Guns' Owner College Teacher -- Couran...

Guns' Owner College Teacher -- Courant.com

There are 11 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Oct 19, 2007, titled Guns' Owner College Teacher -- Courant.com. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Timothy L. Jacobs, charged Thursday with illegal possession of three assault weapons after police removed 350 guns from a house and barn on Highland Avenue last week, is an associate professor of sociology at ...

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TCMots

United States

#1 Oct 19, 2007
According to the Courant article Jacobs' "attorney, John Maxwell, argued for a lower bail, saying his client has had serious psychological problems for years..."

Possessing 350 firearms, while having "serious psychological problems," doesn't sound like a particularly stable mix to me. Jacobs appears to have broken no rules, other than the assault weapon ban. However, his ability to possess so many firearms, given his reported psychological state of affairs, is a bit troubling.

I don't know that any particular legislative remedy would apply to this situation. I also don't believe that firearm ownership by unstable individuals is a unique or isolated condition. Finding a non-Orwellian litmus test to protect society in general, and troubled individuals from themselves, merits some consideration and discussion by all of us.

I am not advocating any particular position on gun ownership. I simply believe that the several elements were present for a tragedy to unfold. Everyone is fortunate that the volatile mix of psychological issues, domestic problems and firearms did not reach critical mass. We should all think about, and discuss in a civil manner, what reasonable options might be available to help prevent a future tragedy where similar situational elements co-exist.
Stoney

San Jose, CA

#2 Oct 19, 2007
TCMots--thank you for an objective, dispassionate, rational comment on this hot-button issue. Such an approach is rare, and I'm including myself in that comment. I'm a staunch supporter of the right to gun ownership and sometimes I get a little testy, despite my best efforts at objectivity.

Here's brief overview of my take:
1) Start with the premise that everyone has the right to own guns. This right pre-dates the Constitution, so it is *protected* by the Constitution, not *given* by the Constitution.
2) Some people, by their condition or actions, cannot exercise the responsibility required for gun ownership. They include people with serious psychological problems and some (but not all) convicted felons.
3) Some form of background check and associated law is appropriate to make sure these people can't buy guns legally.
4) Laws should deal *extremely harshly* with the use of a gun during the commission of a crime.
5) Private property owners can dictate whether or not firearms are allowed on their property.

I've probably left out a few others (I'm tired this a.m.), but not many. Beyond those listed, I question the necessity for regulation of gun ownership in a free society. There are a whole host of arguments to support my position (and yes, to refute it, as well), but I won't go into them here.
HARTBEAT

Newington, CT

#3 Oct 19, 2007
He better get more time than TI does. If he doesn't Im'm protesting. Thats crazy, he had something huge in store for something.
Noticed

Hartford, CT

#4 Oct 19, 2007
HARTBEAT wrote:
He better get more time than TI does. If he doesn't Im'm protesting. Thats crazy, he had something huge in store for something.
mm hmm
R U sh10 me

Windsor, CT

#5 Oct 19, 2007
HARTBEAT wrote:
He better get more time than TI does. If he doesn't Im'm protesting. Thats crazy, he had something huge in store for something.
And you know this how? Is this a new law? Guilty by assumption? It seems to me he could not have been that crazy or the state would have loved to take his weapons away. That's what they do. Having a couple of assault weapons in itself is not a crime. Maybe he has had them forever. I am definitely, for, holding people accountable for their actions but without all the behind close doors information it is hard to stand up for this guy.
mee

United States

#6 Oct 19, 2007
he was my prof. this semester and I still dont think he would have ever hurt anyone. i know he has a psychological history and the laws the law but even after hearing this id still never feel threatened around him.
enstein

Haddam, CT

#7 Oct 19, 2007
Ok people, set me straight on this matter. He is only being arrested for having an asault rifle,which is ellegal, correct? Or is it a crime to have so many guns? I would like to know if it is legal to own ,say, 500 guns and pistols as long as you have a permit for the pistols and all the long guns are legal.How about an answer from someone who actually knows the answer and not a moral answer.
Matt from CT

United States

#8 Oct 20, 2007
Restating what the article stated, and didn't explicity say about the law:

He was arrested for possessing "assault" rifles without a permit. Yeah, it's a feel good do nothing law, but it's the law none the less.

The number of guns you own, or ammunition you posses, isn't regulated in CT. And you don't need a permit (except for grandfathered assault rifles) to possess them on your own property.

You only need a permit to carry the pistol in public.

Yeah, something doesn't seem right here. This is why we have Judges. The General Assembly can't foresee every situation.

Seriously, if 350 guns and 18,000 rounds are too many...are 12 guns too many? 18 too many? What arbitrary standard should be set for some do-nothing feel-good law? In the end, no new laws are needed. Someone won't be able to use all 350 weapons by themselves, and inciting an insurrection is already illegal if you try to recruit enough people to use them all.

The gentleman, his gun collection, and his pyschiatric history have been brought to the attention of the Judge. Let him sort out what is reasonable.
amazed

New Britain, CT

#9 Oct 22, 2007
I'm thinking a restraining order is not going to do much if he decides to go off the deep end. Why not be ordered for a psych eval? That's right, our prisons are overcrowded and the governor is releasing about shhh it's a secret "low risk" prisoners this week!
Rita

Wallingford, CT

#12 Oct 26, 2007
I have been a student of his for four semesters and like his other student that has posted a comment, I have never felt threatened. The issues brought up by the attourney are completely true. It seemed that he was living in fear of something or someone. He is actually a very gentle, kind person and I could never believe that he would intentionally hurt someone. I'm thankful that his ex-girlfriend and son are unhamred. Hopefully he will be receiving adequate treatment soon.
Jennifer

AOL

#13 Nov 4, 2007
I, like "Rita" and "Mee", am a student of Tim's. I have never felt threatened by him in class or out. He is a researcher through and through and perhaps this collection of weaponry is just that - a collection. He was never disrespectful, violent, or unprofessional in any way when I am around him. Hopefully, the truth will come out about what really happened and he will be able to resume his career as the awesome professor he is!

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