The massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last December, continues to provide government with the perfect vehicle for taking away more freedoms. First it was gun control, as the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation making an already tough state gun control law even stricter. Now it’s the public’s right-to-know.
The Hartford Courant is reporting the administration of Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, along with the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office and General Assembly leaders, are working in secret on a bill that would withhold many of the records from the Newtown massacre from the public. The bill has not had the proper vetting process. There have been no public hearings, no committee talks, no nothing. Everything has been done in secret. There is even concern the bill might extend to the withholding of records from other major crimes committed in the state.
The administration and General Assembly leaders are playing off the fact most of the public is so absorbed in its own little world that they can get away with usurping these freedoms. Sadly, they may be correct.