carry a gun in CT it’s a privledge.  You in theory have a right to “keep and bear arms” on your own property.  Other people have commented on children finding guns in friends parents nightstands.  CT has a storage law.  It’s illegal to allow access to any firearm for a minor.

People keep talking about being at dinner parties and deciding that they “need to do something”.  This resolution sounds more like a project for people who need something to do.

Posted by John Harder on January 09, 2013 at 03:31 AM | #

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