From eggs to assault rifles; it’s a direct path
1971 egg throwing incident deemed a disqualifier for gun ownership.
HARTFORD — A longtime gun owner who recently had his permit revoked over a 1971 Halloween egg fight was the inspiration for an amendment to the state’s new gun law.
James E. Gorham, a 61-year-old Norwalk gun collector and target shooter, got a letter in January ordering him to turn in his guns; his one instance of teenage mischief disqualified him from legal gun ownership.
“I was first contacted by the Norwalk Police Department before I got a certified letter from the State Police,” said Gorham, a businessman. “It was a real surprise. They told me I had been involved in domestic violence and I told them, ‘You’ve got the wrong person.’ ”
The letter referred to a misdemeanor charge for the egg fight, for which Gorham paid a $10 fine when he was 19.
…But his plight caught the attention of House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, who successfully introduced a change in gun legislation that will allow people like Gorham, with lower-level misdemeanors adjudicated before 1994 that do not involve drugs or firearms, to hold onto their guns.
That’s nice for Mr. Gorham, but the law applies only to misdemeanors committed 20 years ago or more; a misdemeanor after that date will permanently ban someone from owning a gun? The majority of Connecticut residents could care less, I know – any gun removed from an owner is a good thing, but when one constitutional right is taken away, others will be next, and some of those you may value more. Want to buy birth control pills? Have an abortion? You can only do so because the Supreme Court found a “right to privacy” hidden in the Fifth (and 14th) Amendments that guarantee us the right to due process of law. Same for you homos out there who wish to engage in consensual sexual activity. Uneasy with the NSA wiretapping and reading your emails? Thank the Fourth Amendment.
The erosion of our liberties is ongoing and increasing, and not just under the Obama administration, although the recent exposure of his using the IRS to harass political enemies and the NSA evesdropping program bring that erosion into sharp focus. First Amendment vs. politically correct language laws (see, e.g., “homo”, above, used deliberately). The First Amendment is taking a beating, especially in our universities. Property rights vs. state mandated mixing of economic classes? Welcome to Greenwich. And so on.
So it’s not about guns, it’s about liberty. In this case, it really is about the principle.