CCDL Responds To Republican Geniuses (Cafero, Weicker and Shays)

This is a guest post by CCDL president Scott Wilson.

As president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group), I’d like to respond to recent comments made by Chris Shays, Larry Cafero and Lowell Weicker.
(see “GOP could have avoided gun fight by picking McKinney over Foley” and “Cafero on Foley Loss: ‘He Was The Wrong Republican’“)

If these defacto election analysts are looking to place blame on anyone, they should look at how certain leaders in the GOP leadership treated gun owners during and after the gun bill hearings in 2013. They joined forces with the anti-gun leadership of the Democratic party and helped them ram through massive gun control.

It is Mr Cafero’s own fault that his notions of running for governor were derailed, and the reason McKinney failed in his bid as well. If John McKinney was such a great candidate, why didn’t he win the Republican convention or primary election?

People should start to realize that gun owners are not going to sit by and be led around by the nose by gun grabbing politicians. If this is the case, the GOP should be prepared to suffer more losses in future elections

Serious candidates need to learn how to articulate 2nd Amendment positions better, and how to counter anti-gun propaganda. These are our Constitutional Rights we are talking about, after all.

It’s easy for these failed politicians to play Monday morning quarterback, but I can guarantee that they or any other Republican who supports gun control will face the same outcome in future elections that we’ve witnessed this year.

Despite the top-tier loses, the Republican under-ticket did better this year than it has since 1994. Had the antigun McKinney been the GOP candidate, does anyone think groups such as CCDL and the NRA would have invested the same amount of time, energy and money into this election?

It is important to note that all but one Democrat incumbent who lost this election voted to support last year’s gun control law, and only one Republican incumbent to vote against it lost. Even Democrat House leader Brendan Sharkey admits the gun control bill clearly had an effect on recent Democrat losses.
(see “Republicans Now Hold Most Seats In Connecticut House Since 1994“)

Not all Republicans are gun owners, but it is a fact that most gun owners vote Republican. Political strategists that spew this type of hindsight rhetoric would be wise to keep that in mind.

Enfield Town Chair To Skip GOP Dinner

According to a post on the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch blog, Enfield RTC chairwoman Mary Ann Turner will not be attending the state GOP’s annual Bush Dinner and fundraiser in Stamford this year. The reason is the GOP is awarding Senator John McKinney it’s highest honor; the Prescott Bush Sr. Award.

“The man may have done many things in his career that would warrant this accolade,” Mary Ann Turner wrote in a letter to her fellow chairs from north central Connecticut.

“But with the gun bill just passing and his finger printers [embedded] in the cement – I can’t support this total disregard for our constitution and our personal liberties,” she wrote.

“What you do is up to you and your town committee, but this may be the time we finally will get ‘leadership’ to understand, they can’t lead if we won’t follow,” Turner’s letter states. “Enfield is taking that stand.”

You can read the rest of the post here.

Good for her!
My wife and I are somewhat active in state politics, trying to help progun candidates get elected. My wife was recently asked by a high ranking member of the state GOP if we would be attending the dinner this year. Unlike last year, the keynote speaker is someone I’d really like to hear. Someone with solid 2nd Amendment credentials. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. My lovely bride replied almost exactly the same as Mary Ann Turner did, though I think my wife added that we might be there protesting outside, lol. I don’t know if I’ll do that, but I did send Governor Walker a message asking him to reconsider attending. Especially considering Senator McKinney’s vote on SB1160 was in direct opposition to the official Republican Party Platform. On the 2nd Amendment it says in part:

We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a right which antedated the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment. We acknowledge, support, and defend the law-abiding citizen’s God-given right of self-defense. We call for the protection of such fundamental individual rights recognized in the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago affirming that right, and we recognize the individual responsibility to safely use and store firearms. This also includes the right to obtain and store ammunition without registration. We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents. Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend their homes and communities. We condemn frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and oppose federal licensing or registration of law-abiding gun owners. We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the ill-considered Clinton gun ban.

Now, McKinney (along with Larry Cafero and many others) completely went against that, as well as his oath of office with his support of SB1160. How can the Republican Party still honor such a man?

CCDL Video

As promised, here is a video version of our radio ad currently airing on several local stations. Please share this far and wide!

Call and email The following people:
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey
860-240-8577

Call and email The following people:
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey
860-240-8577   Brendan.Sharkey@cga.ct.gov

House Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero
860-240-0028   Lawrence.Cafero@housegop.ct.gov

House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz
860-240-8581   joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov

Senate Minority Leader Senator John McKinney
860-240-8846    John.McKinney@cga.ct.gov

President of the Senate Don Williams
860-240-8634  http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Williams-mailform.php

Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney
860-240-0375   Looney@senatedems.ct.gov

Your own State Senator and Representative http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp

Call and email with this simple message:
We want full public hearings on any final E-Cert bill before it gets a floor vote!
We want the FULL Sandy Hook Investigation Report. How can we pass any bill without ALL of the facts!

We know many have done this already, but we are asking again. Right now the Task force and Leadership are preparing a bill that will water down your rights, and may categorize you as a criminal for what you currently own.
Even if they Grandfather certain firearms or components, there is always next year or the year after. They will simply keep passing laws one after another.

The Executive Committee of CCDL is taking a stand against any further laws that would effect the guns themselves, or how we lawfully use them.

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Video produced by MoHo Productions.

Stop E-CERT!

We may be in the final push to STOP the leaders in our legislature from ramming through a massive gun bill without our voices being heard.
 
CCDL and many gun owners have fought extremely hard to slow down this process. We have called for full hearings throughout, and we must continue to do so.
According to sources there may be No Hearing on the E-Cert Bill. There is a strong possibility it will be voted on next week.
 
Our rights are too important for us to simply sit quietly on our hands, while lawmakers pass laws that determine what we may or may not own, or if we may use what we own. It is time for 4,500 CCDL Members to give one last push to call for: 
Full Public Hearings and The Full Sandy Hook Investigation Report before a vote
 
Call and email The following people:
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey
860-240-8577, Brendan.Sharkey@cga.ct.gov
 
House Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero
860-240-0028 , Lawrence.Cafero@housegop.ct.gov 
 
House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz
860-240-8581 , Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov 
 
Senate Minority Leader Senator John McKinney
860-240-8846 , John.McKinney@cga.ct.gov 
 
President of the Senate Don Williams
860-240-8634, http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Williams-mailform.php
 
Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney
860-240-0375 , Looney@senatedems.ct.gov

 
Your own State Senator and Representative
http://cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp
 
Call and email with this simple message:
We want full public hearings on any final E-Cert bill before it gets a floor vote! 

We want the Full Sandy Hook Investigation Report. How can we pass any bill without all of the facts!

 
We know many have done this already, but we are asking again. Right now the Task force and Leadership are preparing a bill that will water down your rights, and may categorize you as a criminal for what you currently own. 
 
Even if they Grandfather certain firearms or components, there is always next year or the year after. They will simply keep passing laws one after another. The Executive Committee of CCDL is taking a stand against any further laws that would effect the guns themselves, or how we lawfully use them.

Turn Up The Heat!

It’s looking like we may see some action in the next 2 weeks, maybe even as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday.
Tuesday March 5th both the Mental Health Services Working Group and the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group of the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence will be holding meetings at the LOB.
On Wednesday March 6th the full House and Senate have been called into session. Some of the antigun legislators like Williams and Looney have publicly stated that they are unhappy with the time needed to follow proper procedures, and would like to push laws through quickly, without a public hearing.

It’s time to call these key legislators.
Keep the phone lines busy!
Speaker Rep. Brendan Sharkey 860-240-8577
House Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero 860-240-0028
House Majority Leader Rep. Joe Aresimowicz 860-240-8581
Senate Minority Leader Senator John McKinney 860-240-8846
President of the Senate Don Williams 860-240-8634
Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney 860-240-0375
You should also call your own local representatives as well, especially if they are on any of the Task Force committees. You can find your local reps here, and a list of all the members of the task force here.

THE SIMPLE MESSAGE:

  • Where is the toxicology report and police investigation report about Adam Lanza???
  • How can the legislature make valid recommendations without that information?Get the facts before they enact!!No emergency certification should proceed!We want public hearings for any proposed legislation on gun control, mental health and school safety.We want fully recorded votes on all bills and NO VOICE VOTES!IF YOU DON’T GET THROUGH THE FIRST TIME, KEEP CALLING UNTIL YOU GET AN ANSWER OR CAN LEAVE A VOICE MAIL.

    Be respectful but firm.

Gov. Malloy Throws Temper Tantrum – Proposes Own Gun Control

Governor Dan Malloy sat down recently with the Journal Inquirer newspaper for an hour-long interview. In an article they published yesterday, the Governor comes across like a petulant child because he’s afraid he won’t get his way on gun control via his Bipartisan Task Force. According to the Journal News:

“It’s apparent to me that the legislature will not reach bipartisan consensus on this issue,” he (Malloy) said, sounding fed up. “I’m always being accused of trying to play this outsized role. I’ve held back. It’s not working, and I will very shortly be speaking on this issue on a fairly comprehensive basis.

“I’m not going to shy away from this issue,” the governor, a Democrat, added. “They wanted to do this — have a big panel with 50 or 60 people on the panel, and wanted to do this on a bipartisan basis and get to the same point. I’m now looking at leaders bailing out on hearings or rallies and people coming to talk about their own personal pain instead of gun control at a gun control rally.”

The last remark appears to be a dig at Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, the only Republican who spoke at a recent antigun rally in Hartford, And House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, who was scheduled to speak at the rally but pulled out when informed of its antigun agenda.

News site CT Mirror quotes Andrew Doba, Malloy’s communications director:

“At this critical juncture, in the wake of unspeakable tragedy in our own state, the governor believes that we cannot let the chance to affect real, positive change pass us by,” Doba said. “He thinks we should act quickly and decisively to make Connecticut safer.”

To that end, Governor Malloy is expected to announce his own gun control legislation today at 10 a.m., during Joe Biden’s symposium on gun violence at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. The symposium is closed to the public, but will be broadcast and streamed on the internet by CT-N from 9am to 1pm.

Malloy is expected to propose universal background checks for all firearm purchases, a ban on standard-capacity magazines, and expanding the definition of so-called “assault weapons” to include most semiauto firearms. These will most likely be put forth by Democratic leaders as E-CERT bills, meaning no input from relevant committees like Public Safety, and no public hearings. Just like Governor Cuomo did in NY.

I’d like to give a little credit where credit is due. The Mirror quotes Democrat House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey (who is no friend to gun owners) as saying:

“I’m disappointed with the governor’s comments. As I said before, the country is watching Connecticut to see how we react to this tragedy, and taking quick action is important, but taking smart action is more important. We are working deliberatively to be an example of how to come together on a bipartisan basis to address a very serious and complex issue. Our expectation was to act by the end of February or early March and we are still on that timeline.”

It’s not much, but it at least shows a little respect for the legislative process.

UPDATE: Right after publishing this post, I was pointed to a blog post by an active CCDL member that says a lot of the same thing. Go read her post too. http://yedies.blogspot.com/2013/02/king-dannel-has-tantrum.html

UPDATE #2: We now have the text of Malloy’s speech, and his proposed laws. See this post.

March For Change – Cafero and McKinney

What is “March for Change”?

It is a program of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, which is really a group that is just against guns – period.  Forget the violence.  If they did, they’d be honest about violent crime vs gun crime statistics.

Connecticut Citizens Defense League has hosted and been guest speakers at numerous firearms rights rallies, we have NEVER seen either Larry Cafero or John McKinney at any of these events. These two not only have a large majority of their constituency that are firearms owners, they are also the Senate and House Minority Leaders.

This is from the “March” and CAGV press release:

Several elected officials, including …..Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr…… will participate in the March for Change ….to affirm their support of safer, rational, common sense legislative changes in the current gun laws in the State of Connecticut.

What kind of message does it send when a large majority of their constituency supports firearms rights, but these two attend an anti-gun rally?  We need to let them know that we will not stand for this behavior.  We don’t want them being used as pawns for an organization that has an agenda that is against the tool used, not the actual violence itself.  Maybe they don’t understand that the organization putting on this event is billing it as “support” for firearms laws change.

If you are in either of their district, it is extremely important that you contact them and let them know.  Let the CT GOP know that we will not stand by while this type of activity continues to roll forward.  Let them know WE WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE in the next election.  Our numbers are growing, firearms owners are MUCH more organized this time around and we will not tolerate this behavior.

I urge all firearms owners and those that support our federal constitution’s second amendment, and our state constitution, to contact both of these elected representatives and ask them why?  Tell them they will be held accountable next time around.  Tell them how their involvement makes you feel personally.

Larry Cafero – House Republican Leader

Web:  http://cthousegop.com/larry-cafero/

Email:  larry.cafero@housegop.ct.gov

Connecticut House Republican Office
L.O.B.Room 4200
Hartford, CT 06106
860-240-8700
800-842-1423 (toll-free in CT)
 

John McKinney – Senate Republican Leader

Web:  http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-mckinney/

Email:  John.McKinney@cga.ct.gov

Legislative Office Building
Room 3400
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 1-800-842-1421