“If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
― Samuel Adams
Today is the final day for Connecticut gun owners to register their arms for future confiscation under the state’s post-Sandy Hook gun laws. Only a craven few seem eager to give away their liberty:
Hundreds of Connecticut residents lined up Monday to make sure their weapons will be legal in the new year.
The state’s new gun laws are supposed to protect the families of Connecticut, but some said the laws are only causing problems for law abiding citizens.
People started lining up at the State Department of Public Safety in Middletown early Monday morning. The line wrapped around the building and people were registering up until the building closed at 4:30 p.m.
The controversial, wide-ranging gun control law was passed in Connecticut in April after the mass shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary where 20 children and six adults lost their lives.
Now anything the state considers to be an assault weapon or magazine holding more than 10 rounds needs to be registered by Wednesday or it will be illegal in the new year.
If an assault weapon bought before April is not registered by Tuesday, owners will have to sell it to a gun dealer, render it permanently inoperable, or turn it in to law enforcement.
“If you get caught with a banned assault weapon after tomorrow night then you’re going to be prosecuted as a felon,” said Mike Lawlor, who is the governor’s undersecretary for criminal justice.
Lawlor said gun owners have had since the summer to get this paperwork in. As of Christmas, more than 20,000 assault weapons had been registered with the state.
“The goal of the law is to have fewer of these assault weapons in circulation in the years to come,” Lawlor said. “All of this is about having fewer people killed with guns.”
“Fewer of these assault weapons in circulation in the years to come,” is indeed the goal of citizen-controllers like Lawlor. Of course, he already knows that more people will die as a result of gun crime, because hard-core violent criminals laugh at laws and lawmakers.
The gun-grabbers have managed to scare less than ten-percent of Connecticut gun owners into compliance with this unconstitutional new law, men and women who never cherished nor understood liberty, nor the blood sacrifices made for them by previous generations. Over time, the government will tighten these restrictions even more, until those foolish enough to sign up for this registration scheme are disarmed entirely.
It is the price of cowardice.
Most of Connecticut’s citizens will simply ignore the law—indeed, it is assumed that more than 90-percent will—and run the risk of becoming felons. They must fight to have the law itself repealed, which will require the power-hungry lawmakers who passed it to be thrown out of office first.
Essential liberty is not to be traded away for the illusion of temporary safety.