With the current situation in Connecticut, where state lawmakers have legislated gun registration, tens of thousands have determined not to register their weapons and the state has threatened to confiscate them and arrest individuals if they do not register or turn them in, I thought a word from patriot John S. Cinque was in order. His words echo the founding fathers and Mike Vanderboegh of Connecticut’s Sipsey Street Irregulars, and were a foreshadowing of what is taking place now.
Mr. Cinque appeared in North Haven, Connecticut on April 22, 2013 and asked if there was anything in the bill that was signed into law that would have prevented the Sandy Hook shooting.
While there is obvious stuttering from those he addressed, he confidently replied “I know the answer,” but he wanted to hear it from those supporting the bill.
“Maybe not,” came the reply from Connecticut Republican State Representative David Yaccarino. “But what this bill does is it says that if you are a gun owner and you have someone in your house that is ineligible to have a permit for a gun there is strict liability on you, if you don’t properly lock up the gun. So if you have someone in your household who has mental health issues or a felon….”
“So it’s not going to prevent the next shooting,” Cinque interrupted.
The point is clear: Adam Lanza is reported to have committed a crime, namely killing his mother and then stealing her guns in order to facilitate mass murder (at least according to the official story). This bill would do nothing to stop another incident like this one. Some may claim that had the guns been locked up, it wouldn’t have occurred, but that is merely speculation. That would depend on what type of gun safe they were in. Should they have been in one of the cheaper, almost tin-like safes, then they would have been easily accessible.
Cinque rightly points out that this is an unconstitutional law. He then goes down the list: “You register your AR, you register your magazines and you say we can keep everything we have, but it’s not going to prevent the next Sandy Hook, correct? It’s a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’”
“We don’t know that definitively,” Yaccarino said.
“You absolutely know that,” Cinque retorted.
Then came Cinque’s ultimate question, “What are you going to do about those of us who will not comply with this law?”
Without really answering the question, the politician he addressed responded, “As far as Sandy Hook, we don’t know what….but we also have an obligation to do our best to protect public safety.”
Actually elected officials’ obligation is to protect the liberties of their people and bring justice on evil doers, not “protect public safety.”
Cinque responded, “So I’m a thirty year public servant, twenty year fireman, OK? United States Navy veteran, upstanding citizen all my life with three children, and with the stroke of a pen from the ivory tower, with the gold top, you’ve decided to create me to be a felon; a Class D felony, for doing absolutely nothing wrong.”
Thunderous applause erupted from the crowd gathered in New Haven.
“It’s wrong,” Cinque continued.
Apparently the lawmaker couldn’t understand how Cinque would become a felon. However, Mr. Cinque said he would choose not to comply with the law. “That’s your right,” responded the representative.
Wait a minute, what about Cinque’s right to not have government restrict or regulate his guns? To keep and bear arms? Nothing is said about registration, which we all know leads to confiscation.
The politician attempted to justify the consequences that Cinque laid out by saying it was “his choice.”
“OK, so since we’re going down the course of China, why don’t we pass a law from the ivory tower up there that we can only have one child, so that I have to choose which one of my two children I have to kill because I can only have one child now,” Cinque said, obviously frustrated.
“That wasn’t our intent,” responded the representative.
Ah, yes, the road to Hell is paved with those, aren’t they?
“It’s exactly your intent,” Cinque retorted.
Cinque continued by pointing out how the lawmakers have called such legislation a “good first step,” but he pointed out that they will never stop and the insinuation was until they take the guns from the citizenry. “I’m telling you right now, I will never vote for any of you again. I’m done, and you’ve lost everyone’s vote in this place.”
“You think you’ve saved us by this ‘great thing,’” Cinque continued. “Let ‘em pass all this. Let ‘em do it, because people it’s unconstitutional.”
Of course, the legislator said it wasn’t unconstitutional, but Cinque asked him to provide the definition of the Second Amendment and Section 1, Article 15.
Connecticut Republican State Senator Len Fasano came up and attempted to basically say that Cinque’s concerns really were unfounded because he “knows what goes on at the Capitol” and citizens don’t. He even claimed that they would not be passing new gun legislation next year, which would be 2014. How did that work out for you Connecticut? Cinque called it and the politicians apparently don’t know jack when it comes to how things are done…., or do they?
Fasano then appealed to the fact that Obamacare was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court. Do you understand how twisted that is?
Cinque countered, “Yeah, but the Second Amendment is in the Constitution. It’s a right. It’s not a driver’s license or a privilege. Health care is not a right either. We are talking about a right that ‘shall not be infringed.’”
Senator Fasano then attempted to state that permits and the like are “reasonable restrictions” on guns and appealed to the Heller case, though Cinque was clear to point out the cherrypicking that was being done by the lawmakers to make their point.
He also pointed out that Justice Scalia did say that the citizens had the right to be equally armed as the police or the military.
“Let’s have the whole thing,” said Cinque. Obviously he didn’t want just “cherrypicking” of the court’s ruling.
“And you can, in your house,” came the reply from Fasano.
Cinque takes his stand in a final statement, “I’m not speaking for anyone else here, but I’m telling you right now: I will not comply.”
When the lawmakers asks Mr. Cinque if he has been fingerprinted before, Cinque answers “Yes, but I also took an oath to protect against all enemies foreign and domestic. I got domestic enemies now that show their hands every day.”
While some have said that gun owners in Connecticut just didn’t know about the law and that is why they didn’t register, I think this video from last year is telling. Many did know and told lawmakers that they would not comply.
People of Connecticut, now you understand that you cannot trust your lawmakers. They do not have your best interest at heart. They have their political aspirations in mind, not the protection of your civil liberties in mind. As a result, they claim that they can protect you and offer “public safety” at the expense of your liberty, knowing full well that they are providing neither liberty nor public safety. In fact, your legislators are making you the criminal for not complying with the laws they write, which by their own admission will not prevent further mass shootings. How’s that working out for you?
*Correction: I previously listed Senator Fasano as a Democrat. He is a Republican.