“There are an awful lot of things in [Connecticut’s post-Newtown gun control package] that inconvenience law abiding citizens who believe they have a right under the second amendment to own and use firearms,” Constitution State gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley told wnpr.org, “and what I said when this tragedy happened was that the government should address any solutions they can to make sure some of this doesn’t happen again, but there’s an awful lot in that bill that had nothing to do with what happened at Newtown and wouldn’t prevent another Newtown from happening.” So he was for it before he was against it? It gets worse . . .
DANKOSKY: I was just asking you for specificity. Is there something you can point to that says “that’s in there that I wouldn’t have put in that bill.”
FOLEY: Well, anything that is inconveniencing to law-abiding citizens who believe they have a right under the second amendment to bear firearms…
DNAKOSKY: . . . Would you repeal the current law if you were governor?
FOLEY: I think that’s fixed law right now. People have asked me if the legislature came to me with some modifications to the law. But yeah most laws are corrections and modifications over time it was a pretty comprehensive bill. If the legislature came to me with some changes that made it less inconvenient for law-abiding citizens who owned farms, I would sign that. But a full repeal of the bill seems very unlikely.
Translation: for those voters who think the post-Newtown civilian disarmament package was a bad, bad thing, I kinda agree with you. But I’m not going to say the word “infringe” or “right” or which bits are unconstitutional or promise to repeal any of it – ’cause then I won’t get elected. And it won’t happen anyway.
Fair enough? Seriously, would a solidly pro-gun Republican have a chance in hell of being elected governor in Connecticut if he explained the pro-gun position with force, clarity and determination? Already the antis have seized on Foley’s use of the word “inconvenient.” nhregister.com:
Nancy DiNardo, chairwoman of the Democratic Party, said Foley “once again, has shown why he is completely unfit to be governor. Recklessly claiming our smart, strict gun law was too ‘inconvenient’ for residents, he showed why he is wrong for Connecticut. … He lacks even the most basic understanding of public policy. … Connecticut voters simply can’t trust him.”
We’ve said it before: culture eats strategy for lunch. Alternatively, whether it’s Baghdad or Bridgeport, people get the government they deserve.