“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience”.– C.S. Lewis
2013 has been the toughest of years for Connecticut gun owners. Though this has been a difficult year, I have been inspired from all that have helped to defend our rights.
From the beginning of the year, the odds were that we were not going to get out unscathed by legislative action. Still, in spite of the odds, CCDL members dug in to try and stop the proposed anti-gun legislation. Though we were not able to stop Public Act 13-3 from becoming law, I wholeheartedly believe that we did force legislators to take other Bills off the table prior to its passage.
Growth- CCDL Grew exponentially this past year. We had 2,499 members on December 14th 2012, and as of December of this year, we have nearly 11,000 members. Many of our new members joined during the peak frenzy of the aftermath of Sandy Hook. Many had more questions that no one knew the answers to yet. I sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding by all during that particular time period. The executives that are charged with running and maintaining the organization received hundreds of emails a day. Somehow we managed to navigate through the chaos and uncertainty that came along with our growth.
Activism- After witnessing the extremely large turnout at our general meetings post Sandy Hook which includes rallies, public hearings, lobby day and also the many fundraisers across the state, I am humbled by the showing and the effort of those that became involved. This is a task that was not made easy for many. The overwhelming majority of our members have busy lives which include work, family, and other priorities. Still the fact remains that if we do not involve ourselves in matters such as 2nd Amendment rights, others that care to destroy our rights will still be out there. .
Litigation- CCDL has joined with other plaintiffs in legal action (Shew v. Malloy) for the purpose to overturn Public Act 13-3. Working with other groups that include the NRA has been a tremendous effort thus far, and one that we are proud of.
Donations from numerous gun clubs, shooting leagues, gun stores and gun ranges from everywhere in the State has helped immensely. CCDL is extremely appreciative of these donations and support. Donations from CCDL members have proven invaluable, and without them, the legal challenge might ultimately fail.
Closing- We look forward to oral arguments on January 30th of 2014 in Federal court.
Renew your spirits for the New Year is nearly upon us. We are in for a hell of a fight in the coming days and weeks beyond.
On behalf of the Executive Committee of CCDL, We thank all you for everything that our members have done this past year. Please stand with us 2014!
Happy New Year to All of Our Members!