Edelstein’s letter misses major questions about gun laws

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Dan Edelstein took Louise Barnes to task for having the temerity to suggest that the constitutionality of “assault weapon” bans and “high capacity” magazine bans are not settled constitutional law and might violate the Second Amendment.

Dan cited the recent court ruling on the new law, but U.S. district courts do not “settle” constitutional law, they start the process. New state gun laws are moving through the court system. One, or all, may reach the U.S. Supreme Court. If the court elects to take one or more of these cases or rejects the cases and lets the laws stand, only then will we learn what is deemed constitutional.

More interesting was his suggestion that “monkeys will sooner be flying out of the Capitol dome than SWAT teams will be storming [gun owners’ houses].” Is he suggesting that the new ban on “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines will not be enforced? If so, why does he supports the law? If it’s not going to be enforced, what good is it?

I am pretty sure that, unlike in Oz, flying monkeys will not be the enforcers. On that Dan and I agree. I do not see state senators and state representatives who passed the law trekking out to enforce it. Nor do I see the governor making any visits to enforce firearms violations. That pretty much leaves sworn officers to the task of enforcing firearms violations and they enforce laws in a manner that keeps their fellow officers most safe.

When they have to deal with a “firearms” violator, or someone they see as an armed felon (all residents in violation of the recent “assault weapons” ban would be considered armed and would be sought on a felony warrant), the police arrive with guns, vests and usually backup, SWAT or not.

Dan asks “What planet are you living on?” Maybe that should be rephrased as “What neighborhood are you living in?” I’m pretty sure that if he had limited his view to saying that “SWAT officers will not be storming residences in my neighborhood,” he would have been right.

 

Jan Rogers Kniffen
Greenwich

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