“It just does something to me to know that those were guns that were used to kill people,” Henrietta Beckman told courant.com, standing in front of artist Michael Kalish’s “anti-violence” sculpture. “Those are guns that won’t be used ever again.” Well she got it half right. The chances that any of the “buyback” firearms assembled to create the artwork were used in a homicide are lower than the morals of the anti-gun pols gathered at the unveiling. And if they were, that just shows the stupidity of the “no questions asked” collection process, which destroys potential evidence of criminality. But you can understand her confusion . . .
Ms. Beckman, whose son was shot and killed in 2002, is a “vocal anti-gun-violence activist” and member of Mothers United Against Violence. For whom all, all guns are evil death dealers. The idea that some of the broken-ass firearms that went into the sculpture were used for hunting or self-defense or defense against government tyranny is an anathema.
There was plenty of that kind of “thinking” on display at the event, which included Connecticut Governor Dannel Molloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. John Larson. Yup, the gun-grabbing gang was all there, spouting the usual anti-ballistic B.S.
“Maybe a beautiful piece of art won’t be the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” Murphy said, referring to the need for stronger anti-gun legislation. “But gatherings like this — where we re-commit ourselves to the idea that through any means possible, political action, civic action or cultural action that we will get this done — gets us a little closer to that day when the streets of Hartford are truly as safe as they can be.”
By depriving Americans of their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Gotcha.
Of course, a more careful reading of the Constitution State Senator’s comments – pining for the day when the streets of Hartford “are truly as safe as they can be” – leaves me wondering: how safe can the streets of Hartford be if residents are denied their gun rights? Not so safe now (23 murders per 100k population). And a lot less safe later.
Murphy pledges to pursue this agenda by “any means possible?” How great is that? But you expect that from a statist. What really gets me going is this comment from the artist: “I hope it starts a conversation.” That’s anti-gun agitprop speak for “encourages a push for civilian disarmament.”
OK then, let’s start that conversation with this: Do you want to live in a society where only the police are armed? Sorry. I know. They’ll say yes. Liars. Every one of them. Let’s see how this line of thinking goes down at the sculpture’s next stop, in Detroit, where residents are taking up arms in their own defense.