To The Daily Sun,
This is an open letter to Republican Rep. Carolyn Halstead of Milford.
I read the article about you dropping your loaded gun in the hearing room at the Statehouse where a discussion was taking place on full-day kindergarten.
Evidently, in taking off your back pack it knocked the loaded gun that was on your hip to the floor. It was extremely lucky for the young children and others in the room that it did not go off.
Your reaction was: "I apologize; I don't normally carry a backpack. That's not a good combination. Lesson learned."
Really, that's what you think the problem was; the backpack? Representative Halstead, I think you missed the point. The problem is the gun you were carrying. I'm pretty sure no one has been seriously hurt or killed by a backpack.
I found it alarming that you felt the need to even wear the gun into that particular hearing, knowing there were little children there who would pose no threat to you. Please answer this question. "Couldn't you have, just for this particular meeting, have left the gun somewhere else?"
One of the constant refrains from those who do not want any restrictions on guns is that most gun owners are responsible and knowledgeable about gun safety. Well, you were not.
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