Posted on March 1, 2018 by admin
As state legislators, we are often charged by our constituents to put politics aside and work across party lines to find solutions. I can think of no goal worthier of such cooperation than securing the safety of our schools.
This past week, I was saddened by the reaction of our Governor and the state’s federal delegation to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Governor Malloy even stated that lawmakers who refuse to enact stricter gun control laws “have blood on their hands.” Other Democrat elected officials (and many press outlets across) the country have engaged in similar rhetoric for the sole aim of painting their political opponents as somehow responsible for the heinous crimes of a troubled young man.
This is an absurd position since no one, certainly not members of any political party, or even the NRA has any culpability in this or any similar crime or tragedy.
Additional restrictions on law abiding firearm owners will not prevent similar future acts of violence nor make us any safer. The truth is that lawfully possessed firearms in the hands of “good guys” (for lack of a better term) are a very effective deterrent to crime and terrorism.
Ever since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, I have advocated for constructive and non-partisan solutions to reduce the potential for similar events. Connecticut reacted after that terrible act by passing the strictest gun control laws in the country, including bans on assault rifles, restrictions on magazine capacity, and universal background checks. Irrespective of any other value those policies may have, none of those things have made us even the least bit safer.
We need to look in other places so I offer this list of recommendations to address the issue of protecting our school students and their teachers from the threat of violence.
Common sense dictates that prevention should be paramount in cases of public safety. My proposals are focused in this area.
It’s understandable why it’s standard in political spin to blame certain types of firearms when tragedies occur – it’s easy. However, it makes no sense to shift the blame for a person’s criminal behavior on to an object or worse, a group of people that are not involved whatsoever.
I call upon Governor Malloy and others who continue to push for more bans on guns, even after enacting the most far-reaching gun control in the whole country just a few years ago, to stop playing politics and instead work constructively to minimize the potential for further tragedies.
There are countless factors behind such events, and I am realistic enough to know that we may never be able to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future. However, we can see that the constant and repeated attacks on the rights of law abiding gun owners have little to no effect. Some of these recommendations are already being utilized to varying degrees in our state and across the country. My hope is that this is the direction we take, along with the vigorous prosecution of existing laws for the illegal use and possession of firearms. By concentrating on prevention and intervention, we can make a difference.
Conservative Caucus Chairman