On January 16, the Sandy Hook Commission (SHC) voted to inform Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) that guns pose a far greater threat than mental health issues and further gun restrictions are needed now.
Connecticut was ranked as having the fifth most stringent gun control laws in the country when the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary took place. Since then, they have instituted even stricter controls — but the SHC says they have not gone far enough yet.
According to Reuters, the SHC wants a ban on the possession “ammunition clips” or firearms holding more than 10 rounds. This would expand the 2013 gun control laws that barred sale of such guns but allowed their continued possession.
Hartford Hospital Institute of Living psychiatrist and SHC member Dr. Howard Schwartz said: “While we’ve spent two years looking at the mental health aspects relating to this horrible event, mental health issues pale in relationship to these kinds of weapons in mass shootings.”
Schwartz said, “Accessibility to this kind of weaponry is the single most important factor in mass shootings.”
It is interesting to note that “accessibility to this kind of weaponry” predates the heinous crime at Sandy Hook by many decades, and its recent misuse for mass public crime seems to correspond with the demise of the family and of parenting in general. The SHC does not mention these things.
Nor do they mention that Santa Barbara gunman Elliot Rodger carried out his attack in a state with rules similar to those being proposed in Connecticut. He only used 10-round magazines in his guns, which did not hinder him in the least, as he simply had forty-one 10-round magazines to compensate for the lack of 15, 20, or 30-round magazines.
Gun control does not deter criminals. It simply makes it harder for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.
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