Gun Control In Maine

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

It’s everywhere, including Maine:

AUGUSTA, Maine — Former Portland police Chief Michael Sauschuck’s nomination for Maine public safety commissioner advanced past a legislative panel along party lines on Friday despite support for gun control policies that became the main focus of an hourslong hearing.

The nomination of Sauschuck, 48, of Windham, a Marine veteran who served for more than 20 years for Portland’s department before taking a city administrative job last year, has never been in danger, but he quickly emerged as by far Gov. Janet Mills’ most controversial Cabinet pick.

That became clear during an almost-six hour confirmation hearing before the Legislature’s public safety committee, when people from all over Maine testified that Sauschuck posed a threat to Second Amendment rights. More than 100 people signed up to testify on the nomination, including more than 60 opponents who hit solely on guns.

While in charge of police in Maine’s largest and most liberal city, Sauschuck was a prominent progressive voice in the state’s traditionally restrained law enforcement community, publicly campaigning for gun control policies and establishing a diversion program for drug users.

Prior to the hearing, an estimated 200 gun-rights supporters turned out for a State House rally. Gun-rights groups including the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of Maine and the Free Maine Campaign implored their supporters to oppose Sauschuck.

Sauschuck advocated for an unsuccessful 2016 referendum that would have expanded background checks to private gun sales that lost because of wide opposition in rural Maine. He opposed a 2015 change that nixed Maine’s concealed handgun permit requirement and has backed gun magazine limits.

In his testimony, Sauschuck highlighted his work in Portland in establishing procedures to provide peer support to officers and dealing with people who have mental illnesses.

He was firm when lawmakers asked about his stances on guns, giving gun-rights Republicans few reasons to vote for him while saying both that he was serving constituents and his department by speaking out on gun issues.

“That’s not to say that in a position that deals with statewide issues and statewide agencies that you don’t have the ability and the opportunity to work with other people and to learn their perspective and to deal with those kind of things,” he said.

A key argument made in support of Sauschuck was that his department will largely enforce Maine laws, which only legislators can change. Darrell Crandall, a former Aroostook County sheriff who is now a commander for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in northern Maine and opposed the 2016 referendum, said he trusted Sauschuck “to follow the laws as they exist.”

But Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols, who was one of three Republican sheriffs to oppose Sauschuck and also was a vocal referendum opponent, said “any leader” listens to their lieutenants and “their opinions matter when it comes to making policy.”

“She could have chosen a lot of people out there that were very well-qualified that don’t have the baggage,” he said of Mills.

Mills’ record in Augusta is mixed on guns. As a legislator in the first decade of the 2000s, she received A ratings from the National Rifle Association — which led to attacks on her from the left during her 2018 primary. She backed many gun control measures, including expanded background checks. As attorney general, Mills helped craft a proposed “red flag” law in 2018 that would have allowed guns to be seized from people deemed dangerous by a court.

She nominated a controller for the position because she’s a controller.  He believes in permitting a constitutional right, standard capacity magazine limits, and universal background checks, and he’s unrepentant about it.  That’s fine with me, as I don’t want candidates to get in front of people and lie.  I also don’t mind his drug user diversion program.

But I do mind his gun control, and I think he should be ashamed to have worn the USMC uniform.  They say there are no ex-Marines, only former Marines.

Folks, Michael Sauschuck is an ex-Marine, a blight on the other good people who were in the military with him, and a traitor to his oath.


Comments

  1. On February 4, 2019 at 9:48 am, Fred said:

    The Flatlanders are having huge problems with the influx of heathens and barbarians (not the same thing) being brought in for the white man’s own good. This is standard procedure, bring in the lawless, declare a police state to solve the problem and then take the guns and the pittance that remains of freedom. It’s almost as if there is a plan of conquest against us.

  2. On February 4, 2019 at 1:06 pm, June J said:

    I’m no longer buying the line “there’s no such thing as an ex-Marine.” It’s been bulls**t for years now. The Marines like all the other services have been filled with indoctrinated socialists who know little about the Constitutional Republic and care less about the Constitution they swore to protect and defend.
    Doesn’t matter which branch of the military progressive socialists were once members of, it’s what their positions are on liberty and freedom as written in the Constitution and endowed by the Creator.

  3. On February 4, 2019 at 2:59 pm, Bram said:

    I knew a fair number of assholes when I was in the Marines. I’ll assume this guy was an asshole up there with Blumenthal.

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