I respect representatives who communicate on a real level.
I stand by my comment that Rep-elect Gregory’s timing was in poor taste, but I appreciate his explanation: Charles’ Commentary. Some highlights are below. Comically, I literally laughed out loud when I got to the bullet point clarifying he was not raised in a religious cult. I in no way ever heard that, but his candor and putting everything out on the table is refreshing.
Let me start out by saying that my wife and I have three (3) young children; two (2) of them currently attend public elementary school. Like so many of you, news of the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary has affected both of us deeply. It was a terrible, senseless tragedy that, like parents all over America, has us holding our children very close this holiday season. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and everyone that has been touched in any way.
Let me also clarify that, contrary to the media hype, the introduction of these bills is not in response to what happened in CT. I campaigned on a pro-liberty, pro-2nd Amendment platform and have been working on this legislation on-and-off for months. HB26-29 had just received their final review from legislative council at the time of the shooting. [...]
I am going to attempt to dispel a few myths I have seen passed off by various sensationalist journalists and mis-informed posters; contrary to statements that suggest otherwise:
- HB28 & HB29 do not force churches and/or colleges to allow guns on their property; they simply return private property rights to the owners of the property. In other words, the church or the school gets to decide, just like virtually everywhere else in the state.
- The proposed legislation does not legalize or promote gun violence.
- The proposed legislation has nothing to do with alcohol.
- The proposed legislation in no way forces anyone to own or carry a gun.
- I was not raised in a religious cult.
- I do not believe the world is going to end any time soon.
- I do not believe we are in imminent danger of going to war with the federal government.