Last October, I sent a letter to various legislators and the governor expressing my concern for the safety of election officials and voters at the polls. (I'll tell you about that and the responses I got, later.) That letter was also published, here in the Insider. and in the Hartford Courant.
Given the rash of terrorists events since then, both here and abroad, my concerns have deepened. In the US alone, we've seen, according to The Johnson Report, eight terror attacks from Nov 4, 2015 thru July 7 of this year. These attacks left seventy seven dead and one hundred seven wounded. These figures include the terrorists. (The Ft. Meyers FL shooting is not included.)
Five of these terrorist attacks are attributed to Islamic extremists, one to the "right" wing and two to the "left" wing.
point; history and past experience should teach us that ISIS and its sympathizers rarely if ever reveal their spcific plans ahead of time. It would be foolish to assume that such horrific attacks as have been carried out in Europe, such as the recent truck massacre in Nice, France or the beheading of a priest at Notre Dame can't happen again, here in the good ol' USA.
Terrorists would send the message that no American is safe, anywhere, anytime.
With legislation allowing poll workers to carry arms while on duty not happening until 2017, if at all; and with statutes barring police presence at the polls, (not to mention the cost of it) how can we, as citizens, be pro-active in providing security for our fellow citizens on election day?
There are ten voting locations in Middletown and hundreds around the state. The odds of something happening at your poll are slim but the odds of something happening sometime, somewhere grow with each passing day. Let's not play the odds and take chances. We live in a new world, one fraught with danger from without and within. An ounce of prevention is indeed worth a pound of cure.
The letter also pointed out that police are not permitted in a polling location unless they are responding to a specific incident. This is clearly stated in the Moderator's Hand Book, which is derived from statute.
Finally, I asked them to consider introducing legislation allowing poll workers who have valid pistol permits to concealed carry while on duty.
Senator Markley though it was a good idea and pledged to introduce legislation in the 2017 regular session; it could not be done in the 2016 short session. Malloy and Bartolomeo did not respond, and Lesser pledged to make all polls "gun free" zones. His entire, absurd response appears, below.
Lesser's ridiculous response, followed by a scolding reply:
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 02:57
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 07:29