As I am writing this, Connecticut legislators are in the process of approving the most restrictive gun legislation in the United States. After weeks of closed door bi-partisan meetings, the outline of the bill was drafted with very little hearing time open to the public. It was obvious that the one open hearing that was held was irrelevant to the legislators and meant to give the false impression that "we the people" have any standing among those we have elected as our representatives. The bill was written by the lawyers last night, hastily printed and the 138 page bill was presented to the legislators at 10am this morning. When the voting began this afternoon at 1pm, they had not even had time to read the bill on which they were voting, the bill that would fundamentally change the lives of every resident of the state from that moment forward. Mike and I worked until about 4:30 this morning making and laminating dozens of signs that we planned on brings to the Capital today and distributing to the crowd. Cabelas in a town that borders the capital city of Hartford offered constant shuttle service back and forth to the Capital building. I had many people on the shuttle ask me for signs which I distributed up and down the aisle. When we arrived at the Capital, we were allowed to take our 11 x 17 signs inside because they did not exceed the "width of my body," evidently the size limit for protest in Connecticut. After a debate at moments impassioned and agonized, the state Senate Wednesday voted to approve a historic and far-reaching gun-control bill that proponents said was their toughest-in-the-nation response to the Newtown school massacre. - CTnow " Gun rights Photo 19/30 "Dee Dickson, of Coventry, (center) sorts signs she had made to bring to the state Capitol where the legislature is expected to pass new gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown shootings. She was one of hundreds of gun rights supoorters to board buses at Cabela's in East Hartford Wednesday morning to travel to the Capitol to make their voices heard before the historic vote. Looking on is Lenny Sparks, of Cheshire, (left) and Mike Sadlak, also of Coventry (right). (Cloe Poisson, Hartford Courant /April 3, 2013):" After traveling through the bowels of the building, on marble floors, people movers, and escalators, we arrived at the rotunda, a truly majestic edifice of marble and floor to ceiling windows. I have read that the White House was designed to intimidate the enemy and I think the Connecticut Capital building architect Richard Upjohn had the same aspiration when he designed the marble and granite castle like structure complete with gargoyles and guarding lions. My question is, in 2013, who, exactly, is this enemy? Is it me? After climbing 4 flights of grand marble staircases (with a bum knee), we arrived outside of the Senate chamber were the legislators had gathered for this historic vote. I am confident that many, if not most, of them believed their re-election hinged on what they would do today. My hope is they bet on the wrong horse. I was troubled that I was only one of a handful of women who were present. The modest crowd consisted mainly of older gentlemen in NRA jackets and a few teenage males with their black tee shirts bearing images of high powered rifles. Families of the Sandy Hook murder victims were given a special gallery section to view the proceedings and every senator who rose to speak repeated that this legislation was meant to prevent the possibility that there might every be another group of bereft parents as the ones in attendance today. It seemed that my gender drew reporters from every news channel in attendence, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, even Telemundo. I chose to speak about the constitution rather than "gun control" because I honestly believe that is the issue. As I repeated over and over, to reporters, and at least a dozen legislators, once they allow the cornerstone of our constitution to be chipped away, the entirety of the constitution, and every limit to an over zealous government, will crumble like siltstone. When I told one of the state senators that I thought of myself as a citizen soldier, he frowned and said that what I really meant was that I was a citizen educator. "No" I said, "I am a citizen soldier and I'm sorry if that intimidates you but you do not represent my best interests as a citizen and for that reason, you have placed yourself on a par with those who undermine the foundation of our country." He was taken aback by this 2013 version of Molly Prichard. Among my observations today were: people talk about freedom but are unwilling to put themselves into the fray; woman seem even less willing to put themselves into the fray; when a reporter shoves a microphone in their face, most people shrink back and refuse to publically state their opinions. The legislation today will make Class D felons of many of us. It is a terribly sad day in the State of Connecticut, one of the original colonies of America who's residents fought for the very rights freely given up today by people who value reelection over freedom for its citizens.