My name is Bill Stevens, I live in Newtown.
My fifth grade daughter was in lockdown on december 14th 2012. Unfortunately, her classmates little sister was murdered in Sandy Hook that day when Lockdown and 911 weren’t enough to protect her from an evil person—not protect her from an assault rifle or some type of inanimate object but from an evil person. Quite different from the elaborate security you all enjoy here at the capitol. It was fun getting frisked on the way in.
I’m not here to site the crime statistics, lives saved with guns or the economic impact of the proposed, asinine legislation [some of the gun control bills you have proposed]. I will however, read from the Connecticut state Constitution. Section 15 reads very clearly—we all know what the second amendment says, but section 15 in the state constitution says very clearly, “Every citizen has a right to bear arms, in defense of himself and the state.” There’s no registration, there’s no permitting and there is no background checks—it’s quite clear.
I’m frankly shocked by some of the testimony today. In case some here failed American history, there’s something called the constitution and the bill of rights and a process by which to amend it. The same goes for the state Constitution. These rights are inalienable and endowed by our creator, not you politicians—to all citizens regardless of gender, race or creed. In order to limit the rights of citizens there is something called due process and legislation is not due process—you wanna take my rights away, lets go to court. And with regard to due process the final report with all of the facts on Sandy Hook will not likely be issued until this summer. It was stated clearly in the news papers. How can any legislation be passed in good faith or good conscience without all of the facts? Again, gun ownership is a constitutional right but it’s not for everyone—that’s ok, and shouldn’t make gun owners suspects regardless of how many guns they have or how much ammunition they may have. My guns are not dangerous, they are at home, locked up, collecting dust and cat hair.
But criminals and tyrants…tyrants especially, beware! Lockdown is not an option at the Stevens residence—and 911 will be dialed after security of my home has been established. Why is that same security my daughter enjoys at home with her dad not available at school in Newtown? That is what you should be considering not making her dad a criminal. Charlton Heston made the phrase “…from my cold dead hands” famous—and I will tell you here today, you will take my ability to protect my Victory from my cold dead hands!