Letter: Gun control legislation shoved down our throats
I oppose HB 1589, a bill requiring background checks for all firearms transfers, but let me share how legislation is being handled in Concord by House Commerce Committee Chairman Ed Butler.
First, this is not New Hampshire legislation. It is a bill written by Connecticut’s Newtown Promise organization and New York’s Michael Bloomberg, working with New Castle Promise. Their mission is a total gun ban and citizen disarmament via incrementalism.
We do not have a gun problem in New Hampshire, and these gun laws are ineffective and only create more crime. The committee members supporting this, like Rep. Richard McNamara of Hillsboro who has probably never held a gun, want to make it look like they are doing something. I for one, a grandchild of Holocaust survivors, completely understand that gun control is not about guns – it is about control.
This legislation is being shoved down our throats. Butler has used appalling tactics such as last-minute canceled meetings, hastily written amendments and putting language to committee members minutes before a committee meeting is held so members are unable to analyze it. This is a total disservice to the people of this state. Underhanded and dishonest tactics are being used to get something passed in order to set the framework in statute to add more stringent laws later on. Gun owners of New Hampshire beware: These people will stop at nothing to turn New Hampshire into Connecticut and New York.