Note: This is a guest post by CCDL President Scott Wilson.
During the gun control debates and subsequent vote over Senate Bill 1160 in 2013, a number of pro 2A legislators from both parties stood by gun rights supporters. In contrast, there were those that failed to support our 2nd Amendment rights. This latter group we have essentially written off as a lost cause.
It is now 2014, and some of those staunch and supportive state legislators who stood by us and voted to defend our constitutional rights last year are now endorsing State Senator John McKinney for Governor. These endorsements seem to put gun rights supporters in a dilemma. How can we rationalize supporting a legislator who votes our way one day, and then harms our cause the next day? One gets the feeling that it is back to business as usual in Hartford.
I will state my feelings directly without mincing any words.
There is no dilemma.
There is no accepting of legislators who endorse a candidate for governor that helped write the most damaging gun law in the history of our state. There is no accepting rationalization to support a John McKinney for Governor campaign. We should hold our legislators to consistent principles that do not waver, and these elected officials should have considered this before endorsing John McKinney.
Some of these legislators are retiring, so there is really no loss of skin for their actions, but others are running for re-election. Those that are running again certainly deserve to hear how we feel about their support for John McKinney.
CCDL and coalition partners that are teamed up in the ‘Shew v. Malloy’ lawsuit have so far exhausted tremendous time, effort and resources attempting to undo the damage that has been created from the passage of SB1160. Now our supposedly pro 2A legislators endorse John McKinney? Too much work has gone into this to let the possibility of another anti-gun candidate become the governor of Connecticut. In my mind, there is no justification of any kind that qualifies Senator McKinney for higher office. Those legislators who have endorsed him should realize this quite plainly.
Considering the resolve that these particular legislators have shown by standing up for the 2nd Amendment both last year and in prior years, we feel we have been let down tremendously by them on the back-end. I for one do not care how good people think John McKinney is in the legislature. When we needed him the most, he sold us out for a populist position and hurt Connecticut gun owners incalculably.
These pro 2A legislators that have publicly endorsed Senator McKinney may be wise to carefully consider their allegiance to him for two reasons:
- The mission is to defeat Dannel Malloy in November. There is no way that enough of the state’s 500,000+ gun owners will hold their noses and vote against their rights for McKinney to win.
- There is a tremendous risk that these incumbents will lose support from their gun owning constituents.
Either way, being the president of CCDL, I feel duty bound to point out those that seek to help elect John McKinney to higher office. Hence the need for this commentary.
President- CCDL, Inc.
CT State Senators that have endorsed John McKinney for Governor
- John Kissel (7th Senate District)
- Jason Welch (31st District – Not running for re-election)
- Art Linares (33rd District)
- Tony Guglielmo (35th District)
- Rob Kane (32nd District)
CT State Reps that have endorsed John McKinney