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    SB207 - another facsicts bill - registry for recording gun deaths/injuries

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    Proposed Bill No. 207


    January Session, 2013


    LCO No. 717


    Referred to Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY


    Introduced by:


    SEN. LOONEY, 11th Dist.


    AN ACT ESTABLISHING A REGISTRY OF FIREARM-RELATED INJURIES AND DEATHS.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

    That chapter 529 of the general statutes be amended to require the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to maintain a registry documenting the circumstances under which persons are killed or injured by firearms.

    Statement of Purpose:

    To improve public safety by requiring the state police to store data pertaining to gun-related injuries and death.

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    w/o also requiring when guns were used to prevent injury or death, this registry is only meant for the purposes of stealing guns

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    Huh??

    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
    General Assembly


    Proposed Bill No. 207


    January Session, 2013


    LCO No. 717


    Referred to Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY


    Introduced by:


    SEN. LOONEY, 11th Dist.


    AN ACT ESTABLISHING A REGISTRY OF FIREARM-RELATED INJURIES AND DEATHS.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

    That chapter 529 of the general statutes be amended to require the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to maintain a registry documenting the circumstances under which persons are killed or injured by firearms.

    Statement of Purpose:

    To improve public safety by requiring the state police to store data pertaining to gun-related injuries and death.

    Really??!! Really!!??

    So currently the State Police simply forgets what happened? They throw out all their reports at the end on the month? If this isn't already being tracked how does FBI Crime Data get collected? On what basis do we say the state is safer due to a reduction in crime rates? I know there is a disclaimer to FBI stats that it is data of 'reported' crimes, but is Mr. Looney saying that CT does not tracking or reporting any of this data?

    I may be looking at this too simplistically but it seems to me a waste of money.
    “The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” —Samuel Adams

    "Here sir, the people govern." -- Alexander Hamilton (speech in the New York ratifying convention, 17 June 1788) Reference: The Debates of the Several State..., Elliot, vol. 2 (348)

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    I think that in many cases the data isn't actually collected as "deaths/injuries caused by firearms", but simply as "deaths/injuries", or perhaps those involved in a crime (if the State Police are recording it). This might be why FBI statistics aren't as accurate as they could be--they poll various law-enforcement agencies, and do their best to get useable data.

    It'd be nice if this law also included an attempt to track crimes/injuries/deaths prevented by firearms, even though that would be much harder to do, since I'm sure many more people fail to report a crime prevented than do an injury or death caused by guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny W View Post

    It'd be nice if this law also included an attempt to track crimes/injuries/deaths prevented by firearms, even though that would be much harder to do, since I'm sure many more people fail to report a crime prevented than do an injury or death caused by guns.
    I think that without knowing how may injuries have been prevented then the idea is just meant to collect useless information..

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