Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has filed a Memorandum of Law asking the U.S. District Court to dismiss legal action against Bill 1160: “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety.” The memo argues that “the challenged Act does not implicate or burden Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights, does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and is not unconstitutionally vague in violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.” The opening paragraph is a thinly veiled tissue of lies . . .
Deaths and injuries caused by firearms in the United States each year are epidemic.
There are over 31,000 firearm-related deaths and 75,000 firearm-related injuries annually, and in many instances the victim is an innocent child. Military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines substantially contribute to these numbers, and have been a menace to public safety and law enforcement from the moment they became prevalent in the civilian gun market over thirty years ago. Since that time they have been disproportionately used in gun crime relative to their presence in the civilian gun market, and, in particular, in the most serious types of crime.
They also are exceedingly destructive and dangerous instruments that cause substantially more injuries, and more serious injuries, than other conventional kinds of weaponry. And they are not necessary, or arguably even suitable, for legitimate self defense.
How can anyone in good conscience write such patently false drivel? The rest of the memorandum isn’t quite as bald-faced as the opening salvo. In fact, the document is a fascinating look at how the antis ante-up when their civilian disarmament laws are subjected to Constitutional review. Fascinating and long. So long and so wrong, in fact, that I don’t have the Bruce Krafftian stamina to deconstruct all of its often clever obfuscations, lies and misdirections.
So I’m turning to you, our Armed Intelligentsia, to take this attack on our firearms freedom to pieces, piece by piece. Please click on the link above, find a section that you find particularly odious, paste the text into a comment and let loose the dogs of war. (Just one section.) Expose the Governor’s fallacies with logic, passion and relevant information.
This will be TTAG’s first “crowd-sourced critique.” If successful, it will represent the birth a semi-wikipedia-esque method with which this website and its readers can defend Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected (in theory) right to keep and bear arms. If not, it’s still worth a try. United we stand. Divided we blog and comment. Which seems to work just fine, as well. Thank you, in advance, for your help with this experiment.