Firearm owners increasingly feel like Progressives in America have no visible sense of fairness, equality or basic ethics. In the shouting match that is modern politics, it can be tricky to point to hard evidence of these facts. Well, today you’re going to get that hard evidence, and you aren’t going to like it.
The state of Connecticut has definitively proven that they treat gun owners and gun protestors differently under the same letter of the law.
A Progressive Gets Unhinged
Connecticut recently had a state-level hearing to discuss new gun laws and regulations. As you might imagine, residents from both sides of the aisle showed up to support their views. There was a good mix of card-carrying NRA members and purple-haired progressives. Among that crowd was one progressive in particular who lost her cool (big surprise, right?). She sent out a mass text saying, “If I had a gun, I’d blow away Sampson and a large group of NRA.”
For clarity, Senator Rob Sampson was one of the key political figures in the discussion. He’s a stout defender of the Second Amendment, so naturally his very existence triggered the progressives. Since this text spread like wildfire, it was ultimately brought to the attention of the authorities. They dismissed it without taking any legal action.
It’s arguable whether or not this was the right course of action. There’s a clear threat that names a victim and threatens a mass killing. According to Democrats, this constitutes terrorism, so authorities would be within their reach to make an arrest. On the other hand, free speech is important. You can draw your own line.
Meet Ted Taupier
What’s going to set your brain on fire is learning about this other story in Connecticut. Resident Ted Taupier was going through a nasty divorce. The judge presiding over the divorce, Elizabeth Bozzuto, gave an order that he could have no contact with his children for at least three months. As you might imagine, Taupier was angry with this decision. He also sent a potentially threatening text, but he only sent it to one person. It was ultimately shared without his consent. It read, “Bozzuto lives in Watertown with her boys and Na! … There [are] 245 [yards] between her master bedroom and a cemetery that provides cover and concealment. They could try and put me in jail but that would start the ringing of a bell that can be undone.”
The parallels between this text and the previous are pretty obvious. Despite the similarity, Taupier was arrested at the hands of multiple SWAT teams. By his estimate, at least 30 law enforcers came to his house to arrest him. All of his firearms were seized and his bail was set at $1 million. He was never charged with a crime.
Stop for a minute and review this. Connecticut used a red-flag law to arrest a man, seize his property and effectively fine him $1 million without ever charging a crime. According to Connecticut law, he did nothing wrong, but this was still the outcome.
Thought Police and Wrongthink
Now, let’s really compare these two cases. One saw no follow through at all. The other was clearly an overreach of government power. What was the real difference in the two texts? Well, one was more public and threatened multiple people. It also espoused popular leftist talking points. They love discussing mass murder and outright tyranny over anyone who disagrees with them. The other text was private, involved one person and expressed the “wrong” political opinion.
There’s no mistake to make here. Connecticut lawmakers fit the leftist bill to a tee, and they used that law to enforce thought crime. Taupier was not arrested for even allegedly committing a crime. He was arrested for thinking and texting the wrong thing, and Connecticut law eviscerated his rights and protected the law enforcers who wrongfully seized his property.
When people say that gun control is really people control, this is exactly what they mean. Red flag laws are especially dangerous because they’re specifically designed to circumvent due process. We’ve seen countless examples of how left-leaning local and state governments execute the law. They’ve never had a problem turning a blind eye to their own while they abuse their power to attack anyone who disagrees with them.
One more time for anyone who still doesn’t get it. Connecticut used an arbitrary, biased selection process to punish one of its own residents for wrongthink. When a progressive did literally the same thing, nothing happened. This is the modern left, and now you know why conservatives and gun owners feel like the world is unfair for them.