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Connecticut: Guns, Crime and Justice [or the lack thereof]

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On Jan 15, 2015 Matthew Shultz walked out of Connecticut Department Of Corrections custody a free man with only one requirement as a condition of his release, that being to report to a halfway house. To many, especially the family and friends of the man Shultz murdered, this was the last in a long line of injustices they have suffered since the death of their loved one, George Jacques Sr. A brief history to set the stage begins in 1994. Matthew Shultz admitted that he killed George Jacques Sr. by stabbing him more than 30 times and running him over with a pickup truck during a gasoline station robbery in Ellington CT. State police said Shultz had no criminal record, but had been fired from his job at the Sunoco station months earlier after it was discovered that money was missing. Some might say that the first injustice occurred when Shultz was allowed to plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and first- degree robbery in order to avoid the death penalty or a life sentence and received a 32 1/2 year sentence instead. The prosecution argued that it was a cold-blooded and premeditated murder in retaliation for his firing. Shultz’s history of psychiatric problems, including suicidal tendencies, weighed heavily in the plea agreement, two psychiatrists hired by the defense had concluded that Shultz was under “extreme emotional disturbance” during the killing. However, when that sentence was then reduced to 20 years, reportedly based on his “model inmate” status, it was perceived as a further injustice. The final injustice came when he was released with no other restrictions than the halfway house, completely ignoring the recommendations from the parole and victims rights boards, which included electronic monitoring, anger management and drug/alcohol counselling.

The family is petitioning for the revocation of Matthew Shultz’s parolee status until all of those recommendations are put in place. If you are a Connecticut resident or know people in Connecticut, the family asks that you sign and/or share the petition to help them regain some measure of justice that has been repeatedly denied them. They are petitioning the State Legislature, Chief States Attorney and Governor Malloy to “Revoke the current status of Matthew Shultz until which time as all parole board and victims rights recommendations have been addressed and followed.”

So, what does this sad tale tell us about the state of affairs in Connecticut, or in the United States as a whole for that matter? First, no gun was used, so guns are obviously not the problem in this case, yet many focus on guns and use criminals and mental illness as excuses to restrict/regulate guns. Second, what possible rationale can be used to release a man back into society who is a confessed murderer with known psychiatric problems without any of the rehabilitative or societal protection recommendations being followed? Yes, he may have been a “model inmate” which only shows that he can behave in a controlled environment, but gives no assurance of the same behavior in an unrestricted societal environment. Finally, this case illustrates that even with parole and victims rights guidelines in place, their recommendations carry no binding authority. Such is the “window dressing” of much of our governmental, judicial and correctional institutions. So, now Connecticut has yet another known to be violent and emotionally unstable citizen walking among them. One of many I’m sure. Yet, rather than address the real issues, they focus their attention on the regulation, restriction and registration of guns. Perhaps bringing light to this case may shine some light on the dark injustices inherent in the gun control agenda. If people truly want to save lives and protect the people of Connecticut and America as a whole, then they should refocus their attention to the sources rather than excuses. It’s time to take a good hard look at our legal system, from plea deals and sentencing to correctional rehabilitation and extended incarceration of those who continue to pose a threat to society with or without guns. It’s time to take a good hard look at the mental health system, not with an eye towards denying gun ownership, but rather with a view towards protecting society from threats and getting help for those with mental issues. As long as people focus on the gun, people like Matthew Shultz remain free to kill with knives and vehicles, bats and bare hands. It is time to start addressing the threats and finding solutions rather than attacking JUST ONE of many tools available for such people to inflict misery, pain and death upon innocents whose means of self-protection are restricted and harshly regulated.

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Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.

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