It’s been a while since I wrote about a Connecticut Man story. To be honest, I was a little fatigued. As entertaining as Connecticut Man can be, it grows a little tiresome watching adult humans acting with approximately zero thought or consideration for the world around them.
But this story called me back. There is something so rich about it that I could not resist.
According to The New Haven Register, 58-year-old Reverend Paul Gotta of East Windsor gave money and a fake ID to a 17-year-old so he could buy a gun. Then, Gotta bought two pounds of explosives and gave it to the same kid. THEN, he helped that kid use the explosives to build a pipe bomb! And now, to exactly no one’s surprise, Gotta is going to jail for 9 months.
Honestly, in situations like this, I try to give the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the kid was troubled and Gotta was trying to give him an outlet. Maybe it all came with the caveat that the gun and explosives could only be used under Gotta’s supervision with no innocent bystanders in the vicinity. I don’t know. But whatever Gotta’s reasoning was for any of this, it really feels like you can’t fix this kind of stupid.
So here we are, back in the Connecticut Man pool. Dumb people doing even dumber things. A freakin’ priest helping put a variety of lethal weapons into the hands of a 17-year-old kid. This stuff never stops amazing me. Here’s hoping that when Gotta gets out, he realizes that being a priest isn’t all that complicated, and weaponizing minors isn’t the best way to use a position in the church. Stick to food drives and bingo. Keep it simple. We’ll all be grateful (and safer) for it.