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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.

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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