Despicable? Sure, which is why he’ll be running for the Connecticut Legislature next term

Or Congress. Attorney Irving Pinsky filed suit last week against state taxpayers for $100 million to compensate a six-year-old girl who heard the massacre of her schoolmates over sandy Hook’s intercom system. Pinsky withdrew his claim on Monday in the face of vehement denunciations ( Attorney Dick Mehan’s comment that the suit “makes me ashamed to say I’m a trial lawyer” was one of the milder disapprobations tossed his way), but is his rush to capitalize on this tragedy different from others’?

The Greenwich Time has been “all Newtown, all the time” and selling advertising while weeping crocodile tears over the loss of human life.

The Newtown police union wants to add traumatic stress syndrome to the definition of occupational injury in its contract, and wasted no time demanding that expanded definition.

Our legislators, eager to avoid addressing a $1.2 billion budget deficit, have pledged to devote their efforts to “responding” to the shootings, regardless of whether their response is effective or not.

Lawmakers need to move quickly while the public is paying attention and willing to weigh in on proposed changes, said Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, soon to be House speaker.

State Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, and Rep. Bob Godfrey, D-Danbury, are calling for a package of changes to the state’s firearms and ammunition laws.

Their proposals include prohibiting the sale and possession of any rifle, shotgun or pistol magazine with a capacity of more than 10 rounds; expanding the definition of assault weapon; imposing a 50-cent sales tax on the sale of ammunition and firearms magazines; requiring a permit to purchase ammunition; and prohibiting online purchases of ammunition.

Most of these proposed laws will only affect and punish target shooters: limitations on bulk purchase of ammunition, online or otherwise and limiting magazine capacity to ten rounds; or will be useless – redefining the term “assault rifle”, a made-up description for guns that look scary; or merely to dig up a little revenue for that aforementioned budget deficit: a fifty-cent tax on ammo and firearm magazines. I certainly don’t pretend to know what demons possessed the Newtown shooter but I’m confident that once he determined to break laws banning possession of guns by a minor, theft, murder, assault, battery and violation of the school’s “gun-free zone”, paying an extra fifty-cents for ammunition wouldn’t have deterred him (besides, he stole the stuff from his mother, possibly to avoid paying even the ordinary 6.5% sales tax).

State Attorney General George Jepsen said in a statement Monday that while the families affected by the tragedy deserve a “thoughtful and deliberate examination” of the cause of the shooting, the claims commissioner “is not the appropriate venue.”

Jepsen’s right: the poor families do deserve a thoughtful and deliberate examination of the cause of the shooting (I’d start by looking under “evil” in the bible): nothing supplied so far by our local newspaper, our legislators or even (!) trial lawyers is furthering that goal.


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21 responses to “Despicable? Sure, which is why he’ll be running for the Connecticut Legislature next term

  1. You must have missed the memo. Evil was eliminated from the lexicon sometime around the Clinton administration, except of course in reference to republicans or private enterprise. It may be expanded to include voluntary economic exchange over the next four years. Stay tuned.

  2. LAK

    There is so much to talk about here.
    When I read about this $100 mil lawsuit I was literally sick.
    My uncle just recently moved to Arizona where lots of people walk freely packing a gun. He tells me sometimes he’s afraid to walk into a conveience store bc he cant tell if theres gonna be a robbery.
    Security Guards in schools? What the hell are they gonna do? Break up fights? What else?
    You might see a few more people inquiring about home schooling. Maybe.

  3. As I scrape the dog shit off my shoe on the edge of a sidewalk, I will think of Irving Pinsky.

  4. Walt

    Dude –
    This is despicable, amoral, offensive, and beyond disgusting. Jackie Chiles Dude!!

    This Irving Pinsky makes me ashamed to be a Jew. And I am not a Jew, as far as I know. But I am circumcised, so maybe I am. And I like bagels. Lox not so much.

    How does a human being try to capitalize on this tragedy? And what parent names their kid Jill Doe? She is destined to be a stripper.

    You can’t protect against crazy. What happened was tragic. For someone to try and monetize it is beyond disgusting.

    Irving will find a special place in hell.

    Your Pal,

  5. GPD Folk

    A small number of Newtown’s Police Officers have not returned to work since this incident and are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, They have not been employed long enough to have accumulated enough sick time and in short order will stop receiving their paychecks. Their union’s attorney has asked that PTSD be added to the Worker’s Compensation Statute so that Officers will remain on the Department payroll. A similar situation occurred when the Stamford cop shot the chimp that had mauled Charla Nash. The statute offered no provision for a shooting other than a human being.

    • Having never quite gotten over my own version of trauma back in 1988, I sympathize. It was the timing I questioned and besides, their claims fit into the general theme of the post – collateral damage, to use an unfortunate phrase.

    • Anonymous

      I’d give those first responders ANYTHING they ask for. They saw the carnage and will have to live with those awful visions the rest of their life. It’s the very least we could do.

      As the the scumbag family of Jill Doe, their desire to make $ on the backs of the deaths of 20 children while their child lived is about as perverse as Obama calling that day the worst day of HIS presidency. Obama, Pinsky, and the parents of Jill Doe should ride off into the sunset. Sick. Sick. Sick.

    • Mickster

      Our police should have the same rights as our soldiers, firemen and medical staff who have to deal with these situations. Why is there a difference? Do our soldiers suffering from PTSD get Worker’s Comp?

      • Well, it’s not exactly workers comp…but we are supposed to be taken care of. And you are correct. Our society makes a social contract with military, law enforcement and fire/rescue. They receive lifetime benefits that no other public servant should get. Namely, because those members of our society are the only ones who openly agree to risk their lives in order to serve, protect, defend, and/or rescue others in our society.

        And PTSD comes with those jobs. It should be covered.

  6. Irving thinks teachers should have mace. That would have surely stopped the shooter.

  7. Anonymous

    The Connecticut Constitution:

    SEC. 1. All men when they form a social compact, are equal in rights; and no man or set of men are entitled to exclusive public emoluments or privileges from the community.

    SEC. 15. Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.

    Not that it matters. It’s the effing kakistocracy at work.

  8. Anonymous

    Which political party made the schools “Gun Free Zones?”
    Fudrucker? Bueller? Anyone?

  9. AJ


    “…In addition to purchasing 450 million rounds of hollow point .40 caliber ammo, the U.S. government has also purchased:

    • Over one million rounds of hollow-point .223 rifle ammo
    • Over half a million rounds of non-hollow-point .223 rifle ammo
    • 220,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun #7 ammo (target ammo)
    • Over 200,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun #00 buckshot ammo (tactical anti-personnel ammo)
    • 66,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun slugs (tactical anti-personnel, anti-vehicle rounds)
    • Over two million rounds of hollow-point .357 Sig JPH (hollow-point) pistol ammo (anti-personnel)
    • Over four million rounds of .40 S&W JPH (hollow-point) pistol ammo (anti-personnel)
    • Over 60,000 rounds of .308 match grade anti-personnel sniper rounds (BTHP)
    • Plus, hundreds of thousands of additional rounds of .38 special, .45 auto, 9mm, 7.62×39 (AK rifle) ammo, and others.”

    And remember kiddies hollow points are for your saftey. They expand on impact and won’t pass through the bad guys, leaving innocent bystanders unharmed in even the fiercest of our paramilitary enforcement actions.

  10. Anonymous

    Another useful distraction for the chattering classes to vehemently occupy discussion forums and distract from really looking at the events and addressing that maybe – just maybe – Sandy Hook was false flag operation run by an evil government.

  11. AJ

    “Following the recent school shooting in Connecticut, American citizens have once again displayed their total ignorance concerning the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Second Amendment. Facebook postings, comments to so-called news articles and letters to the editor are calling for repeal of the Second Amendment. These individuals believe the right to own a firearm is based on the Second Amendment and the right will vanish if the Amendment can be repealed. Unless the Second Amendment created the right, then repeal of the Amendment cannot constitutionally abolish the right…”

    “… Of these, numbers 2-12 were ratified by the States in 1791 and became the so-called Bill of Rights.

    A little known fact about this resolution is that it contained a preamble declaring the purpose of the proposed amendments. Most modern editions of the Bill of Rights either do not contain the preamble or only include the last paragraph. The most important paragraph is the first one because it discloses the intent of the proposed amendments….”

    “…The amendments, if adopted, would place additional restraints or limitations on the powers of the federal government to prevent that government from usurping its constitutional powers. Every clause of the Bill of Rights, without exception, is either a declaratory statement or a restrictive provision….”

    “…In reality, the Bill of Rights placed additional or secondary restraints on the powers of the federal government concerning the rights of the people and powers reserved to the States. That is why the words “no,” “not” and “nor” appear throughout the Amendments instead of the word “granted.”

    Since the Second Amendment did not create or grant any right concerning firearms, the right enumerated in the Amendment has to be an existing right separate from the Amendment. Thus, repealing the Second Amendment would not eliminate any right because the right enumerated in the Amendment was not created by the Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms exists independent of the Constitution or the Second Amendment…”

    There has been and continues to be an aggressive, outright attack on the second, fourth and fifth amendments. The Bill of Rights is your civil rights, in writing. What is wrong with you f-ing lefties: I though none were stronger supporters of civil rights than you. Civil rights are not just for black people — without them your life is worth less than that of a horse.

    • Mark B.

      Greatest link of all time. Thanks AJ.
      I have been grumbling about this for years, every time somebody mentions their “Second Ammendment right”. If I tried to explain to the guys on the gun forum I participate in that 2A does not grant them the mentioned right, I’d be shouted off before I could explain how sacred the right actually is – that it existed before the framers knew what a gun was. What the government does is actually more abhorrent to me than just “violating” that right – they simply ignore it.

      • The Constitution granted no rights to citizens, rather, it acknowledged and recognized pre-existing rights belonging to individuals. No wonder, then, that “progressives” speak of “a living constitution” which can be reshaped to suit their concept that all rights derive from the state, which can grant, and take away, individuals’ rights as elected officials deem fit.

        • Mark B.

          We are living through a more amazing period than any other I have seen in 55 years – a subject that has heretofore been barked about mainly in the circles of “gun enthusiasts” has found its way to the forefront of national debate. The next several months will define our nation (even sounds crazy to me!).
          Funny – when Cuomo and Feinstein allude to the word “confiscation” (by whatever variant) do they realize the are justifying the existence of capable arms in the hands of the free? That they are inadvertantly setting the horrid “assault rifle” on the road to a different history than they intended?

  12. Peg

    BTW – I don’t know this scumbag Pinsky…. but how on earth can this family be involved with this?!?! They should feel as if they are the luckiest people on the planet that they have their child, when so many face a lifetime of sorrow. While I’m sure that their child was terrifically traumatized by the attack, still…. I guess some people just can’t stop the stupid from oozing out.