In keeping with his word to produce documents regarding the search warrants used in the Newtown Massacre investigation, State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky released about what everyone involved in the legislative discussions knew he would.
He released a one-sided list of only the weapons and equipment that the murderer and his mother possessed. In the releases, there is little or no mention about whether there were any mental issues diagnosed in the murderer’s history or any indication of whether this massacre could have been detected or prevented. Portions of the warrants where witnesses seem to discuss the murderer’s history are conveniently redacted.
The only focus and obvious intention of releasing the search warrants is to focus the narrative on the firearms instead of the actual legitimate questions about the murderer and his history and things that can actually be evaluated and fixed without endangering the rest of us in the process.
But this did not stop the media from talking about a ‘startling arsenal’ which consisted of only a few firearms and a mediocre amount of ammunition.
The media has apparently once again changed the definition of ‘arsenal’ to be 6 firearms, since that is all that was found. 1 shotgun, 3 rifles (two of which were bolt action) and 2 pistols. If this is an arsenal, than just about every gun owner in the state possess an armory.
Already we have reporters talking about ‘hundreds’ of rounds of .22LR ammunition, when .22LR ammunition is most commonly sold in its smallest divisions in 550 round boxes. In actuality, there were only 1026 rounds of center-fire rounds of ammunition, spread across 7 different types of firearms, 161 of those were shotgun shells. Over 300 rounds of the ammunition were calibers that there was not even a matching firearm for, and therefore they had no way of utilizing.
This is hardly an ‘arsenal’ or shocking. In fact, most shooting sports enthusiasts would go through this amount of ammunition in a normal day at the range, although it would likely be a short day at the range. Many gun owners possess many times the amount listed here at any given time, since ammunition is cheaper when bought in bulk.
This inventory is not ‘startling’, it is hardly even significant.
Governor Malloy instantly expressed his ignorance and contempt for the gun owners of Connecticut by saying that the issue around large capacity magazines was clear, except he did not mention what we expected any of the unarmed individuals to do against a well armed murderer, regardless of whether or not he was changing a magazine or not. Indeed, towns around the state are opting to do the right thing and put people who can stop an attack in their schools instead of relying on silly ideas like gun bans to perform their magic for them.
The media also immediately sought to demonize gun owners and the NRA by stating falsely that there were NRA membership certificates found in the home. Since the NRA doesn’t issue such certificates for membership, these are pretty clearly the state required training certificates for Basic Pistol Safety. It is odd the media would try to make a negative of safety training, should all residents (well over 200,000 in number) who have taken the mandatory training get rid of their certificates so they are not likewise demonized or linked to the murderer?
This is another step along the way where we see people pushing an agenda who think nothing of exploiting the death of children to get their way.
The legislature should not move on any legislation until the full details of the investigation are released. The investigation of the Arizona massacre where Representative Giffords was shot has been released and it is bringing startling revelations about how much could and should have been done about the murderer before the massacre.
When will Connecticut be afforded the right to review this investigation completely so real reasoning can be applied to this situation?
Arizona investigation details: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/us/documents-2011-tucson-shooting-case-gabrielle-giffords.html
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