The following is a guest post by CCDL member John Sturmer. It is in response to an op-ed published recently in the Greenwich Time and other Hearst Media newspapers. That op-ed was written by Jonathan Perloe, who runs the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence and also serves on the board of Ron Pinciero’s Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV).
If you haven’t already, first read “Perloe op-ed: Standing ground on tough gun laws”, and come back here to read Mr. Sturmer’s excellent response.
UPDATE 4/1/2015: The Greenwich Time has published this. Feel free to comment there.
Common Sense Gun Lies – A response to Jonathan Perloe- “Standing Ground on Tough New Gun Laws”
I am writing this because I am tired of lies and misinformation being spread by our bevy of anti-”gun violence” groups in Connecticut. At one time I believed them to be ignorant, but I now know better. So, I would like to dissect and discredit these statements point by point.
Mr. Perloe points out that “90 Percent of legislators who voted in favor [of SB1160, the 2013 gun law]” were re-elected. Most of those legislators ran unopposed. Another way to look at it was of the large 12 seat gain by the GOP, 11 of those seats were replacements of legislators who voted for SB 1160. Only 1 legislator who voted against the law lost his re-election bid.
Mr. Perloe also contends that the now banned “Large Capacity Magazine” enabled Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza to fire “…154 rounds in under 5 minutes”. 5 minutes is 300 seconds. 154 rounds is 1 round roughly every 2 seconds. Try that. Clap your hands, count to 2. The rate of fire had zero to do with magazine capacity. That rate of fire could be maintained with a 5 shot revolver by one of my basic pistol students including reloading.
Mr. Perloe goes on to mischaracterize “Stand your ground” as “letting gun owners shoot to kill whenever and wherever they feel threatened”. This is a LIE. Stand Your Ground means nothing of the sort. In every jurisdiction in this country, you must “Reasonably believe that deadly physical force or great physical harm is being used or about to be used against you or another person”. Stand your ground does not change that requirement, either legally or MORALLY. Additionally, any trained person will tell you that we shoot to stop… not to kill. This isn’t the movies where you “decide” whether or not to kill someone. Someone is about to kill you. Your only focus is to STOP that. Tell a judge in any jurisdiction in this country that you were “Shooting to kill” you go to prison.
Mr. Perloe also contends that “… right now Congress is considering legislation that would force every state to allow virtually anyone to carry a loaded, concealed gun in public. That would mean convicted felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people from Florida and other states with lax gun laws could legally and secretly carry their guns anywhere in the country, including in Connecticut.” This is the biggest lie. Felons and the mentally ill are prohibited from possessing firearms by federal law under 18 USC 922(g). In other words, felons, mentally ill people and domestic abusers are PROHIBITED IN EVERY STATE AND JURISDICTION IN THE COUNTRY from possessing a firearm. Additionally, Florida has a permitting process for carrying a firearm, which includes training, fingerprinting and background checks. Those requirements are remarkably similar to Connecticut’s own requirements. Florida does not have “lax” gun laws. The measure being considered by Congress does not absolve anyone of following CT law, which also prohibits possession of a firearm by felons, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill.
Reasonable people can disagree on the Second Amendment just like any other issue. However, Mr. Perloe’s article goes beyond disagreement, and bridges the gap into willful misinformation. Don’t believe the lies.
John Sturmer is the Principal Owner of JJ Firearms Training, LLC. He is also a Certified Firearms Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Glock Armorer, and a CCDL Member.