I would like to commend State Sen. Andy Maynard for his recent no vote on the Connecticut gun control legislation. It is very easy for lawmakers to be swayed by emotion and sentiment, but that is not how government is supposed to work. Government should be slow and deliberate, well thought out, and not governed by emotion. Legislation should be implemented only after ensuring the ability of the legislation to actually address the problem at hand, assessing and weighing potential downstream consequences, and ensuring that the resulting legislation is enforceable.
The recent state gun control legislation was none of the above. It was not slow and deliberate. It was an emotional rush to take some action - any action - that would make people feel better about a horrifically tragic event. It did nothing to actually address the underlying problems that led to the event, or to ensure that such a tragedy would not be repeated. In addition, aspects of the legislation are simply unenforceable. Sen. Maynard recognized this and voted his conscience and principles. Although I was appalled at the Newtown tragedy and my heart aches for the victims and their families, I applaud Sen. Maynard's actions.