Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (courtesy newstimes.com)

“Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton resigned Wednesday from Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” ctmirror.org reports, “an affiliation that has brought him grief from gun owners in the six-way race for the Republican nomination for governor.” Spin city baby. “”As a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, I was a strong supporter of the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Connecticut,” Boughton’s website proclaimed. “This remains my position today.” So why did the pro-assault weapon ban boy abandon MAIG? . . .

MAIG abandoned him! “It’s really become about Bloomberg instead of going after illegal guns. Mike Bloomberg overwhelms the entire group. I think its mission has been lost.” Lost. Remember that word Mark. Checking-up on his opponents . . .

Among the six candidates for the Republican nomination, two are unequivocally opposed the Newtown law: Martha Dean and Joseph Visconti. Tom Foley, the 2010 nominee and GOP front-runner in the latest poll, and Dean each attended a gun rally at the State Capitol last weekend. Foley, however, has said he would not seek the repeal or revision of the law. Tom Foley, the 2010 nominee and GOP front-runner in the latest poll, and Dean each attended a gun rally at the State Capitol last weekend. Foley, however, has said he would not seek the repeal or revision of the law . . .

Another Republican candidate for governor, Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, R-Fairfield, whose district includes Newtown, played a role in negotiating the bill that passed with bipartisan support.

Don’t you just love how reporter Mark Panziokas makes it seem as if Connecticut’s post-Newtown civilian disarmament laws were a kumbaya moment? Me neither. And as much contempt as I hold for any Constitution State Republican who betrayed their oath to the Constitution, this political distancing from the antis’ agenda is a positive sign that resistance to tyranny amongst the people is making itself heard amongst the people’s representatives. [h/t Pascal]

29 Responses to CT Republicans Backpedalling from MAIG, Gun Control

    • Not all of them deserve being called turncoats. Biggest surprise in had I had last year going to the public hearings wasn’t the arrogance and contempt of legislators like Donald Williams but rather that there were legislators that against all odds that were good. Had a lot of time there to see legislators while sitting through a lot of testimony of a vast majority of pro gun, rationally presented testimony and a vast minority of anti gun owner and anti gun bigotry testimony.

      I say focus on the goal #1, vote Gov Mallory out of office along with his cronies.

  1. I think there is a typo in the quote. It repeats this line twice:

    Tom Foley, the 2010 nominee and GOP front-runner in the latest poll, and Dean each attended a gun rally at the State Capitol last weekend. Foley, however, has said he would not seek the repeal or revision of the law.

  2. Just in time for the primaries. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence, right…? Just like it’ll be coincidence when he goes right back to the well of gun control when it’s convenient for him again.

    • For some reason this reminds me that my lifelong dream is to move to Australia, change my name to “They’re All Arseholes” and run an unpublicized campaign for public office. I’d end up being half the government.

      That aside, you’ve got my vote.

  3. Same thing Andrew Lanza from Staten Island NY is worse.He said if they gave every person who legally qualified for a CCW in NYC it’d be the wild west.Hes also a republican who voted for the SAFE Act

    • Anybody from any of the five boroughs of NYC would be worse. Just look who those idiots elected to get rid of Bloomy.

      • Im from the 5 boroughs and I didn’t vote for that moron.Now that I’m getting my discharge from the Navy I have to sell all my guns before I move stupid NY.Even the republicans are liberal

        • Derek,

          I lived there 20 years so I know you must love the city, but I’d learn to call somewhere else home. I’m within 2 hours of midtown, I haven’t been back in years.

        • I’m retiring soon too (NAVY). But I have a house in Georgia. I’m buying if you’re selling. Got anything good? The real question though is: Why would you go back to NY? You know you can claim any state you’re stationed in as your home state right. Why go back to the North East when the South East is so much better and so easily done. It’s not like you’re not just going to move to Florida or Georgia to retire anyways. Your retirement dollars stretch much farther and all the other snow birds are going to be right on your heels.

  4. It doesn’t matter what they say. It doesn’t even matter all that much what they do, in many cases, because that may be what is already politically popular.

    What matters is what they go out of their way to do, the principled stands they go out of their way to take, especially those that are not all that popular with their party or their constituents. I’m not following CT’s governor’s race closely, but I’m not seeing anyone who’s rising to that level of conduct.

    Are there NO leaders in Connecticut whatsoever?

    • “It doesn’t matter what they say. It doesn’t even matter all that much what they do, in many cases, because that may be what is already politically popular.

      What matters is what they go out of their way to do.”

      Nice.

    • There are some pretty solid 2A politicians in CT, e.g., Joe Markley and Rob Sampson, but, alas, neither of them is running. Martha Dean (a fantastic 2A attorney and all around great lady) was never able to close the deal for the Atty. Gen. office and would face a tough battle in the general election. The putative front runner, Tom Foley, is a country club republican who will show up at a CCDL rally and wave but would not deign to mention in his latest “send Dan Malloy a pink slip and me some money” letter SB 1160 as a campaign issue when, in fact, it has already destroyed the gubernatorial aspirations of Larry Cafero (R) (Senate minority leader who VOTED for the damn monstrosity) and Don Williams (D) longest running president Pro-Tem of the Senate and its chief architect; hence, Boughten running as far away from MAIG as humanly possible.

      My take: CT Republicans will, in fact, gain seats in both the upper and lower houses of the General Assembly but, it is, at the end of the day “Connecticut, Jake.” Wholesale repeal of SB 11360 is not it the cards. Not all is lost, however – there is a variety of “common sense” ameliorative legislation that could, in point of fact, be passed a little at a time. A strong 2A Governor, assuming some significant R gains in the GA – and in conjunction with a massive push on the ground (which the CCDL has shown it can create) would allow the proposal of some bills, e.g., CC in state parks, 25 round magazine capacity for .22 LR, allow gun owners with pre-ban magazines to carry them fully loaded, or, heck, maybe, a 15 round “high capacity” magazine permit (basically the standard FBI check , plus some other innocuous one that the state can charge a fee for), that could possibly make it out of committee and get passed.

      Yeah, I know, it sucks, really – but that’s what the progressive do – nibble away a bit a time. No reason we can’t run the same play book, especially when you consider how toxic the issue has become for the D’s here in CT. The momentum is now on our side, which, as Mal Reynolds might have observed, is something they never saw coming.

      • lol I think you should vote straight democrat…..Then just thin the herd when they come and take them. I’m a Texan though sooo, I prefer to just fight and be done with it.

        • Chris, for whatever it is worth – we are on the same side; I have made the decision on how I am gonna go when they kick in my front door; but, that being said – CT is NOT there yet. OK, sure, if the state cops start aggressively enforcing the law, which they are not, well, then, I hope you and the rest of the Internet commandos hop in your F-150 and drive up here. I’ll buy you a beer and then we can start misbehaving.

          But, in the meantime, there is a political strategy (outlined above) that could, in point of fact, avoid *a lot* of unnecessary bloodshed and, over time, achieve the same results. It worked for the progressives; it can work for us.

          Trust me: the progressives in CT *have* seriously overreached; There is nothing like being in crowd of 3,500 – armed – people screaming “I WILL NOT COMPLY” in front of the State Capitol to bring that that point home.

          Yeah, I get it – The IRA had both a political and a military wing, but, sometimes, you stick to what you believe in, fight the battle on a political level, and you can win. Sure, it may be heroic as Connolly and Clarke at the GPO, but a win is still a win – even if it takes a bit longer.

          Have a good Easter.

      • Occ. CT, thanks for the “in-state” perspective. It’s always hard to tell just what is really going on when you’re on the outside looking in. You guys are fighting against a social and political inertia that was years in the making, but it can be done. We’ve had success here in IL, even. It does mean the battle will be toughest where the anti’s have their biggest strongholds. Especially now that they the battle is coming to them and they are having to defend their home turf.

        Good luck and keep us posted.

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