Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission abdicated their responsibility to help prevent mass shootings, and instead issued a politically-tainted wish list of anti-gun agi-prop:
An advisory panel reviewing the deadly Newtown school shooting for Connecticut’s governor on Monday recommended requiring registration of all firearms in the state and mandating all its K-12 classrooms have doors that can be locked from the inside.
There was also enough consensus among the commission members to recommend bans on high-capacity magazines and the possession, sale or transfer or guns — both military-style firearms and handguns — that are capable of firing more than 10 rounds of ammunition without reloading.
Other recommendations in an interim report from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission include limiting the amount of ammunition that can be purchased at one time, requiring trigger locks be provide at the time of sale or transfer and requiring firearms in a home be stored in a locked container.
The panel’s suggestion to outlaw any firearm that can take more than 10-rounds is a ban on all magazine-fed firearms is blatantly unconstitutional; Heller already decided this in the U.S. Supreme Court. I suspect that if challenged, magazine bans for magazines of less than 30 rounds for rifles like the AR-15 and AK-pattern rifles which use a standard 30-round magazine would also be overturned via Heller, as they are in “common use.”
Trigger locks are already provided by many if not most manufacturers, but none are foolproof, and they do little to thwart crime.
The proposed requirement for guns to be stored in a locked container would also likely be considered overreach by the courts.
Ammunition can be stored for decades, and no mass shootings in American history have used more ammunition than an average shooter fires in a day at the range. This recommendation is also an absurd restriction that affects only the law abiding, and would not prevent any sort of crime.
The only recommendation that might have even slowed a mass shooter is the idea of classroom doors that lock from the inside, but that would only be effective if the doors themselves are strong enough to resist a breaching charge or other attempts to shoot off or through the lock. You would essentially need bullet-resistant doors in conjunction with multi-point locks.
What Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission didn’t do is address the more thorny subjects of mental health, the influence of violent FPS video games (which I know many of my readers hold blameless) in the lives of many mass shooters, and the widespread and poorly-regulated use of psychotropic drugs. And of course, the panel was designed to only deal with “angry young white guy” gun crimes, which are a drop in the bucket, statistically speaking. The overwhelming majority of gun crime in this nation is minority on minority typically criminal on criminal, and a direct result of failed social policy that sees desperate young black men murdering each other by the thousands every year.
Malloy’s craven Sandy Hook Advisory Commission finds it far safer to attack inanimate objects and lawful gun owners than tackle the far thornier realities that their decades of failed social engineering is to blame for most of the gun violence in this nation. They created the poverty that is responsible for the desperation that fuels the most common gun crimes.They encouraged the specious use of anti-depressants at the behest of pharmaceutical companies who contribute heavily to their campaigns.
As long as politicians focus on semi-automatic rifles, which account for less than 4% of all shootings, and standard capacity magazines, when most shootings involve less than five shots, then there is no reason to believe they are acting honorably. They are instead attempting to capitalize on the murders of innocents to restrict the human right of self defense, and the right of rebellion the Founders held dear.
Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has no intent of reducing gun death. It seems to serve the primary purpose of covering their own backsides from decades of bad decision-making, and a secondary goal of finding a scapegoat in the law-abiding gun owner.
They should be tarred and feathered.