In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting last year in Newtown, CT, the Newtown Legislative CouncilÂ has adopted a new firearms ordinance to make the town “more safe” by limiting recreational shooting. Yes, you read that correctly.
From WCVB Boston, emphasis added:
Town officials in Newtown have unanimously approved a firearms ordinance limiting recreational shooting.
The News Times reports that Legislative Council President Jeff Capeci said Monday that the ordinance balanced the views of those seeking to protect their Second Amendment rights and others who worry about safety and nuisance problems.
Hundreds of people offered about 200 hours of testimony for the ordinance in the town where 20 children and six educators were fatally shot in an elementary school last December.
The ordinance says no resident may shoot for more than four hours after police are notified and shooting is limited to one person at a time. Target backstops are required and must be 10 feet above the target.
No shooting is allowed within a half-mile of a school.
When will the nonsense end? Now the people of Newtown must notify the police if they are going to shoot, and only one person can shoot at a time? Will someone please explain to me how this new ordinance would have prevented the deaths of those 20 children and six adults? Anyone?
The fact is, no laws will prevent such tragedies. This is just more feel good, do nothing absurdity. Hopefully this new ordinance will be challenged in court, and blatantly disregarded by the residents of Newtown.
In other news, the NSSF announced thatÂ 1 million new hunters have been introduced to hunting thanks to the Families Afield program. Because of this program, 1 million new responsible hunters and potential firearms owners have been added in the past decade by this program alone.
This is a great example of how firearms can positively affect a community – no government, or ridiculous laws, required. Newtown Legislative Council, take notice. You want to build a safer community for the children of Newtown? Teach them to handle and use firearms safely.