Hartford Courant demands that tens of thousands of gun owners be arrested and imprisoned for failing to comply with the new gun laws that, as noted here, made criminals out of law abiding citizens wit one stroke of Dan Malloy’s pen.
Widespread noncompliance with this major element of a law that was seen as a speedy and hopefully effective response by Connecticut to mass shootings such as the one at Sandy Hook creates a headache for the state.
So the law constituted a “speedy” response to mass shootings, nothing more – “hopefully effective” is an admission that the pols wanted to do something, regardless of whether it would accomplish anything.
And how will this registration of scary-looking guns prevent another shooting? It won’t of course, but here’s the real point, as noted by the Courant:
[O]wning an unregistered assault weapon is a Class D felony. Felonies cannot go unenforced.
A Class D felony calls for a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Even much lesser penalties or probation would mar a heretofore clean record and could adversely affect, say, the ability to have a pistol permit.
And that’s what this is all about: the move to confiscate all guns, pistols, shotguns and yes, scary guns. Seek treatment for depression? No more guns for you! Buy a box of .22 cartridges without a permit? Same result. Every owner of a properly registered modern handgun has been made a criminal now because those guns’ magazines hold more than ten cartridges. The Courant wants the state police to comb the records of all such gun purchases and arrest anyone who’s failed to register, not the gun – that was already done, but the standard magazines it came with. Bust an owner for one such failure and you’ve taken away all his guns, for life.
All of which has the gangs in Hartford and Bridgeport quaking in their Air Jordans, I’m sure.