DeLauro: Pay people $2,000 to turn in assault weapons

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, whose district includes a part of Shelton, will re-introduce the SAFER (Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education for our) Streets Act that would provide a tax credit to people who chose to turn in an assault weapon to law enforcement.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro

“Just days after the Newtown tragedy, President Obama asked, ‘Are we doing enough to protect our children?’ And he admitted the answer is no. That must change,” said DeLauro, a Democrat in her 13th term in the U.S. Congress.

“The SAFER Streets Act is a common-sense, constructive step to help ensure such a tragedy will never happen again,” she said. “This bill would get more assault weapons off the streets.”

‘A gun designed for a battlefield’

DeLauro made the announcement on the SAFER Streets Act on Monday, noting that was the start of National Public Health Week from April 6 to 12.

“Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense,” she said. “There is no reason on Earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield.

“These weapons were used in Newtown, Aurora (Colo.) and countless other mass shootings across America,” DeLauro said. “And they have been disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers in the line of duty. They have no place on the streets or in our homes.”

Idea suggested by CT resident

DeLauro first introduced the legislation during the last session of Congress. The SAFER Streets Act would create a $2,000 refundable tax credit ($1,000 for two consecutive years) for an assault weapon owner who gives their firearm to law enforcement.

The idea for the law was proposed to DeLauro by Connecticut resident Joe Bango, according to a press release from DeLauro’s congressional office.

DeLauro considers herself a longtime supporter of stronger laws to prevent gun violence.

She supports a comprehensive ban on assault weapons as well as high-capacity ammunition-feeding devices, closing the “gun show loophole” to ensure background checks are conducted on all gun purchases, and healthcare system improvements to better assist Americans struggling with mental health issues, according to the release.

DeLauro represents the Third Congressional District, which includes a part of Shelton and most of the greater New Haven region. She lives in New Haven and was first elected in 1990.

Most of Shelton is in the Fourth Congressional District, represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Greenwich. Himes was first elected in 2008. His district includes most towns in Fairfield County.

DeLauro: Pay people $2,000 to turn in assault weapons | Shelton Herald.

Greg Gutfeld: Gun Control Losing Because Americans Refuse to Feel Guilty over Self-Defense – Breitbart

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On April 3, Fox News’ host Greg Gutfeld explained that the media’s gun control arguments increasingly fall on deaf ears because Americans refuse to feel guilty over using guns for self-defense.

Gutfeld said, “No matter how hard the establishment media tries, they can’t convince good people how bad guns are when they’re in the right hands.”

He then explained that the American people, while supportive of the police, have simply come to realize that there are long seconds–and frequently, agonizing minutes–between the time they dial 911 and the time police arrive. Moreover, he stressed that Americans understand that in many instances the police will only be coming to count bodies–that any defense that is going to happen has to happen before badges, handcuffs, or sirens are on the scene.

Gutfeld suggested the gun control media’s inability to understand these things has only placed greater distance between their esoteric arguments and the American people. He said:

Perhaps the media misses the big point. They do their theorizing from the fish bowl of a well-protected studio and travel to and from work at reasonable hours through tiny neighborhoods in secure vehicles. The fine people of Detroit don’t have that luxury; they realize that any argument against arming yourself is full of holes, which is not the way they’d like to end up being.

Empirical support for Gutfeld’s claims can be seen in the pro-gun attitude taking hold in Detroit’s heavily black community right now. Breitbart News recently reported that concealed carry is surging in the black community, and no less a prominent figure than Detroit Police Chief James Craig explained that this is a seismic shift from how things have been historically.

In a tone similar to Gutfeld’s, Craig explained that Detroit residents have simply come to realize that good guys with guns really can protect their own lives and the lives of their neighbors. They have also realized that being armed helps bring stability to their community.

In the real world, these realizations are drowning out anything that gun controllers might say to the contrary.

Greg Gutfeld: Gun Control Losing Because Americans Refuse to Feel Guilty over Self-Defense – Breitbart.