There is a section that deals with “UCR” or Unified Crime Reporting. This describes the process used to gather data.
Further down in the report you get to a section called “Connecticut Summary Statistics”.
On page 15, “Murder Cont.” look under “Murder Circumstances”. You will find category “other” where you find 27. That is the Murder in Newtown that day of 20 children, six educators and Nancy Lanza. Picture 2 below.
Suicide is not tracked in that report.
Picture 1: FBI Crime Data. Newtown shows zero murders.
Picture 2: Connecticut Unified Crime Reports: Shows the 27 murders under “Misc.”.
Given the two reports, you can clearly see where the 27 murders were reported. Only saying “it didn’t happen” makes gun owners look like idiots and disrespects those that died that day.
What makes all of this worse, there is plenty of room for speculation and coverups. Why was legislation passed so independent investigation would be blocked? Why did all personnel at the site of the crime have to sign non-disclosure agreements? Why was the school destroyed before any independent investigation?
When you look at all those questions, you can then ask yourself: Did Adam Lanza actually shoot/consume 30 rounds in each magazine? Many have speculated he did not and did plenty of administrative reloads where he would shoot a few rounds and reload. In that case, the 30 round magazine limit would have been moot. Many of the State Police pictures showed empty magazines (with ammo removed) displaying a full 30 rounds unused (Picture 3) .
Why are we not allowed to look at Adam Lanzas medical records? Why are we not allowed to see Nancy Lanza’s correspondence with the state? Did she reach out to the Department of Mental Health and Addictive Services like many friends and independent investigations have found? I will do future reports on that one.
All these questions are just a tip of the iceberg. We will never get to the real information if those looking for it constantly have to be on the defensive from such horrible conspiracy theories.
Picture 3 – Magazines and ammunition – full 30 rounds
Picture 4 – The Saiga shotgun in the trunk.
Good news: Open carry prevailed.
Bad news: It was actually a split board with a 3/3 vote. So, appellant wins in those cases.
The BFPE admitted across the board that open carry is legal. The chairman of the board clearly has an issue with open carry and a citizen standing up for his rights. To actually ask him if he practices all his rights so vigorously, was rather insane. I sure as hell do!
Interesting to note is the ineffective use of council as mentioned by the chairman. I know Scott personally. He did nothing wrong and he was going to stand firm on his rights. I have no idea what the hell Scott’s council was thinking by opening up with a “boneheadded mistake”. What kind of defense is that for a guy standing up for his rights?
You can decide for yourself. West Haven never even sent the arresting officer. So, we can see how serious it is for them to pursue the matter.
So, I sat at the legislature as our fate and rights were being whittled away in Hartford. I was actually reading the new bill and saw all the “new” items that will end up being called “assault weapons”. I got to thinking, I haven’t requested my inventory/registry record in some time, I should check. Sure enough, there are discrepancies. Then, I talk to a few others who decided to do the same and yep, even more errors.
My argument for getting your records checked is based on media reports over the last few weeks. A few times, people have had firearms temporarily confiscated by the state only to have some end up “missing” upon return. Come to find out, they are told they are “assault weapons” and can’t be returned. That, is a whole ‘nother discussion. That being said, I want to make sure my neck isn’t “in the noose” for something someone else does with a firearm I used to own. The chances of that are VERY rare. However, if I sold a firearm, I don’t want my doors getting kicked in after something else happens “down the road”.
I had called the state in the past for a copy of my inventory. They used to mail it to the address on record. They will not do this any longer. The “Special Licensing Firearms Unit” require a notarized request. I developed a letter to help everyone get copies of their inventory/registry. I’m more concerned with what I no longer have, than what I do have.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation today filed suit in federal court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Gov. Dannel Malloy and the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly misused the so-called “emergency certification” exception to circumvent the safeguards of the normal legislative process and in violation of Connecticut statutory law in order to pass Senate Bill 1160, a package of strict gun-control regulations.
The suit further alleges that enactment of the new law violates fundamental due process rights guaranteed by both the Connecticut and United States Constitutions. NSSF is asking the court to declare the law invalid and issue an injunction prohibiting its enforcement.
“A 139-page bill was assembled behind closed doors, bypassing both the public hearing and committee processes, and quickly sent to floor votes on the same day in both the House and Senate where legislators did not have adequate time to even read the bill. The governor then signed the package into law the next day. All of this is in violation of guarantees citizens are supposed to have under Connecticut State Statutes and protections in our State and U.S. Constitutions for which our forefathers fought,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel, NSSF. “Our suit focuses on this abuse of process that has resulted in enacted law that does nothing to improve public safety, while resulting in adverse effects on law-abiding citizens, manufacturers, retailers and sportsmen’s organizations.”
Remember, January 1st is a holiday and the two weeks before that are absolute madness to make the deadline. If you plan on sending the paperwork in, make sure you plan ahead enough (two weeks or so) and send it certified return receipt requested and follow up to make sure.
Sorry for the delay… dug up some of my old gear to make recording easier, and well….. the software didn’t want to cooperate. Heck, I even had this done a few days ago. Suffice it to say, it is here, but the audio conversion is a bit “funky” to say the least. I had to change the audio to a variable bit rate in order for the MP3 to record. Otherwise, the normal format sounded like I was talking under water! I’ll have this fixed soon.
Because of all the news, changes, laws and new forms, I’ll add another podcast later this week. It’s been busy and I have a lot to report.
CT Gun Laws – Updated
The legislative session is over, but not before a little more damage……. and some minor correction. Regarding the new laws, here is what you need to read:
I keep getting this all the time from my non-shooting friends “why are you against a universal background check”….. right next to the idiotic “if it saves just one life”, but I digress….
California already has a similar system that the anti-gun community want to use as a national model called “APPS”, Armed and Prohibited Person System”. A system designed to cross reference gun owners and those prohibited persons. Sounds like a grand idea, right?
Umm…. no. It is based on the premise that a prohibited person, usually a criminal, will buy a legal gun. Common sense dictates the flaw in that logic. Many people (I’d go so far as to say the majority based on my research) would be on that list for reasons that have nothing to do with mental health or criminality. I can see several categories of people ending up on this list, including:
Those that take sleep medication (already in issue in New York and permit revocations in CT).
Voluntary check-ins at hospitals for various conditions like anxiety (like in this video below).
Sharing an address with someone who is deemed a “prohibited person”.
Flawed information in either of the two lists.
Military personnel “decompressing” when they return home, PTSD (which ironically, doesn’t prevent you from serving in another active duty tour in a combat role).
Data gathering by physicians with an anti-firearms bias (intake forms).
and much more
I’ve seen and researched far too much to see the issues with this type of program.. The problem with the “if it saves one life” argument, it often costs a life as well when a firearm is taken away from someone who needs it, and now doesn’t have it.
CT’s new legislation, SB 1160 has a lot of new reporting criteria which is the first (and HUGE) step towards this system. I expect to see more expansion on this in future legislation. This is why litigation, such as the lawsuit being headed by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), is so important.
Below is a video put out by the NRA. Notice the former DOJ agent’s comments about the prosecutions from this program (let alone the cost – TO JUST CALIFORNIA!).