March 21, 2013
On March 14, Connecticut resident Mark Steed delivered an articulate response to the state legislature’s plan to roll back the Second Amendment.
“This is the third day I’ve taken off of work to come here to, like so many of the rest of us, to plead with you for us to keep our guns because of some wing-nut in Newtown, Connecticut,” the Vernon, Connecticut, resident said. “If that isn’t inherently wrong, I don’t know what is. That these bills are even in proposed form is scary enough. That any of you could possibly be undecided is scary enough. What are you looking at?”
He then proceeded to inform state officials what they are looking at – the dismantlement of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights under the irrational rubric of “common sense” and “gun safety,” two highly misleading catchwords currently used by government and its corporate media to cover the attack on the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment.
“Adam Lanza commits a crime and I’m here to grovel and plead for my rights?” an outraged Steed said.
Connecticut officialdom went on to ignore Mr. Steed’s argument. On March 18 an advisory panel convened to make proposals that if implemented will destroy Second Amendment rights in the state. The recommendations include required registration of all guns and mandatory background checks for all buyers. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has forwarded the recommendations to Connecticut’s governor, Dannel Malloy. The state currently has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.
“The reason that your jobs are becoming so difficult is because you’re coloring outside the lines of constitutional parameters,” Steed told the officials. “That’s the bottom line. You are trying to marriage up public safety with constitutional rights. The Constitution did not guarantee public safety, it guaranteed liberty. And sometimes what comes with liberty is tragedy, unfortunately.”
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