Those right-wing gun nuts are at it again. They’re storming gun stores, buying firearms and ammo, and it’s likely contributing to the national ammo shortage that is leaving our nation’s police forces defenseless.
But these gun nuts aren’t from the South. They’re from Connecticut. And what has brought on this gun and ammo buying frenzy? Legislation that’s being voted on today by their state legislature. If passed, Governor Dan Malloy will sign it.
The proposed bill will expand the assault weapons ban, require immediate background checks on all gun sales, ban magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds and mandate the registration of all “legal” magazines as well as existing magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Fox News expounds on the law:
“The package also creates what lawmakers said is the nation’s first statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, creates a new “ammunition eligibility certificate,” imposes immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales, and extends the state’s assault weapons ban to 100 new types of firearms and requires that a weapon have only one of several features in order to be banned. The newly banned weapons could no longer be bought or sold in Connecticut, and those legally owned already would have to be registered with the state, just like the high-capacity magazines.”
With proposed legislation like this, it’s no wonder that so many Connecticut residents want to rush to the gun and ammo store to buy all they can before their state turns them into criminals. It’s not the “gun nuts’” fault that there’s an ammo shortage. It’s the politicians’ fault for thinking that the only way for people to be safe is if law-abiding residents are left defenseless.
The Mayor of Hartford, being a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, backs the proposed law, saying that it’s “practical legislation that reduces the amount of damage that could be done in our communities.”
But what if a criminal bent on murdering as many people as possible bought 5 “legal” magazines and went through the trouble of getting them registered and had the legally mandated background check? If he had no criminal history, he would pass the background check and be allowed to have the magazines. When he started his rampage, he could easily change out his magazines when he ran out of bullets. If he’s a skilled shooter, potentially 50 people could end up dead.
And that’s only if he went through the trouble of abiding by the law. It might be easier for him to just smuggle in some “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines from another state.
So, the law would not have prevented the Newtown massacre. All it will do is place more and more invasive restrictions on law-abiding citizens.