Law-abiding gun owners are responsible, tired of being criminalized

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

In response to Stephanie Paulmeno’s plea on Aug. 8 to support the Coalition of Mayors’ anti-gun agenda, she said some 1,000 mayors from around the country have signed the petition against gun violence.

But there are some 35,000 cities and towns in the United States and 1,000 mayors represent slightly less than 3% of the mayors, first selectmen and leaders in the United States. That’s hardly a mandate and certainly not a majority.

Does anyone support gun violence or crime? Quite the contrary. Outdoor sportsmen and responsible citizens support and insist on responsible firearms ownership. We support and defend our state and federal constitutional right to protect ourselves, our families and our communities with a firearm if necessary.

In Connecticut we are not immune to violence, proven by the likes of Michael Ross, who murdered eight women; in Cheshire when two unarmed parolees destroyed and ravaged the Petit family; in a small jewelry store in Fairfield when a husband and wife were executed by a hunted serial killer; and, of course, in Newtown, one of the most horrific crimes perpetrated in our nation’s history.

Connecticut isn’t immune to violence, drugs, gangs, illegal aliens, corruption and all manners of abuse. Connecticut holds the distinction of being number one in the country for elder abuse. We certainly have a lot to improve upon here.

Ms. Paulmeno said 89% of gun owners are against illegal firearms. I think that 100% of Connecticut’s outdoor sportsmen and gun owners are against illegal firearms. We’ve already passed some of the most restrictive gun legislation in the country, yet gun violence still exists and always will because criminals do not abide by the law.

I agree with Ms. Paulmeno there’s strength in numbers. There’s an estimated 80 million firearms owners in the United States, approximately 550,000 in Connecticut alone. I am confident that we, as law-abiding citizens, do not accept being criminalized by legislation, nor do we accept our sport being taxed and regulated out of existence.

So perhaps our vote, which has been largely benign, will in fact count this election season after all.


Seth Block

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