TTAG reader Pascal writes:
The Connecticut legislature has passed House Bill 1160, AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY. The Senate passed the measure by a margin of 26 – 10. The House passed the measure by a margin of 105 – 44 with two abstentions. The number of Republicans who voted for the CT bill just makes me sick. Paul Doyle has (had) an NRA rating of 92 and he voted for this . . .
On many a TTAG post, Democrats come in for lots of vitriol. But it’s important to understand that Republicans are just as willing to throw gun owners under the bus.
Republicans Larry Cafero and John McKinney are running for Governor next year. They both voted “yes” because they figure they need to draw the “progressive” vote. To me, they have no principles at all. Governor Malloy has low ratings in the state and will be a soft target, but at least he has stuck by his principles, even though many don’t agree with him.
Pretty much all conservative principles have been thrown out along with liberty and the Constitution despite rhetoric to the contrary by Republicans. So, lets be clear, Republicans are not automatically our friends. No one is necessarily our friend. All politicians are willing to change as the political winds do. Gun owners are simply pawns; liberty and the Constitution mean very little in the “Game of Thrones” our politicians play.
Connecticut should be a lesson: your gun rights, all your rights mean nothing to the people in power if you won’t fight to protect them. Connecticut is home to some 270,000 registered pistol permit holders. There are an estimated 1 million gun owners (mostly long guns). Yet only about 5,000 showed up for the final tally. Imagine what the results might have been if 300k gun owners had shown up in Hartford?
We can do better than this.