Connecticut Civilian Disarmament Hearings: Kabuki Theater?

State Senator Beth Bye surfing Facebook at civilian disarmament hearings (courtesy i.umgur.com)

I watched a couple of hours of last night’s public hearings on civilian disarmament at the Connecticut state house. Needless to say, the morning after mainstream media is focusing its attention on the comments by parents of children slain in the Sandy Hook slaughter. The courant.com leads with the pro-gun control testimony of Veronique Pozner, mother of Noah Pozner, gunned down by Adam Lanza. ”This is not about the right to bear arms. It is about the right to bear weapons with the capacity of mass destruction . . . The time is now. Let the state of Connecticut become an agent for change.” Or not . . .

“I believe in simple [and] few gun laws,” Mark Mattioli, whose son James was also murdered by Lanza. “I think we have more than enough on the books. We should hold people individually accountable for their actions and we should enforce laws appropriately. And I would say we’re not currently enforcing them appropriately.”

By the tenth para, courant.com is ready to mention the fact that “Also opposing gun restrictions were the vast majority of people who testified.” And how. Passionately. Personally. And persuasively.

Provided one was listening. A list which doesn’t include Connecticut State Senator Beth Bye, gun control advocate. Check out this Tweet sent during the hearings.

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Senator Bye pulled the Tweet after it achieved Internet notoriety. A quick scan of the remaining Tweets reveals that Bye didn’t miss an opportunity to diss gun rights advocates who stepped-up to the microphone to give her the news that the Newtown tragedy doesn’t justify restricting law-abiding citizens’ Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.

For example, one of the speakers referred to coyotes coming into the classroom as a kind of joke, after sharing his heartfelt concerns about the safety of children in school. Bye was all over it.

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Bye’s obvious and condescending bias against the right to keep and bear arms begs the question: does any of this really matter? I reckon the Constitution State’s reps are about to enact feel-good legislation that tramples all over the Second Amendment. And then some.