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 Senator 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.

Ex Republican December 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Crook, to put some meat into your general statement so we can believe you, please cite specific circumstances whereby homeowners having access to semi-automatic weapons and having as much ammunition as possible on hand has safeguarded their home against invasions that involving more than one assailant. Then, just for fun, compare that to the number of people killed on average annually by semi automatic weapons. Time for facts and not rhetoric Crook and stop watching those Quentin Tarantino movies! That is not reality. However, I agree that a tax on high capacity rounds is rather stupid. Taxes merely create opportunities for more illegal enterprises.
Jay December 21, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Some of us have had the experience of war and defending ourselves and others from attack. We learned, again and again, that even with every defense conceivable it was still possible for a dedicated suicidal assailant to succeed. It, literally, is a cost of being involved. That is true of war, where suicidal attacks are common by both sides and honored. What we are talking about is a defending against a suicide attack by the mentally ill. It is rare and can be reduced still more by improved identification and intervention methods but they still will happen.
Art Kuever December 22, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I think this may be the first time that I agree with you Jay.
Jay December 22, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Thank you -


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