Anthony Griego: New Haven Register

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Three big cheers to Anthony Griego of Hamden, Connecticut in the United States of America. He completely refuted the weak position of John Stoehr and effectively respresents the disbelief of many Americans who believe open carry permits must be strictly enforced!  This apparent black and white issue is actually quite nebulous with ardent advocates on both sides of the gun control coin. The terrifying incident near the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institute in Uncasville should add more fuel to the fire of this smouldering debate.

Once again, I shake my head about the state of insanity taking place in Connecticut. Our elected officials allowed a bill to die that would have required people to produce a permit when they decide to open carry. Common sense or good judgment has gone out the window. They did vote in favor of self-serve beer and wine vending machines. So now we will have gun-toting civilians getting a beer at a vending machine where they will have to produce proof that they are 21 but show nothing that they have a weapon of individual destruction on them(Yes, Anthony, why is common sense in such short supply these days?).

A recent article by a lecturer in political science stated, “The gun debate, I came to believe is a largely white debate.” He further throws in one of the most overworked and destructive words to common sense, racism. Throw that word into the dialogue and the lines are drawn in the sand and good judgement is checkmated(powerful chess metaphor). Many times these words are used by people who never were dispatched to an open carry complaint where there are concerns about officer’s safety and every innocent person in that establishment including you and your family. The word to learn today is common sense, not white debate, context, racism, it is simply common sense. Ironically today, in an unrelated article to this issue someone quoted Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends(the morbid silence of innocent folks gunned down like animals).” Where were our law enforcement friends?

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Hamden

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