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Connecticut isn’t the most gun-friendly venue in America. In fact it’s frequently mentioned when running down the roster of the usual suspects, states with the strictest, most rights-infringing gun control laws in the country. You know them; California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, yadda, yadda, yadda.

And if there’s anywhere in Connecticut you’d expect a sympathetic ear toward still more limits on the right to keep and bear arms, it would be in Newtown, site of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooing. So when the Newtown Action Alliance gun control group proposed three new gun control restrictions (a ban on open carry, banning open carry on town property, and a ban on possession within 1000 feet of a demonstration), you might think passing the measures would have been a slam dunk.

It wasn’t.

The Newtown Action Alliance was at the Legislative Council meeting to flak for the proposed gun control ordinances, but so was the National Shooting Sports Foundation — which happens to be based in Newtown — along with the Connecticut Citizens Defense League. And the result was a narrow win…a 6-6 tie among the council members which wasn’t enough to move the measures forward.

From the Associated Press:

“The Newtown Action Alliance proposed to infringe upon people’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” said Mark Oliva, a spokesperson for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents firearm manufacturers, retailers and sportsmen’s groups. “We’re pleased that Newtown’s Legislative Council chose to preserve people’s right to protect themselves.”

The Newtown Action Alliance’s Po Murray didn’t take the defeat well, equating gun owners with…naturally…white supremacists.

“It’s disheartening and disappointing to live in a community where the leaders are choosing not to take our recommendations seriously, particularly after what we’ve been through in this community,” said Po Murray, a local resident and chair of the alliance.

“As white extremism is spreading across the country where they are using guns to intimidate people, particularly the Black Lives Matter movement, I think it’s really important to preemptively take measures to prevent any type of incidents here in Newtown,” she said Friday.

The gun control industry never misses an opportunity to draw bogus comparisons equating law-abiding gun owners with racism and violent extremism.

Uh huh…”armed intimidation.” Murray’s alleged feelings don’t get to trump her fellow citizens’ constitutional rights.

As for the rest, nevermind how rare instances of racist-driven violence actually are in America, it’s become a standard tactic of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex and the anti-gun left and Murray wasn’t going to have a chat with an AP reporter and let that well-worn tool go unused.

Holly Sullivan, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said while gun control advocates may have felt intimidated by gun rights supporters carrying firearms, that is not the intent of gun owners. She has been among the counterprotesters outside the foundation’s headquarters.

Connecticut law allows the open carrying of handguns and long guns. Owners must have handgun permits or long gun eligibility certificates, both of which require background checks and training.

Nothing “extremist” there. In the end, the Legislative Council voted to send one of the three proposed ordinances — the proposed ban on open carry on town property — to a local attorney for a legal opinion.

Like most of the other usual suspect states, Connecticut doesn’t have a state preemption law, so Newtown would have been free to enact the restrictions if they’d gotten the necessary Council support. But that didn’t happen. At least not this time. We’ll see what the town’s counsel says about the legality of the proposed ordinance. And Murray and her pals will almost certainly keep trying. It’s what they do.


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  1. That’s right let’s cater to the nitwits who invited madmen into schools with their genius Gun Free Zone Signs. C’mon man.

    • The anti-gun left community members are far too feeble and too easily intimidated. Also, they may just be a little, if not a lot, dishonest. One has to wonder, if they are so easily intimidated, just how they manage to go to any restaurant where the cooks have all those knives and things not to mention the instruments placed at one’s disposal while dining!

  2. When they propose or institute gun-free zones or areas…need to sue when they do not actively enforce the measures…

  3. Pretty sure the Lanza boy wasn’t on a “white supremacy” mission. And he didn’t own the gat he “presumably” used to murder his momma. And a school full of kid’s & teacher’s. So we’re told…

    • Also pretty sure he was breaking the law and knew it, which makes me think another law wouldn’t change anything.

      • Why do they always think another law will make things better?
        If they (bad guys) break the “don’t kill” law, why would they obey all the other little laws?

        • The only reason for these laws is to make sure that only bad guys are armed. Honest folks will disarm and can’t defend themselves or their charges. More dead bodies -> more uproar -> more gun control passed -> more power for those control freaks.

  4. Spent three days in Connecticut this week. Not that I wanted to, but that is where my wife’s surgeon in located. Upper middle class area called Farmingdale. This town, and the neighboring town of Avon are brimming with picturesque, New England architecture, stone fences, and Black Lives Matter signs. We felt like we were in enemy territory.

    Of course, I did not bring my EDC or any other firearm; no reciprocity with my home state of PA, and CT does not easily issue permits to non-residents. I removed the Trump button from my hat, and we removed all our flags and signs from our car. We could not afford to have foaming-at-the-mouth leftists endanger the purpose of this trip.

    Two more follow-up visits are scheduled. After that, I hope never to visit CT again until national reciprocity is passed. Yes, I said ‘until’. We have to envision our victories to make them happen.

    Trump will prevail. The insurrectionists will be imprisoned, and the Republic rescued from the brink.

    • “We could not afford to have foaming-at-the-mouth leftists endanger the purpose of this trip.”

      That’s incredibly sad.

      It’s also what eventually drove me away from the “liberal” camp. The progressive activists in my grad school cohort were the most intolerant, narrow-minded, and vindictive people (prototypical SJWs) I’ve ever had the misfortune to rub shoulders with. 15 years later, with colleges pumping society full of educated idiots just like them, they’ve gone mainstream.

      I wish I could share your optimism. This nation still has a chance to overcome the poison and emerge stronger, but the “dark winter” Biden has been talking about is going to be very real, and far longer than a single pandemic flu season.

      • ING,

        “The progressive activists in my grad school cohort were the most intolerant, narrow-minded, and vindictive people (prototypical SJWs) I’ve ever had the misfortune to rub shoulders with.”

        We were much better off when more of our young people became plumbers, electricians, mechanics, and masons. ‘Higher’ education has become a breeding ground for communists, intolerant effett elites, and unemployable, gender-confused, poorly-educated, safe-space diaper dolts who blame this country for their inability to adapt and function.

        It is a shame that you had to let your grade-school acquaintances go, but a testament that you would not bend to peer-pressure.

        As for optimism, even when we appear to be losing, we have to envision winning. It makes the days so much better and keeps us in the fight. You know what I mean. We only lose when we stop fighting.


        • Very true. I do intend to keep fighting however I can, however little it may be, and there has to be at least *some* optimism somewhere, otherwise there’d be no way to go on. I’d just rather mentally prepare for the worst — and I do believe it’s going to get pretty bad, as all of the institutions we’ve placed our faith in are either senescent or malevolent — and then maybe be surprised if it doesn’t go as badly as I expected.

          As for grad school, good riddance to bad rubbish. I got my degree (which I’ve been glad to have) and boogied, and there’s nothing I miss about any of those people, as there was nothing about them that I liked or valued to begin with — except maybe that they inadvertently helped me see the light. That was a good service, I guess. 🙂

    • “Trump will prevail”

      Yes, with the incredibly credible testimony of star witness Melissa Carone, he is sure to prevail in every court in the land.

      In fact, every court has kicked his lawsuits to the curb as total BS.

      And his star witness?

      “Mellissa Carone, a witness in the Trump campaign’s election fraud lawsuit in Michigan, was recently on probation for harassing her fiance’s ex-wife, it emerged on Saturday.
      Over two years, Carone harassed the woman and sent her tapes of herself having sex with the boyfriend.
      Carone told the Huffington Post that it was her fiance who had really sent the sex tapes, and she agreed to a plea deal to avoid further court appearances.
      Carone’s sweeping election fraud claims and confrontational testimony at a hearing in Michigan Tuesday went viral.
      The testimony was even satirized in a Saturday Night Live skit, where Carone was played by Cecily Strong.”

      You folks are pathetic losers, and your hilarious stories are just so entertaining!

      Hey, has anybody seen Marshall Law around, there’s somebody double parked in front of the courthouse who’s needing a parking citation…

        • No, it’s her blatantly false claims and totally hilarious demeanor that cause most educated people to dismiss her claims as total BS.

          The domestic charges from stalking her boyfriend’s ex-wife are just icing on the cake, stereotypical Trump supporter

          “Even if you can’t always follow Carone’s thread, you have to marvel at the complete confidence in her exchanges with Republican Steve Johnson: “We’re not seeing the poll book off by 30,000 votes,” he said.

          “What’d you guys do? Take it and…do something crazy to it?” Carone said, in a gorgeous display of can-I-see-your-manager energy.

          “I’m just saying the numbers are not off by 30,000 votes,” Johnson said.

          At one point with a little grin, like she was about to shatter this guy’s whole world, Carone said, “I’d say that poll book is off by over 100,000.” She claimed there were “zero registered voters” in the county’s poll book. People on the internet called her drunk, which is actually unfair. We don’t know that for sure. She could just be like that all the time, deriving her liquid courage from an altogether different source somewhere deep within her.”

          She even accuses the republican legislators of vote tampering.

          It is unfortunate for her that she has zero actual evidence of any wrongdoing

  5. CT is the standard bearer for the racist white liberal intellectual supremacist even as their urban centers are rotting in realtime thanks to the ideology they support.

    I have a fantasy that one day Martha Stewart’s as well as all the other sweater-wearing, Rockwell-LARPing CT residents who’ve never shaken the hand or or made eye contact with the regular people who happen to live in that state are home when the roving mob comes knocking.

    • And when those roving bands come knocking, with flaming incendiary devices in hand, watch how fast they pray for hero to show up, and save them from their doom.

      Nah, that won’t happen.

      But what is happening is that YouTube, for a limited time is running 20 full-length James Bond movies for your perusal. Man, the original Dr. No is looking dated :

      Hey, it’s free, and I thought TTAGers might like to see some gun-related toxic masculinity bearing a Walther PPK scoring with young women… 😉

      • Just make sure to use a good ad blocker. Your movie experience will be better if it’s uninterrupted, and you can feel better about yourself, too, knowing that you’ve aided in the good cause of cutting down on their ad views.

        • “Just make sure to use a good ad blocker.”

          I do on my laptop, and it makes watching YouTube bearable. I’ve got an iPhone 6, and watching YouTube videos on it is beyond aggravating. Can a blocker be added to an iPhone 6?

    • Hey, don’t knock Martha Stewart!

      Unlike Purdue and Loeffler, she did her time for her insider trading.

      Just how do you think Loeffler ended up with an $800 million fortune, they own the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange.

      It’s so amusing to watch conservatives suck up to big money Wall Street elites.

  6. “As white extremism is spreading across the country where they are using guns to intimidate people, particularly the Black Lives Matter movement, I think it’s really important to preemptively take measures to prevent any type of incidents here in Newtown,” she said Friday.”

    Maybe Po should let one of the (approximately- it’s .45%) 10 black residents of Newton speak for themselves.

    • That state is so Lilly-white it’s comical. To be leading the first wave of ‘Progress’ by keeping their town as sterile as possible…

  7. “In other news, a new poll has found that 1 out of 3 Democrats are just as stupid as the other two. ”….and will vote for Creepy. Sleazy, Senile Socialist Puppet #46 Joey and the real threat Kamal Toe.

    A Liberal is an idiot wrapped in moron muffin and smothered in free shit stupid sauce.

  8. A politician with a law never stops a bad guy with a gun.
    He only controls the good guys which is his true agenda.

    “Killing is a matter of will, not weapons.
    You cannot control the act itself
    by passing laws about the means employed.” – 1958. the late Col Jeff Cooper, handgun expert and founder of Gunsite Academy.

    The bad guy with a gun…..or the mentally deficient guy with a gun……or the TERRIBLY DISTRAUGHT FAMILY MEMBER OF A GUN SHOOTING VICTIM…….or the Feelz-Gooder Social Do-Gooder….. or the the “hair-on-fire, we’re-all-gonna-die” contingent……are the politician’s easily manipulated Useful Idiot Tools to achieve his power and control agenda.
    The new agenda for humanity requires that no one will have the capacity to fight back. It has been said: “Our Task of creating a Socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.” No other explanation is possible.
    History has repeatedly demonstrated that disarming good people in the name of making bad people harmless only eventually facilitates politicians shooting their own countrymen. History…learn from it or be doomed to relive it.

    • Well, we are the ones that have to prevent that.

      It’s time to get organization, leadership, secure comms, and supply chains for what is coming.

      Any idea how that happens?

  9. I’d like to ask all these anti-open carry folks how many times an open carrier, who is broadcasting his armed status, walks around town, orders a cheeseburger, rents a Redbox movie, then opens fire in the city commons.

    Wait, no, I have asked them. No prizes for guessing their responses.

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