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Gun Hearing Shaping Up to Be Showdown

Organizations and individuals on both sides of the gun control debate are rallying to have their voices heard at a public hearing in Hartford on potential gun law changes in the wake of the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown.

 

Connecticut's gun control debate is about to kick into high gear.

Groups on both sides of the issue are rallying their supporters to travel to the state capitol today for a public hearing of the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety. The hearing, the first of the task force's gun control subcommittee, starts at 10 a.m.

The task force was formed earlier this month in response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the life of 20 first graders and six educators.

Rhetoric has become so loaded in the oft-divise gun control issue, and so many people are expected to attend the hearing, that police have put added safety measures in place at the Legislative Office Building, including metal detectors.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, has put out an action alert to its members, urging them to make every effort to attend the hearing in Hartford.

The foundation, which is based in Newtown, writes:

"This Monday might be the only chance for your voice to be heard before legislators craft legislation that will seriously affect not only your Second Amendment rights, but also rifles and magazines you currently own."

According to an article published by the Hartford Courant, NSSF plans to hold a press conference in the Legislative Office Building prior to the start of the hearing. The foundation will be joined by Connecticut-based gun manufacturers Colt and Mossberg & Sons, among others, the Courant reports.

On the other side are organizations like Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV). The nonprofit says it is dedicated to making Connecticut communities, families, and children safe from gun violence through a common sense approach to public education and legislative advocacy.

In addition to organizing a rally in Hartford on Feb. 14, CAGV has proposed legislation that:

  • Requires that all weapons defined by law as assault weapons must be destroyed, turned in to law enforcement, or removed from Connecticut
  • Does not grandfather existing weapons
  • Large capacity ammunition magazines of more than seven rounds are to be destroyed, turned in to law enforcement, or removed from the state

“The eyes of the nation are on Connecticut. We hope that our elected officials will act swiftly on these measures because the horrific tragedy in Newtown compels Connecticut to pass the most comprehensive legislation in the nation," Ron Pinciaro, executive director of CAGV, said in a press release. "Extended delays will endanger the passage of the type of gun violence prevention measures that will make our communities safer.”

Today's hearing will be the second of four the task force is holding. The first covered school safety.

The next one, on mental health, will take place tomorrow in Hartford, and the final hearing, featuring all 50 members and covering all topics, will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Newtown High School. Turnout is expected to be high for the final hearing, too.

Joe Blow January 28, 2013 at 02:10 PM
More "feel good" politics that will accomplish nothing. Stop eroding my rights as a law abiding citizen. Address the real problem, mental health and run away drug crime in the cities.
Yankee Peddlar January 28, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Joe you couldn't have said it better. It's a shame when a tragedy occurs like Newtown and Liberals use it for their own aggenda. Why do the politicians have a security force with all the weapons they want to take away from us ?
Joe Blow January 28, 2013 at 03:35 PM
I'll tell you why YP, because they think we are all a bunch of morons who's lives are worthless and they are the save all for us. It's time to take our country back.
Bernard January 28, 2013 at 05:04 PM
If paranoid gun nuts did not collect arsenals that they then foolishly left available to troubled teens, mentally ill relatives, etc, we wouldnt need to be going through this. We need to weed out the dummies from getting guns and it is more clear that there are more of them than the NRA would lead us to believe. I dont worry about some crackhead kicking down my door in our suburban town, I worry about the emotionally weak, divorcing gun nut who decides that his wife must die and decides to take a few dreaded liberals with him.
Joe Blow January 28, 2013 at 05:10 PM
@john, you appear to be the paranoid person here, lol. BTW- please define "gun nut" and "arsenal" as it relates to private ownership of firearms.
Bernard January 28, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Dont confuse healthy concern with the acts of overpreparing for highly unlikely events while being unconcerned with more likely ones. We are much more likely to die in auto crashes but my guess is that gun owners drive just as fast as the rest of us. As for definitions, arsenal would be more guns than inhabitants or a "collection". If you have ever felt that a gun looked sexy, you might to a gun nut. If you have more money in ammunition in your basement than you do in your IRA, you might be a gun nut. If your kids treehouse has a sign -Protected by Smith & Wesson, you might be a gun nut.
Dave January 28, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Rhetoric has become so loaded in the oft-divise gun control issue, and so many people are expected to attend the hearing, that police have put added safety measures in place at the Legislative Office Building, including metal detectors Which means more police and special units with GUNS and High capacity Magazines to the capital. The 2nd amendment was put in place so that citizens were equal to the government. It has nothing to do with hunting. Back when the constitution was written you did not need a hunting license or permission to own a gun. Think about it.
Joe Blow January 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM
@john, so you have a "concern" and gun owners are "paranoid, nuts", ooookaaay. So, let me get this straight, if you collect firearms, per your definition, you are a "paranoid gun nut" . I think you need some mental help there. As far as ammunition vs. IRA, I know of at least three couples in their 60's who specifically invested into firearms over the last 40 years for retirement. I would be willing to bet their investment far outweighs most IRA in regards to ROI. If you choose not to own a firearm, fine, but don't tread on me.
Joe Blow January 28, 2013 at 10:18 PM
@john, so you have a "concern" and gun owners are "paranoid, nuts", ooookaaay. So, let me get this straight, if you collect firearms, per your definition, you are a "paranoid gun nut" . I think you need some mental help there. As far as ammunition vs. IRA, I know of at least three couples in their 60's who specifically invested into firearms over the last 40 years for retirement. I would be willing to bet their investment far outweighs most IRA in regards to ROI. If you choose not to own a firearm, fine, but don't tread on me.
Fed Up January 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM
There are both positives and negatives in the gun control issue.If in fact there are more strict gun control laws enacted such as more serious background checks and mental background checks it should be retroactive say 10 or 15 years.There are more than a few legal gun owners that are nuts.You can be sure of that.
Joe Blow January 28, 2013 at 11:11 PM
@Fed Up, what you speak of is already in place and has been for 15 years. BTW- I would bet there are way more people with a 5 gallon can of gas and a match that are nuts. YOU can be sure of that.
Bernard January 28, 2013 at 11:25 PM
@joeblow: Don't be so literal. No, not everyone that collects guns is a gun nut, that being said, survivalists, preppers, 2nd Amendment crusaders, and those that oppose little if any restraint to their "right" - all the while calling for the mentally ill to be controlled/cataloged by the government - in violation of their rights are gun nuts in my opinion. The average person who owns a gun for self/family protection but does not see owning a gun as a political statement and as their final option to oppose the tyranny of liberals (in other worlds, the reality of a changing world) is generally not spewing off here.
Joe Blow January 28, 2013 at 11:38 PM
@ john, you are a typical liberal who spews B.S. and knows nothing. "Don't be so literal", try you not being so general and painting a broad picture. We ALL know what people like you want with your agenda. What you describe as "gun nuts" I call American patriots who choose to live their life without people like you to intervene into their life. The real icing on the cake is you calling somebody who would defend ANY amendment to the U.S. Constitution anything but a patriot and you call them "gun nuts". What would you call somebody like myself who brandished an M-16 to defend your right to spew your B.S.?
Bernard January 29, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Isn't my right as an American to generalize. I allow for your right to to spew your right-wing, tea party BS and generalize about the liberals you fear so much. I thought all those guns were to help you feel safe. As for what I'd call you, well it depends. With your air of self-importance and grandiosity, I might call you Sir. The assumption that it only takes self-ascribed "patriots" such as yourself to secure the nation is baseless. This liberal could disassemble and reassemble an m-16 with eyes closed, still qualify expert with an M60 and could easily pass the end of cycle test for 54B 25 years later. Everyone who serves deserves the nation's thanks. Even you. Thanks on that one.
Joe Blow January 29, 2013 at 03:02 AM
@john, please tell me you don't have access to firearms.
Bernard January 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM
I can't afford one now. Ever since the President was re-elected, the paranoid gun nuts have bought every gun in sight and run up the prices. Pretty soon, the only people who will have guns are these nuts and all the people that have access to their unsecured weapons and ammo. Lucky for me, I'm taking my chances and remain unarmed in the dangerous suburban community of Oxford.
Joe Blow January 29, 2013 at 02:51 PM
@john, I'm sorry to hear your president ran up the gun prices like everything else. I feel your pain as it has become more difficult for honest hard working people to survive as we are being drained to support the people who don't want to work along with an overgrown government with out of control spending. I see once again you feel the need to classify all gun owners as "paranoid gun nuts" because they choose to own firearms. More generalization based on nothing but your own paranoia and lack of knowledge. Good luck living in your little bubble called Oxford and I hope you or your family never has the need to protect yourself from the real world of irresponsible people liberalism has created.
Bernard January 29, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Dont make so many assumptions about me based on your view of liberals. Despite living in Oxford, I have spent a great deal of time working in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the state. I'm not in a bubble and in fact face more presumed danger than the average person in the course of their day. However, I dont allow myself to be influenced by the media and by organizations that try to control me with fear. I take reasonable precautions to stay safe and keep my eyes open. I choose to not be afraid and ruled by false fears. Few NRA members can say that as they lean on their many guns with transparent machismo.

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