An earlier TTAG post counseled gun owners to vote Republican. Pre-coincidentally enough, Tom K sent the following email to TTAG central about CT gun owners pushing back against Republicans who threw them under the proverbial bus: “Any Connecticut Republican who negotiated and/or voted YES on the Connecticut gun bill in April may underestimate just how many single-issue voters were “created” out of their support for that anti-gun owner bill. There are tens of thousands of us and while that may not be enough to sway a statewide general election (though Malloy’s margin was small) it is enough votes to decide the party’s nomination in a primary. We have long memories and we will be local and active in this cycle.” As evidenced by the examiner.com story below . . .
State Senate Minority Leader and gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney can expect no help from the Connecticut Citizens Defense League due to his anti-gun legislative actions, CCDL President Scott Wilson announced in a press release today from Groton.
“Senator McKinney was instrumental in implementing a historic gun control law with zero consideration for the constitutional rights of law abiding gun owners,” the head of the state’s largest grass roots gun rights group explained. “With his deliberate act of siding with gun control supporters, there will be no support from CCDL for his run.” . . .
“[O]ther elected officials who went along with the Senate leader and voted in favor of the gun control law could expect the same from the organization,” the release pledged.
Reminding members that Gov. Dannell Malloy won his last election by a narrow margin of votes well within the capability of motivated gun owners to overcome, the CCDL pledge demonstrates they understand the consequences and are not bluffing.
“If the CTGOP wants four more years of Malloy, go ahead and put up McKinney because gun owners would rather keep Malloy in office than reward McKinney,” the post flatly states. “We’re that mad.”
Are America’s gun owners mad as hell and not going to take it anymore? Absolutely. Yes, but—did Constitution State gun owners ever take it? And no matter how much political solidarity and participation their unelected representatives represent, aren’t they still a relatively ineffective minority? We shall see . . .