Solution to Violence

According to anti-gun groups in Connecticut, we could end violence with more gun control. How do they want to get more gun control? Give felons behind bars the right to vote to control the rest of us.

The National Rifle Association and rogue gun stores are two of the culprits causing gun violence to increase, the executive director for Connecticut Against Gun Violence said Saturday, adding that residents must speak up to — or vote out — officials to demand change and save lives. …

James Hanton lamented he can’t yet vote and spur change because he’s still on parole. Tucker and others at the meeting encouraged Hanton and those on parole to continue fighting gun violence and speak with friends and family who can vote about town officials’ actions.

“Stay with the movement and keep fighting,” Tucker said.

Keep fighting for what exactly? From another report of the same gun control group meeting:

“This is what we do,” Sheldon Tucker jumped in. … “Part of what we’re doing right here. A lot of the work that we did is the reason people on parole can vote. It wasn’t like that years ago, so we got together and we fought and we fought and we fought,” he said, punching one fist into the other open hand for emphasis. “Until you can vote, still become a part of that movement. And then maybe, people on parole can vote; people in jail can vote,” he concluded to many murmurs of agreement.

When I read these articles, and I look up the records that show James Hanton convicted of burglary and larceny on multiple occasions that caused a couple of juries of his peers to demand he be locked up for 3 1/2 years, I really wonder how the leaders of groups like Connecticut Against Gun Violence can say with any sort of straight face that the NRA is to blame for crime in this country. For what it’s worth, Hanton is out on the streets after less than two years in jail. You’d think he’d see good in the fact that he’s out of prison rather than whining that he can’t vote yet.

10 thoughts on “Solution to Violence”

  1. Of course a burglar wants more gun control. Getting shot while stealing someone’s shit is a occupational hazard to minimize.

  2. I looked him up too and found out he has convicted for Burglary, First Degree (BF) in 1997.

    According to CT law Robbery First Degree is:
    a) A person is guilty of robbery in the first degree when, in the course of the commission of the crime of robbery as defined in section 53a-133 or of immediate flight therefrom, he or another participant in the crime: (1) Causes serious physical injury to any person who is not a participant in the crime; or (2) is armed with a deadly weapon; or (3) uses or threatens the use of a dangerous instrument; or (4) displays or threatens the use of what he represents by his words or conduct to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm

    It sounds like Mr. Hanton is looking out for his own best interests when advocating for gun control. After all, who wants to rob someone and find out the hard way they are armed?

  3. I know that a lot of people favor locking up criminals, but I for one would like to do away with prisons, and even State executions. Instead, I’d replace our punishment system with one that required criminals to recompense their victims, and that those criminals who refuse to recompense their victims, or who commit serious crimes, like murder, would become outlaws, and could be killed by the victim (or victim’s family) without legal action.

    Oh, but I do favor the idea that a person on such a “parole” wouldn’t be allowed to vote, until compensation is made.

    I know it’s something that I’d have no chance to implement, but I consider prison an unfit punishment for a free people!

  4. Why’s he gonna be allowed to vote again, ever? Convicted felon, isn’t he? No gun, no vote, too damn bad, should’ve thought before you initiated force.

    If there was a system of restitution, I’d be for restoring rights after they’d made their crime right — or as right as it could be short of never having done it. But there isn’t and guys like him should never get a voice. Or a gun.

  5. Well, there is a system by which he could apply for his 2A rights to be restored; but it’s been defunded every year by act of congress.

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