Mayor John DeStefano Jr. (D) does not think you have the right to protect yourself. Quit honestly, he’d rather see you be a victim of a crime or outright murdered before allowing you to legally carry a concealed or open weapon.
I’m certain he thinks the police are the there to protect you, but that’s patently false since the police do not have a Constitutional duty to protect someone. Multiple law enforcement officers were located at the theater in Aurora, Colo. and that did not stop what happened. When seconds counted, police were more than a minute away. From The Hartford Courant.
“Just because something is legal, it doesn’t make it right,” Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said at the news conference with Esserman on Wednesday. “Just like we don’t want people to go into a theater and yell ‘Fire!’ we don’t expect people to go into a movie theater with a gun.”
Mayor, where else don’t you expect people to go with a gun? The mall? The public park? A restaurant? Just admit that you want to ban all weapons and repeal the Second Amendment already will you?
DeStefano and the New Haven police chief are now now making up new laws as they go. Is that OK with you? It’s not OK with me.
Sung-Ho Hwang (his name is now really out there in the public and I screwed up listing his last name in my previous post) was not just exercising is Second Amendment rights, he was doing something that was completely legal and he was taking a specific step to protect himself. Just because he made a few people uncomfortable is not grounds for 20 officers to point their guns at you.
We only have the police version here and supposedly he did not follow the commands of officers and he’s being charged for being uncooperative. Note, that I would suggest everyone be cooperative with law enforcement.
People call 911 when they are uncomfortable and in this case there was no brandishing, and no threatening. The 911 call should have gone like this. (My interpretation.)
Caller: There is someone here at the theater and they are carrying a gun.
911: Are they brandishing the weapon or threatening anyone?
911: Well, carrying openly in Connecticut is legal, but if you are the manager of the theater you have the right to ask the person to leave. If he does not leave, give us a call and we’ll give him a trespass ticket or warning.
There are many things people do on a regular basis that can make people uncomfortable. There was a case in Connecticut which – I think – went to the Connecticut Supreme Court. (No time to look it up, maybe the Sound Off Sister can find it.) A guy was driving his car up and down a street slowly looking out the window. He happened to pass a couple of younger girls walking on the sidewalk (multiple times) and the girls became very uncomfortable. The man was arrested and charged with something … not sure what.
Sounds like a stalker or child predator right?
The guy was looking for a specific address and he could not find it. He was doing something that was perfectly legal to do and making someone uncomfortable. Was a call to law enforcement necessary? Maybe. Was an arrest warranted? No.