Reader fears gun registration could lead to confiscation

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Last year, the Connecticut legislature passed a gun control law that made Connecticut residents felons if they didn’t register their guns in time.

Governor Malloy made Jan. 4 the deadline but many registration forms arrived past the deadline. Newspapers reported only 50,000 residents had registered guns and an estimated that 300,000 didn’t.

The ones whose forms arrived late were sent letters demanding that they either destroy their guns, sell them to licensed dealers or turn them in to police. If Governor Malloy was reasonable, he would accept them and simply charge a late fee. To demand that the residents give them up seems to support the old saying, “Gun registration leads to gun confiscation.”

The reason the government wants them registered is so they know who has them and, when the time comes to disarm the people, they know where to send police to get them. On YouTube, Kitty Werthman, who lived in Austria under Hitler, said that first the Nazis told the Austrians that they had to register their guns due to crime. Next, they were told that they had to turn in their guns, or be executed. Kitty says “Buy more guns.”

In Connecticut, the Hartford Courant said those who failed to register should be arrested. A frightened resident called the Newtown police chief to ask him would he obey the Constitution or would he follow orders to confiscate guns? He told her he would follow orders to confiscate guns.

The Internet is abuzz with speculation that SWAT teams could be sent to homes, which could produce tragic results. On the other side, the Connecticut Peace Officers Association sent a letter with 250 signatures from law enforcement personnel stating that they will not enforce this unconstitutional law.

This civil disobedience is happening because people are afraid that the state’s objective is to confiscate their guns.

Connecticut license plates say “The Constitution State.” Will state officials back down and follow the Constitution? If they decide to arrest these residents, perhaps license plates should say “The Communist State,” for that’s what happens in totalitarian governments.


Louise Barnes

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