Opinion: Pushing back against gun control arguments

Opinion: Pushing back against gun control arguments

The opinion article by Edward Marcus about the shooting in Branford caught my eye. I was raised in Connecticut, graduated from North Haven High School in 1968, and have many fond memories of my home and surrounding towns. I am still connected to many of these communities because my high school friends and I remain close, lifelong friends. It saddened me to read about the incident in Branford; however, I take exception to Mr. Marcus’ opinion article. He said, “I believe this monster can only be tamed by enacting new, sensible laws relating to the ownership of guns and the type of guns that may be purchased.” Monster? I presume Marcus was referring to the shooter. What current federal and state firearm laws are not sensible, I ask? Did the shooter obtain his firearms legally, or did he break current laws to obtain them? Mr. Marcus implies that the monster was experiencing stress, and perhaps that is why he went on a shooting rampage. Nobody wants dangerous people to have access to firearms, but all too often gun confiscation laws do not ensure that those found mentally ill receive the care they need. Don’t call for more laws that do not address the root cause of violence or allow for due process. Mr. Marcus also said, “We need in-depth investigation of a gun license applicant, including a review of an applicant’s mental health record.” So, is he saying that Connecticut doesn’t have strict gun laws? Has he checked Connecticut […]

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