Frantz needs to step up on gun control legislation

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

At a town hall meeting, Sen. L. Scott Frantz told constituents he could not reveal his position on gun regulation because the task force on which he serves was under a gag order so it could reach a bipartisan agreement.

It therefore came as a surprise when, the next day, the task force released separate Democratic and Republican proposals. The Republican proposal leaves out key provisions to reduce gun violence, including an expanded assault weapons ban and limits on magazine capacity.

It is disturbing that Sen. Frantz is so out of touch with constituents. A Quinnipiac University poll found overwhelming support for tighter regulation of assault weapons and limiting magazines to 10 bullets, by margins of more than two to one.

Sen. Frantz is also out of touch with constitutional law, judging by his statement that “whatever comes out of the General Assembly … will withstand some serious constitutional challenges.” Three months studying the issue was not sufficient to make him aware that Justice Scalia’s District of Columbia v. Heller opinion states that, “like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited.”

The New York Times reported that “constitutional lawyers, including many conservatives, generally believe that limiting magazine size falls well within the boundaries of recent Supreme Court decisions on gun rights.” Had limits on magazine capacity been in place, we would likely have seen reduced death tolls at the Newtown, Tucson and Aurora massacres.

It is time for legislators to stop deferring to the rights of gun owners without similarly recognizing the “unalienable right” of all Americans to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Sen. Frantz describes himself as “a person who believes in reasonable gun control.” It is now time for him to demonstrate leadership and speak in favor of common sense gun regulations. Connecticut has a unique opportunity and the moral authority to show the country a united, bipartisan front in the quest to reduce gun violence.

Let’s show Sen. Frantz that the Quinnipiac poll holds true in Greenwich. Urge him to support comprehensive gun regulation. The death toll climbs every day; the time to act is now.

Jonathan Perloe
Cos Cob 

The author is a member of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee.

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