Constitution State Republicans are jockeying for position ahead of Connecticut’s gubernatorial election. As tens of thousands of previously law-abiding – now felonious – gun owners are up in arms, gun control is something of a headline issue. At a debate on Sunday (covered by our friends at courant.com), State Senate Republican Leader John McKinney defended his 2013 decision to support a package of civilian disarmament laws that included a ban on the sale of standard capacity ammunition magazines and modern sporting rifle sales, and mandatory registration of same for current owners (a.k.a., An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety) . . .
“It was my obligation to represent that town and I don’t regret what happened,” said McKinney [using a rather unfortunate turn of phrase]. Defending his leadership in passing the bill, McKinney said that the question was not whether Democrats and Gov. Malloy passed a gun control bill, but instead, “what bill they were going to pass.”
“That’s a fact. They had the votes,” said McKinney, who pointed to compromises in the bill. “They wanted to confiscate guns and magazines – they didn’t get that.”
Oh really? So registration isn’t a precursor to confiscation? Equally, that’s what passes for Republican support for gun rights in Connecticut? Allow some infringement on residents’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep arms to prevent its total obliteration? Pass. Next?
[State Senator Toni] Boucher agreed with McKinney about the gun control bill and said Democrats “wanted to go much further than this bill.”
[Danbury Mayor Mark] Boughton signaled that he would not have signed the bill, saying the legislature spent too much time focusing on firearms regulations and in doing so ignored a “mental health crisis.” The mental health changes and the funding for schools security reforms were nowhere close to enough, he said. But Boughton stopped short of explicit criticism to the changes made to the state’s gun laws, which included tightening a ban on assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.
[Former congressional candidate Joe] Visconti was quick to criticize the new law and said he has “carried a gun for 30 years…I never would have signed the law.” He said if he had been at Sandy Hook Elementary School, “the outcome would have been much different.”
Later in the debate he said he would not give more money to the state police until they stopped “confiscating guns.”
While I’m glad Joe would have defended Sandy Hook Elementary students with his life, I don’t think a threat to defund the cops SWATting Connecticut gun owners is going to do much to protect them from confiscation.
Hang on. The confiscation hasn’t happened yet. Visconti is talking as if it has. As if it’s inevitable. With Republicans scurrying for cover on gun rights, again, still, perhaps it is. Oh dear.