Selectmen shouldn’t sign onto gun-banning

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

This letter is to rebut Stephanie Paulmeno’s OpEd piece in the Post’s Aug. 8 edition where she goaded First Selectman Tesei and Selectman Theis into joining gun-banning and liberty-usurping organizations like the Coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the local Council Against Gun Violence.

Thankfully, our current Republican leadership in town has more sense than even our Connecticut governor and legislature.

Instead of acting on emotion, they have taken the time to understand why this violence is happening rather than scapegoating how this violence is being perpetrated. Despite Mrs. Paulmeno’s admirable background in health services, she falls victim to the same rush-to-judgment predilections we find in too many politicians.

Parroting the sound-bites of an organization that purports to be against illegal guns is the same as backing organizations against illegal drugs — it is inconsequential grandstanding. Who isn’t against what is illegal?

The problem with Mrs. Paulmeno attaching Greenwich’s name to organizations such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s is that they obfuscate the truth about the causes of violence and vilify law-abiding firearm owners. The Coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the local Council Against Gun Violence push for laws that have little or no effect on stopping criminals and the insane but, instead, weaken a law-abiding citizen’s fundamental right to protect him or herself and loved ones.

Hats off to Greenwich’s current leadership for holding the line and not falling victim to these bullies trying to use government to limit our ability to defend ourselves.

 

John Lucarelli
Greenwich

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