Gun Control Supporters Honor Gov. Dannel Malloy In Westport

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy speaks at an event Tuesday in Westport honoring his leadership following the Sandy Hook shootings. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, who represents the state's 4th District, says Connecticut's leadership and courage regarding gun violence prevention should be modeled at the federal level. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal commends Gov. Dannel Malloy and other state officials for working together on the state's comprehensive gun control laws. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. — Gun control supporters gathered Tuesday in Westport to praise Gov. Dannel Malloy for strengthening the state’s gun control laws in response to the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“The governor exhibited extraordinary leadership in responding to the Sandy Hook rampage,” said Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence. “From that day forward, he was determined to significantly strengthen our gun safety laws in honor of the Sandy Hook families and demanded that we implement those changes and do it swiftly.”

On April 4, less than four months after the tragedy, Malloy signed into law a comprehensive gun control bill banning the sale of a long list of firearms and large-capacity magazine clips, among other changes.

Pinciaro also applauded Malloy for strengthening the state’s gun laws without infringing on Second Amendment rights.

“We are lucky to have a governor who understands the need to balance Second Amendment rights and the safety of the people of Connecticut,” he added.

When it was his time to speak, Malloy accepted the praise but made it clear that he acted with the help and support of many.

“It’s an honor to be recognized, but it’s you that deserve the accolades and the thanks,” Malloy told those gathered. “Without your hard work, we would not be here today. Without hearing from you all, I might not have taken that step of jump starting the discussion.”

The event, held by members of Connecticut Against Gun Violence and March for Change, also featured state, local and federal legislators, including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District).

Blumenthal applauded Malloy and other state officials for working together in a bipartisan manner to make positive change. He said Connecticut can serve as a model for what needs to happen at the federal level. Himes agreed, saying there is a lot more work to be done at the federal level with regard to gun violence prevention.

“We need to continue to work so that the sanity, the common sense and the humanity you brought to the state of Connecticut can be brought to all 50 states,” Himes said.

At the end of the event, Malloy was presented with a custom political cartoon made by Wilton resident Matt Davies, a Staples High School graduate.

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evelyn h:

I put NRA stickers on my mailbox, doors just to let the would be thieves, rapists etc know they might get more than they bargained for if they entered my home. Of course that makes my neighbors more vulnerable but, hey, they have the freedom to choose.

evelyn h:

The liberal left should be more focused on the failings of the 17th Amendment. That change did more to wreck the Constitution than any other change. It enshrined Federalism and pulled the rug out from under states' rights. Now we have the mess...a bloated central planning oligarchy that is out of control!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Right Wing Insanity:

Stick with the topic right winger

Ken P Jr:

How about somebody in support of this rubbish point out a place with strict gun control & low crime in the USA? Gonna be hard to do but at least give it a whirl. If your honest You'll soon note that strict gun control, out of control violent crime & major urban centers all go together. An intelligent person will discover that high violent crime is a fact of life in metro areas regardless of gun control but the worst ones always have the strictest laws.

CT had alot to be proud of being surrounded by states run by idiots who treated their citizens like serfs when we still treated OUR citizens as citizens with rights. But now thanks to Malloy CT, NY, MA & NJ now stand united against the constitution and the basic rights which made this country great. 4 States who were instrumental in gaining our independence ONLY because their citizens, even though they were peon subjects of a tyrannical king, had & valued the INDIVIDUAL right to keep & bear arms, have decided its better to be a helpless victim, let our kids be mowed down & forget where we came for in order to create a utopian illusion of superiority. How stupid can you be.

Elizabeth G:

Ken
Wake up.... Guns kill

evelyn h:

EG

no, people kill

Elizabeth G:

People with GUNS kill... I agree

evelyn h:

Let's ban this stuff too....and then cars, and then taxes, and then water, and then food...or we teach people to respect others.

http://www.examiner.com/article/fbi-more-people-killed-with-hammers-clubs-fists-than-with-rifles-shotguns

Niikk:

Apparently some people are unclear about the definition of the word Militia and regulated ,so I will post it just in case this will help educate those that are in need:

militia
A militia refers to an army or other fighting force.

regulated

Control or supervise

Clearly to the educated this does not mean the individual has any right to guns but in fact the military has the right to guns.

Greenbeanie:

The Supreme Court has ruled that the 2nd Amendment DOES mean that individuals have the right to keep and bear arms. And, no matter what they say, we will not give them up. Remember the rape and murder of the defenseless Cheshire family in their gun-free home. That will NOT happen in my home. Pass all the laws you like.

Elizabeth G:

Remember the slaughter of innocent children in Newtown? If laws are passes and you don't follow them you will go to prison with the rest of the criminals.

Norwalk.truth:

Niikk
Thank You for the informative post.

ffctguitar
Going forward you may want to have someone read to you.

Ken P Jr:

Informative? Maybe in its example of incomprehension of a simple concept.
Militia are NEVER a standing professional army or military. Its the citizens together defending our town, state or country and REQUIRES acess to firearms.

Going forward you may want to try to look a little credible.

Norwalk.truth:

Kenny
Do you realize no one takes you right wingers serifs. Your views are so far from realty it comical.

ffctguitar:

Actually most of America agrees with him. Just because a person uses 20 usernames to reply does not make your point valid.

In fact it makes you appear desperate.

And of course I would NEVER accuse YOU of being this person that has 20 user names!! (before you ask the moderator for help.)

Also I notice the user names do not really every answer any posts, instead just a reply saying liar, or not true, etc but never any substance.

lousfool:

Actually 90 percent of American favor stricter gun control

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2013/04/_90_percent_of_americans_favor_background_checks_the_nra_is_able_to_stop.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/us-usa-guns-poll-idUSBRE9160LW20130207

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/04/03/90-percent-of-americans-want-expanded-background-checks-on-guns-why-isnt-this-a-political-slam-dunk/

Norwalk.truth:

ffctguttar

Sometimes when a lie is so far out the only reply is to call it out for what it is a lie.. I think this fits 100 percent of your posts.

Also I notice the you do not really every answer any posts, instead just a reply saying everyone that calls you out is the same person or referring to them as you xlover timmy, etc but never any substance

ffctguitar:

You can barely type a sentence, let alone interpret the constitution.

jason parraga.5:

ffctguitar
Is English not your first language??? If I remember correctly you are Haitian correct?

Ken P Jr:

Militia in THIS country is armed civilian forces armed with private guns & ammunition. This amendment was partially meant to preserve the ability to raise a militia should a town, state or congress decide to do so. Since this cannot be done if we dont have a secure right to keep arms anything interfering with that ability is infringment, since it also says "Bear" arms its clear they meant we had a RIGHT to carry them around outside of militia service. Our right vo own & carry guns is as secure as your right to speak against it. AND if that right had not been infringed by "gun free schools" those children & teachers would be with us today. Thats very clear. 1776 to 1990 virtually zero school massacres, 1990 to 2013,,,, you tell me, I'v lost track of the atrocities committed since we made it a crime to protect our children.

Everything about the democratic platform is ruining our state, from the economy to its abuses of civil rights. First they drove us to the poor house & now they want to ensure we cant protect ourselves from the criminals they created by killing the economy.

ffctguitar:

Apparently some people are unclear about the second Amendment, so I will post it just in case this will help educate those that are in need:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

LOOK AT THIS:

The constitution never gave the right of tbe individuals to have guns aka weapons of mass destruction.

Ken P Jr:

Guns arent weapons of mass destruction, but ignorance can be. Gun control caused Sandy Hook and is responsible for much of our gun crimes. Armed good people created civilization & disarmed citizens always end up as second class serfs.

Norwalk.truth:

Ken
Gun ARE weapons of mass destruction
and the LACK of gun control caused Sandy Hook
OPEN YOUR EYES AND STOP DRINKING THE KOOK AID

Right Wing Insanity:

WOW First our delusional right wing suggests that we get rid of all laws because a criminal may not follow one...Then she/he/it suggests that a bb gun is the same as an automatic weapon...WOW

Niikk:

look at this
you are 100 percent correct. See my above post

Niikk:

It is a well known fact that countries that have strict gun laws habe little to no gun crimes. LOOK AT ENGLAND. Bets s on how long before the delusional right wingers bring up the lies and propaganda about Detroit.

ffctguitar:

Detroit is another democratic failure, thanks for pointing this out as well.

The city you are referring to is "chicago" which is in IL. They have the highest gun related crime in America, and the most strict laws.

You do not understand that criminals do not follow laws.

Right Wing Insanity:

So now we have the right winger suggesting that we do away with all laws because criminals do not follow them. Can the right wing get anymore out of touch with reality. Genius this is the exact reason we have laws.

Niikk:

Thank You for posting your propaganda and lies as it just continues to prove your complete and total lack if credibility which is very typical of the right wingers ..Also thank as we had an office bet on how long before you posted the propaganda. I just won 5 bucks.

Ken P Jr:

No gun crimes true, but much higher rape, robery & murder rates. Im sorry but I think its better to have lower overalll crime if some are gun crimes, especially when millions of crimes are thwarted every year by armed citizens.

Russia has 4 times ourr murder rates with few rifles & no legal handguns. Only simpletons equate guns with crime. If more guns meant more crime our police would be corrupt criminals no?

Bacigalupe:

Thank you Governor Malloy for push this well needed reform. Only a delusional far right wing nut job would not see the need for it.

Ken P Jr:

Reform? How is going backwards reform? Oh, you must be a democrat. Did you know that TODAY, Adam lanza could do exactly the same thing he did a year ago, because NOTHING in this bill would have mattered? All it did was play politics with civil rights & make YOU a second class citizen, unless you are a cop or legislator. Our kids are still unprotected but our legislature, even though in a "Gun free zone" Employs assault weapon bearing security. Only an liberal would let somebody piss down their neck & believe its rain.

ffctguitar:

Malloy, leader of the uneducated. He wanted his name in the spotlight during the shootings, and he got it.

Meanwhile the liberal gun control agenda is failing miserably. Do liberals ever read the constitution??

GTR:

When you say uneducated clearly you are referring to the right wing extremist. I would also suggest you have someone read the constitution to you as it does not give the individual any right of gun ownership.

Ken P Jr:

"The right of the PEOPLE to KEEP & BEAR arms SHALL NOT be infringed"
You really must be a class of stupid nobody has seen before to try & refute that the 2nd refers to a right EXACTLY like the first, fourth & others do.

Even IF you insist that the militia clause is defining you still are wrong since the militia refered to is made up of the PEOPLE with their arms & munitions. Matter of FACT its current federal law that ALL able bodied men between 17 & 42 are members of the unorganized militia & subject to serve if called WITH ARMS SUITABLE FOR MILITARY SERVICE. In otherwords its a federal crime not to own "assault rifles" if in that age bracket. But, the militia clause was just a compelling reason they were preservin g the right & not exclusionary regarding other uses.

Governor Malloy & our legislature violated everyones civil rights signing & passing this terrible useless knee jerk excuse for a law.

Niikk:

militia
A militia refers to an army or other fighting force.

regulated

Control or supervise

Clearly to the educated this does not mean the individual has any right to guns but in fact the military has the right to guns.

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