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CNN Interviews NSSF President Steve Sanetti on Gun Control

by G&A Online Editors   |  April 9th, 2013 7

In these tumultuous times, it’s important for gun owners to have an intelligent, rational voice to speak up for their rights.

Lucky for us, we’ve got NSSF President Steve Sanetti.

In an interview with CNN’s Deborah Feyerick, Sanetti offered his take on the state of affairs for gun owners in Connecticut.

Specifically, Sanetti touched on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.—where the NSSF is coincidentally headquartered—and urged lawmakers not to bend at the whim of a madman.

“What happened was a horrible, horrible, unspeakable tragedy. It’s a human tendency to try to want to make some sort of meaning out of a meaningless, senseless, brutal act,” Sanetti said. “But I do think they’re lashing out at the wrong people and the wrong objects. … Less than 3 percent of rifles are ever used in a violent crime of any sort, and yet, they’re demonizing the rifles because they look bad. They look like machine guns, which they’re not.”

Sanetti added the recently passed law in Connecticut—which bans over 100 firearms and limits magazine capacities to 10 rounds, among other regulations—will do little to prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook.

When the law was signed by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Thursday, April 4, the NSSF issued a statement regarding gun control legislation and its effect on violent crime—or its ineffectiveness.

“Gov. Dannel Malloy today signed into law a package of gun-control legislation that was assembled in secret by a small group of state legislators and that never received a public hearing. Most legislators had little time to even read the actual bill language,” the NSSF wrote. “The unfortunate results of this process, which made it appear that all points of view were being heard when in fact true expertise was shut out when it was most needed, means that mistakes in what is now enacted law will have to be corrected.”

One example, the NSSF wrote, is that the new law provides procedures by which vendors are required to carry out universal background checks in private transactions. However, that measure conflicts with federal law and essentially keeps private transactions from being carried out legally.

“We share the goal of wanting to make Connecticut safer for our citizens following the unspeakable tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School,” the NSSF said. “In the end, however, public safety has not been enhanced and the unintended consequences of behind-closed-doors lawmaking will cause considerable confusion until the General Assembly corrects its mistakes.”

In his interview with CNN, Sanetti built on the NSSF’s statements by offering a common sense approach to gun regulations, focusing on the mental health aspect and a reformed background check system.

“Mental health records are not in the system. They’re supposed to be in the system for the last 20 years, but you find that most states—for valid privacy purposes—are not transmitting the mental health records in a searchable format so that when a background check is done, they can say whether or not this person is mentally qualified to have the gun,” Sanetti said. “We think that’s a scandal. We need to fix the background check system to import those mental health records with due concern for the privacy and [ethics] of mental health treatment. But we need to get those records in the system so that a dealer isn’t inadvertently delivering a gun to someone who’s mentally disturbed.”

Check out the full interview from CNN.

  • ER

    Add mental health records to the NICS, remove artificial “gun free zones” to allow authorized and licensed armed citizens to exercise the same rights they already are everywhere else with no ill effect and focus on prosecuting those who willfully violate the background checks already in place.

    THEN we can discuss expanding background checks in a fashion that prohibits a registry and does not run afoul of constitutional and civil rights and drop the sense-less focus on prohibiting rifles and magazines commonly owned by millions of law abiding individuals and posing no threat whatsoever to society. We could also focus on real solutions to the problems plaguing inner cities which have nothing to do with restricting lawful ownership of firearms.

    • skp_fstr

      Eating disorders were considered mental heath issues in the agenda. And just who gets to decide what’s a mental health issue is? Could be an obsession with being with your kids….ever think of that ? SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED !!!!! “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” Benjamin Franklin

  • Pocono Shooting Range

    Gun Control is Unconstitutional

    Shall not be Infringed = Not limited, Not restricted, Not Controlled.

    Well Regulated = Well manned and Equipped. (not govt controlled)

    Militia = All gun owners capable and willing to fighting. (not enlisted men under contract)

    Arms = Ordinary Military Equipment (not crew operated)

    These definitions came out of the 1939 United States vs Miller Supreme Court case.

    • skp_fstr

      Hate to contradict but, “well regulated” at the time it was written , meant ‘well operating’ as in a “well regulated clock”. Was some what slang for the time. Notes indicate that the intention was every citizen be involved as duty to country.

      • Orville Thomas

        Another contradiction. At the time, “Well regulated” also meant “well equipped”.

  • skp_fstr

    WOW !!! Even this guy is part of it !!! Anyone that’s followed the Sandyhook Hoax knows there was alegedly two pistols on him ONLY. The aleged rifle was in the car that his MOM OWNED? Just how far does this DC mafia reach? Anyone cares to dig into it like I have would already know that THAT many inconsistancies and coincidences means coverup. Anyone see kids being evacuated? How bout Columbine? Oh HELL yes…….V T?Oh HELL yes…This is 2013, think we could do better than ONE still photo of maybe a dozen kids? And over 50 minutes of helicopter coverage? OH YEAH !!! And what about the guy in the footage carryng a child sized dummy across the parking lot and putting it on a gourney? can you spell AGENDA and DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND (SS) SECURITY?
    Look for a letter written by a retired Captain named Captain Terry M Hestlow to his senator, John Comyn. THIS will and SHOULD SHOCK AND SCARE you !!!!

  • Laurie Lee Dovey

    Amen to “thank goodness we have the National Shooting Sports Foundation”. They’re doing yeoman work on our behalf.

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