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    Connecticut Carry - Press Release - Senator Meyer hosts anti-gun rally in Guilford

    Find online here: http://ctcarry.com/News/Release/6348...1-eb09c9631786

    Illegally waves a BB gun ‘Assault weapon’ around

    Guilford, Connecticut, January 13th, 2013:

    Senator Ed Meyer hosted an anti-gun rally disguised as a ‘gun violence forum’ at the First Congregational Church in Guilford Connecticut. The rally started with a representative of the church’s ‘peace committee’ citing information that was blatantly false such as:

    · It is constitutional to ban firearms.

    · The Second Amendment is about militias and therefore does not apply to individuals.

    · America is somehow more violent than other countries.

    · Modern sporting rifles are a main culprit of the violent crime.

    · Violence is on the rise in America.

    These anti-rights talking points are clearly false and have been disproven in such works as “More Guns, Less Crime” by John Lott, and by simply looking at FBI crime data which is released annually and is freely available to the public on their website. Violent crime has been on a steady decline for decades, regardless of the sales of these types of firearms and the overwhelming spread of more lenient laws that allow more citizens across the nation to carry firearms in public. The Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 did nothing to change crime statistics or provide for public safety, nor did it prevent such heinous acts as the Columbine massacre or the North Hollywood shootout, although it did hinder the response to the North Hollywood incident.

    Senator Meyer went on to tell people erroneously that his bill won’t affect most of them and that there have been no cases of self defense with a firearm in Connecticut. Senator Meyer had no sufficient answer for the gentlemen from Madison who stood up and recounted his experience as a child when a violent criminal tried to break into his home and his sister protected him with a semi-automatic shotgun without needing to fire a single shot, thankfully. Senator Meyer did not want to hear from Connecticut Carry President Rich Burgess about the estimated 1.5 – 2.5 million uses of firearms in self defense each year. The NRA keeps an archive of such stories on their ‘Armed Citizen’ website. Indeed, there are 82 such incidents in Connecticut alone, and this is likely a tiny portion of the actual events.

    Senator Ed Meyer would not call on Connecticut Carry Rich Burgess who was ready and willing to ask why Senator Meyer would bother with such a bill when the DC v Heller case(s) so clearly outlined that it would be unconstitutional to ban guns in ‘common use’ like all of the guns Senator Meyer proposes to ban. The Supreme Court also ruled that citizens could not be required by law to store their firearms where they would be inaccessible to them. Senator Meyer claims to have consulted with an attorney about these issues but obviously did not consult with an appropriate attorney that understood our current legal landscape.

    Senator Meyer then went on to introduce a guest he had invited, Retired Police Officer Pat Leary, who pulled out a facsimile of an AR 15, which he identified as a ‘BB gun’ and stated it was ‘not loaded’. He then proceeded to wave it around the room as he described why he thought the laws should be changed to ban that type of firearm.

    Connecticut Carry President Rich Burgess contacted the Guilford Police Department about the incident and described that this is a clear violation of Connecticut General Statute Sec. 53-206.” Carrying of dangerous weapons prohibited”. The situation is under investigation by the Guilford Police Department. Retired Officer Pat Leary demonstrated another thing: How archaic and completely ridiculous our laws in this state are and how most police officers do not know or understand those laws.

    Senator Ed Meyer also came out of the church carrying the same BB gun and admitted to not knowing the law. We expect the Guilford Police Department will also investigate his actions, as they confirmed in front of us that the church did not have knowledge of this dangerous and unlawful stunt.

    · More information on this issue can be found on http://ctcarry.com.
    · NRA-ILA’s Armed Citizen: http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/armed-citizen.aspx
    · Self defense incidents in Connecticut: http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/armed...0471&pageNum=1
    · DC v Heller: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-290.ZS.html
    · Defensive Gun Use numbers: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/165476.pdf

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    Rich, Thanks for sharing. I hate to assume anything, but what's the chances any media outlet(s) got a hold of this?

    Do you think any kind of 'pressure' on the Guilford PD ( via emails ) would be of any benefit? Or perhaps to Sen. Meyer himself?

    Just wondering what we could do to keep this from being swept under the rug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ctclassic View Post
    what's the chances any media outlet(s) got a hold of this?
    http://madison-ct.patch.com/articles...photo-12939408

    NBC 30 did an interview as well, and there were others...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich B View Post
    Senator Ed Meyer hosted an anti-gun rally disguised as a ‘gun violence forum’ at the First Congregational Church in Guilford Connecticut. The rally started with a representative of the church’s ‘peace committee’ citing information that was blatantly false such as:

    · It is constitutional to ban firearms.

    · The Second Amendment is about militias and therefore does not apply to individuals.

    · America is somehow more violent than other countries.

    · Modern sporting rifles are a main culprit of the violent crime.

    · Violence is on the rise in America.
    -Regarding his 1st and 2nd point - is even remotely aware of Article 1, Sec. 15 of the CT Constitution? It quite clearly states we have an individual right and as a state senator, he is especially bound by it.

    -Regarding his notion that America is more violent than other countries, let's compare us to the UK since that seems to be the most common comparison these days:

    UK is violent crime capital of Europe

    "The United Kingdom is the violent crime capital of Europe and has one of the highest rates of violence in the world, worse even than America, according to new research...The total number of violent offences recorded compared to population is higher than any other country in Europe, as well as America, Canada, Australia and South Africa."
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...of-Europe.html

    I guess violent crime is OK as long as firearms are not involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freiheit417 View Post
    -Regarding his 1st and 2nd point - is even remotely aware of Article 1, Sec. 15 of the CT Constitution? It quite clearly states we have an individual right and as a state senator, he is especially bound by it.

    -Regarding his notion that America is more violent than other countries, let's compare us to the UK since that seems to be the most common comparison these days:

    UK is violent crime capital of Europe

    "The United Kingdom is the violent crime capital of Europe and has one of the highest rates of violence in the world, worse even than America, according to new research...The total number of violent offences recorded compared to population is higher than any other country in Europe, as well as America, Canada, Australia and South Africa."
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...of-Europe.html

    I guess violent crime is OK as long as firearms are not involved.
    Make sure you let him know:

    Edward Meyer
    Assistant Majority Leader
    Senator
    Home:203-458-2656
    Work:860-240-0455
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    407 Mulberry Point Road
    Guilford, CT 06437


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    I believe this is a link to his email as well...........http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Cap/php...r-mailform.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ctclassic View Post
    I believe this is a link to his email as well...........http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Cap/php...r-mailform.php
    Whoops, I missed that in my dump.


    meyer@senatedems.ct.gov
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    Sent mine.

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    Interesting.

    The Guilford police refuse to charge Senator Meyer and Pat Leary with CGS 53-206 because they say he had permission to bring his BB gun in.

    This directly conflicts with the statements taken and made by the police on scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeKcaJyHZHA


    http://madison-ct.patch.com/articles...-ed-meyer-says
    http://guilford.patch.com/articles/p...wing-complaint
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    Although the BB gun law is completely stupid IMO...and I did not support an arrest of the previous 86 yr old lady for violating it ...

    I have no such sympathy for government officials ...

    Rich should go to these things with a bullhorn and play a snippet from the Thompson Twins "Lies, Lies, Lies" song .. we're going to get you!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA43ETEU1Vg

    at about 2:30 min into the song ...

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