Gov. Malloy Throws Temper Tantrum – Proposes Own Gun Control | CCDL Blog

| February 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Governor Dan Malloy sat down recently with the Journal Inquirer newspaper for an hour-long interview. In an article they published yesterday, the Governor comes across like a petulant child because he’s afraid he won’t get his way on gun control via his Bipartisan Task Force. According to the Journal News:

“It’s apparent to me that the legislature will not reach bipartisan consensus on this issue,” he (Malloy) said, sounding fed up. “I’m always being accused of trying to play this outsized role. I’ve held back. It’s not working, and I will very shortly be speaking on this issue on a fairly comprehensive basis.

“I’m not going to shy away from this issue,” the governor, a Democrat, added. “They wanted to do this — have a big panel with 50 or 60 people on the panel, and wanted to do this on a bipartisan basis and get to the same point. I’m now looking at leaders bailing out on hearings or rallies and people coming to talk about their own personal pain instead of gun control at a gun control rally.”

The last remark appears to be a dig at Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, the only Republican who spoke at a recent antigun rally in Hartford, And House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, who was scheduled to speak at the rally but pulled out when informed of its antigun agenda.

News site CT Mirror quotes Andrew Doba, Malloy’s communications director:

“At this critical juncture, in the wake of unspeakable tragedy in our own state, the governor believes that we cannot let the chance to affect real, positive change pass us by,” Doba said. “He thinks we should act quickly and decisively to make Connecticut safer.”

To that end, Governor Malloy is expected to announce his own gun control legislation today at 10 a.m., during Joe Biden’s symposium on gun violence at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. The symposium is closed to the public, but will be broadcast and streamed on the internet by CT-N from 9am to 1pm.

Malloy is expected to propose universal background checks for all firearm purchases, a ban on standard-capacity magazines, and expanding the definition of so-called “assault weapons” to include most semiauto firearms. These will most likely be put forth by Democratic leaders as E-CERT bills, meaning no input from relevant committees like Public Safety, and no public hearings. Just like Governor Cuomo did in NY.

I’d like to give a little credit where credit is due. The Mirror quotes Democrat House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey (who is no friend to gun owners) as saying:

“I’m disappointed with the governor’s comments. As I said before, the country is watching Connecticut to see how we react to this tragedy, and taking quick action is important, but taking smart action is more important. We are working deliberatively to be an example of how to come together on a bipartisan basis to address a very serious and complex issue. Our expectation was to act by the end of February or early March and we are still on that timeline.”

It’s not much, but it at least shows a little respect for the legislative process.

UPDATE: Right after publishing this post, I was pointed to a blog post by an active CCDL member that says a lot of the same thing. Go read her post too.

UPDATE #2: We now have the text of Malloy’s speech, and his proposed laws. See this post.

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