Robert Crook, Head of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, Defends Ammo, Assault Weapons

Crook in recent days has said the media has overused the term “assault weapon” and that efforts to limit high capacity gun magazines is “asinine.”

While lawmakers and the general public grapple with calls for greater gun control in the wake of the Newtown shootings, Robert Crook, head of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, is emerging as a central figure in the statewide debate.

Crook in the past week has decried a proposal to tax certain kinds of ammunition, calling the idea “asinine.” He also has said the term “assault weapon” is partly a “media invention,” and has expressed confidence that a proposal to ban or limit high capacity gun magazines, which can hold dozens of rounds of ammunition in a single clip, will fail once the state’s attention on Newtown begins to quiet.

"We killed it once," the Hartford Courant quotes Crook saying about such a ban, "and I would suspect, once things quiet down a little bit, we'll probably do it again."

When state Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, who knows the parents of one of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, proposed the idea of a tax on high capacity rounds Crook publicly took the suggestion to task.

"We should be looking for solutions to the problems, not these asinine ideas," the Connecticut Mirror quotes Crook about Bye’s idea. "I don't think ammunition is a health hazard. We use it in hunting. We use it in target shooting. I don't know how you can call it a health hazard, unless it's used in something like this Newtown shooting."

Homeowners should have access to semi-automatic weapons, Crook said in this New Haven Register report, to safeguard against home invasions that involve more than one assailant.

“You want to have as much ammunition as possible,” Crook said.

Steve December 21, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Not surprising this gun lover uses the unfortunate phrase ""We killed it once,"..we'll probably do it again." The only asinine ideas I've heard act like there's good uses for all civilians to have assault/semi-automatic weapons...
Paul Proteus December 22, 2012 at 04:55 AM
You do realize Steve that almost all modern hand guns, from a .22 pistol to a 357 Magnum are semi-automatic right? And not to mention, in 2003, the last full year of the assault rifle ban there were 16,523 gun homicides in this country......5 years later (5 years after the assault rifle ban expired) in 2008 there were16,272......thats a few hundred less than when "assault weapons" were illegal.
Jon Crickmore December 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Ignorant people usually know nothing about guns. They listen to the liberal media and spout off how bad guns are. They don't look at the facts. The don't do any research they join the flock of sheep and follow along. Maybe these people should look how many people are killed every year by objects other then guns. How many shots did Timothy McVeigh fire when he killed 168 people ?? NONE. So banning guns is certainly asinine.
Kent Woolington December 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Have to agree with Paul, Steve sounds like one who "if it is on the major media outlet it must be true" types. Once again blame the tool and not the criminal. When evil people want to perform evil acts they will find the means, illegal or not. Just a good thing this kid was not a chemistry major, could have taken out the whole school and LEGALLY purchased everything at the drug store and supermarket. Maybe drug stores and supermarkets are next on their list to ban. Now Steve when you read this comment and say "wow, what a stupid response" go back and take a real hard look at yours. The NRA and many other folks I have heard on the news are correct, our children are our most important asset yet we do nothing to protect them. The argument that school districts can't afford such protection is also bunk. Cut out the six figure a year overhead and their five and six assistants and you have ample funds for protection.
James Bond December 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM
NRA=Non Reasonable Americans.
Paul Proteus December 22, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I'd venture say there are more ways to kill people without a firearm than with one.
James Bond December 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I totally agree,so lets ban the assault type weapons and ammo just in case.Your point that we don't need them is well taken.Thanks for coming over to the 'good guys' side.
Ken Hagenow December 22, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Here's a news flash for you all: Connecticut's "Assault Weapon Ban" enacted in 1994 is STILL in force. It has NEVER expired. A tragic but glaring example of "feel good" legislation. Hold those that passed this worthless law accountable for the false sense of security you thought you had.
Paul Proteus December 22, 2012 at 11:22 PM
James.....define "assault weapons" for me please....
James Bond December 23, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Those type of weapons designed for use by the military.I am in no way against anyone who,hunts deer for example.They're overpopulated in this state and I would support an exteneded hunting period or an increase in the amount taken during the season. No one can tell me that a weapon with the capability of killing multiple targets deer or otherwise is needed by the average citizen. Please don't quote the 2nd admendment crap,I know what it says and I strongly disagree with its interpretation and the attitude that banning anything will be the begining of the end of gun ownership in this country. My view is now becoming the majority in this country,so what will you do if those types of weapons and/or ammo are banned? If you own any will you turn them in? The mantra that we are law abiding citizens preached by the NRA would come into question? I bet none of them would turn them in,thus proving their claim as law abiding bogus. I've given you my answer. I did not name call or insult you. Most here just respond like junior high bullys with no thought beyond themslves. I also realilize your question is a loaded one...........no pun intended,but it is funny.
Paul Proteus December 23, 2012 at 05:06 AM
So weapons that have the capability of killing multiple targets should be banned?? Isn't that all guns???? Hell,most military servicemen carry .45 caliber handguns, shall we ban those too? I don't see this as a constitutional issue. I see this as an issue where real solutions are needed, not just solutions that make us feel better like an assault rifle ban. We had an assault rifle ban in this country for ten years. And the number of murders by firearm actually were UP during that time so don't tell me that this is a solution. I mean honestly, if assault weapons are made illegal, explain to me how that keeps anyone safer. Any competent gun user can reload a Glock just as fast or faster than an M16. The bullets will still kill people. Am I missing something? All this is just talk and conjecture and reactionary. Was anyone talking about our "gun problem" 2 weeks ago???? Very few. And unless you have been out doing some serious polling, please just speak for yourself, and not the "majority of the country" as you put it.
James Bond December 23, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Paul, 1.) Banning assault type weapons now is a step in the right direction. 2.) I never said anything about military personal not carrying weapons as long as its in a military situation. 3.) Read the papers,listen to the news; polls are showing a majority of Americans wanting some type of restrictions on the weapons being bought and sold. 4.) The when this discussion began doesn't matter,its a topic now.Life dosen't have a reset button. 5.) It keeps people safer,because there is one less gun held by someone with an issue. 6.) And finally this country,like it or not, must begin to address the mental health issues we have.Resources like attitudes must change....hopefully for the good of us all.
Paul Proteus December 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM
James. 1.) That is your opinion, you have given me no explanation as to how in anyway that would make us safer. 2.) You mentioned banning weapons used by the military from public ownership. The military issues a .45 caliber handgun as a sidearm. Would you like to ban it to? It is far from an assault rifle. 3. Yes they recommend some form of law change, as do I. That doesn't speak to what they prefer or whether either of us are right. 4. Yes this brought it to the forefront. The goal here should be for legislation that makes a difference, not just legislation that makes us feel good. 5. There is not one less gun in the world if you ban assault rifles. If anything, there are more. Cause instead of buying the "banned" assault rifle, for the same price, a person can by 2 or 3 hand guns. 6. I absolutely agree.
Ken Hagenow December 24, 2012 at 02:07 AM
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin
James Bond December 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Assault weapons are not an essential liberty.
James Bond December 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
1.)Fewer guns will lead to fewer muders and suicides. 2.) I answered that,please read above. 3.) Of course,there will be a debate.If the solution were simple it would probably be in place. 4.) Is not a reply just words so you could list a #4.Good laws do make you feel good. 5.) Crystal ball stuff P.S. Robert 'Crook' has to change his name.........lol
Paul Proteus December 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Where does it say that James???
REVMAN January 05, 2013 at 05:36 PM
It's about time they bring back the DRAFT 18+ year old girls & boys,then they will get the training on what is an assault weapon is, in fact they will have a vast knowledge of all weapons.Not only that we had what was called 4F and that should weed out all the mentally unfit kids that should never own a weapon(for life).Also they will find out why HALF of the world hates and wants to kill AMERICANS,then they can make a reasonable decision whether they want to own one.WANT TO MAKE BETS????
REVMAN January 07, 2013 at 03:45 PM
James --- Do all your 1 to 6 pertain to Attorney General Eric Holder and FAST & FURIOUS??? He allowed suspected smugglers to buy about 2,000 firearms(which are accountable for over 200 MURDERS), without intercepting the weapons,most of these were your so called assault weapons.Anything our government does for our good kind of scares me.
REVMAN January 08, 2013 at 04:43 PM
James bond The NRA has its faults but has ALWAYS preached gun safety ever hear about "Eddie Eagle" program.


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