Things are getting real at a gun hearing in Connecticut today. An unhinged and as yet to be identified woman was unceremoniously booted from the hearing after she was seen sending a text threatening to shoot a Senator and NRA members. “If I had a gun, I’d blow away Sampson and a large group of NRA,” a photo of the text message-in-progress reads, according to a tweet by Mark Davis.
The woman was obviously threatening Republican Connecticut State Sen. Rob Sampson. He describes himself as a Constitutional conservative and is an NRA “Defender of Freedom Award” recipient. Sounds like my kind of guy. I also identify as a Constitutional conservative and I am a strong Second Amendment advocate.
The Judiciary Committee in Hartford Connecticut is slated to discuss a number of gun control measures today that include:
- An update to safe storage laws;
- A measure requiring anyone open-carrying a firearm to produce a permit if asked by police;
- A move to regulate “ghost guns” or 3-D printed firearms and components; and
- A bill prohibiting cities and towns to enact their own firearms laws.
Woman expelled from gun hearing after being seen sending this text about a state lawmaker. pic.twitter.com/ySVc9Zm9x5
— Mark Davis (@markdavisWTNH) March 11, 2019
Activists from both sides of the gun debate are packing out that meeting today. That would include the parents of Ethan Song, a teen who accidentally shot himself last year with a gun belonging to his friend’s father.
The bills have spurred a flood of written testimony to the committee. This is the year’s biggest gun hearing as state lawmakers seek to ban homemade “ghost guns’’ and force firearm owners to show their pistol permit when asked by police. The judiciary committee considered seven gun-related bills, with lawmakers divided between those seeking “common sense” gun laws and those strongly defending the Second Amendment.
The Connecticut teen who fatally shot himself while playing with a gun at a friend's house would likely still be alive if the state had a law requiring the safe storage of firearms, his parents told lawmakers today. https://t.co/asfl2Ei3mB
— The News-Times (@NewsTimes) March 11, 2019
From the Hartford Courant:
“One of the bills states that an owner who is visibly carrying a gun must show a pistol permit when asked by law enforcement. Currently, police must have suspicion of a crime in order to force a gun owner to present the permit. If the gun owner refuses and no crime has been committed, police say there is nothing they can do.
“The issue has prompted controversy in West Haven and Bridgeport, where gun owners refused to show their permits when requested by police. Officials said an incident at a Subway sandwich shop in downtown Bridgeport, across from the courthouse, had the potential to escalate when a man repeatedly refused to show his permit. The issue was eventually defused by police and there were no injuries.
“State Sen. Rob Sampson, a Wolcott Republican who strongly supports the Second Amendment, said the man in the Subway shop had not committed any crimes.
“I don’t know why it was allowed to escalate,” Sampson said. “This person was minding their own business, like riding down the road or mowing your lawn. … Why would law enforcement need to show up for that purpose?”
“A lawnmower doesn’t shoot bullets. A gun does,” Bridgeport police chief A.J. Perez responded. “When somebody carries a handgun, an AR-15, an AK-47, a shotgun, it alarms people. It scares people.”
“But Sampson countered that the bill, if it becomes law, would be rendered meaningless because Connecticut state law cannot override the U.S. Constitution.”
An excellent and cogent point.
Hopefully, they did more than just eject the woman who threatened Sampson and NRA members. She’s a ticking time bomb and should not be walking around planning death and destruction at her leisure. The irony of someone who hates guns threatening to use a gun to kill those who support the Second Amendment is rich here.