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Malloy Loses Patience On Gun Control, Will Introduce His Own Bill

by Christine Stuart | Feb 20, 2013 5:58pm
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Posted to: Town News, Newtown, Public Safety, State Capitol

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

(Updated 7:55 p.m.) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not known for his patience. So it’s not surprising that he told the Journal Inquirer’s editorial board Tuesday that he will introduce his own gun control legislation in the next few days because the legislature’s bipartisan Super Committee isn’t acting fast enough.

The comments were called “disappointing” by Democratic House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and two Republican legislative leaders, but at least one Democrat agreed with Malloy that the process seemed to be “dragging on.”

“It’s apparent to me that the legislature will not reach bipartisan consensus on this issue,” Malloy told the Journal Inquirer. “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.”

Malloy will unveil his gun control legislation tomorrow at a forum with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in Danbury. The forum will be held at Western Connecticut State University and was organized by U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal.

“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. He thinks we should act quickly and decisively to make Connecticut safer,” Andrew Doba, Malloy’s spokesman, said Wednesday.

“I’m not going to shy away from this issue,” Malloy told the Journal Inquirer. “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.”

But two Republicans and one Democrat disagree with Malloy about the pace of the discussions on gun control, school safety, and mental health.

“I’m disappointed with the governor’s comments,” Sharkey said. “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.”

The legislative process is sometimes slow, but “we are working deliberately to be an example of how to come together on a bipartisan basis to address a very serious and complex issue,” Sharkey said. “Our expectation was to act by the end of February or early March and we are still on that timeline.” 

Senate Republican Leader John McKinney, who represents Newtown, said it’s unfortunate the governor would turn the tragedy into a political issue.

“Republicans and Democrats together have responded to the tragedy in the best way we can — in a way that’s above partisanship and politics,” McKinney said.

This was a moment that went beyond politics for many lawmakers.

“Both parties have been working very hard and in a cooperative manner. It appears the governor has unilaterally decided that there can be no bipartisan proposal,” House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, said.

But Sen. President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, said he shares the governor’s concern that “this process is dragging on.”

“While this bipartisan task force has allowed us to gather input from concerned citizens from across Connecticut, it is time to pass a strong bill,” Williams said. “It remains my hope, that in the next few weeks, the legislature will take action on a substantive bill.”

Malloy’s decision to move forward with his own gun control legislation made McKinney wonder what would happen to the governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Committee, which was supposed to make recommendations to Malloy on school security, mental health, and gun control by mid-March. The committee is headed by Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson.

“If the governor has all the answers then he should disband his task force and make a proposal,” McKinney said.

Doba said the governor plans to instruct the committee to move forward on the issues of school security and mental health.

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posted by: justsayin | February 20, 2013  7:09pm

The bully is again at the pulpit! Dannel sit down relax focus on something that needs real attention like the economy. Try adding up your budget and see if you get a balanced answer…You will not.

posted by: GoatBoyPHD | February 21, 2013  1:10am

GoatBoyPHD

Biden’s in town. The legislature is looking dim. How many more meetings does Esty have scheduled? 18?

Time to herd the cattle before they wander over a cliff like dumb pack animals

posted by: Upset.Citizen | February 21, 2013  6:50am

Upset.Citizen

I sure hope Malloy doesn’t own any guns!  With so much frustration and such little self control, total lack of respect for others,and complete disregard for rules and due process he clearly fits the model for someone who might snap!

posted by: Hebee | February 21, 2013  7:29am

V.P. Biden is here today. Malloy’s ego is on full Red Alert. He can’t help himself from announcing something “bold” (or “Stupid” to us regular Earthlings). He feels the need to show the Obama Administration that he is still worthy of a National appointment.

posted by: sickofthelibs | February 21, 2013  7:34am

Not fast enough for you, so it’s your right to just go against the wishes of thousands of citizens who are on the opposite side you are? Why have you not bothered to respond to my letter to you regarding enforcing the laws already on the books. Why the need to rust to punish law abiding citizens. You liberals are a bunch of thin skinned bullies who will use anything to advance your control on the rest of us.  Disgusting!

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | February 21, 2013  8:35am

and i thought we had jobs issues, economic woes, high taxes, unemployment, and other such things to worry about.

i guess not.  ok so we are going to ban smoking in cars, close the HOV lanes at the time the HOV lanes were designed for, tax bullets 50% higher forcing ammo dealers out of business, regulate clip sizes forcing criminals to purchase out of state (new black market, btw) and i think that’s all good.

but what we are missing is comprehensive Governor reform and Legislative reform. maybe Speaker Sharkey can introduce those bills?  it would be in his best interest.

HST

posted by: dano860 | February 21, 2013  9:13am

Talk about a “loose cannon” on deck!
He doesn’t listen to or take any advise, people that have been there warn us, “take your time and do it right”.
Look at N.Y., they reacted and now they have a mess and lousy law that needs to be overhauled.
They are facing the lose of a thousand or more jobs from one manufacturer.

posted by: newview | February 21, 2013  9:15am

“This process is dragging on.”  Is this comment earth shattering new knowledge from my own district’s representative, or did these folks finally shoot themselves in the foot by coming to the realization that the process of democracy has become far too laborious a task for governing?
 
In any case, it gives Gov. Malloy absolutely no grounds to bully his way to the front of the line with typical “knee-jerk” reaction politics as a consequence of extreme incidents as opposed to sensible laws generated by the “norm”. 

I’ve browsed some of the bills suggested by our local leaders…and I can’t believe the nerve of theses folks.  Having to know CPR to have a license to drive?  for real?  Mandatory inspections on cars over 100K miles??? For real?  shell game financial supports for municipalities?  Seriously?  If these clowns find any more alternative ways to taking money or time from us, we will be perfect robots, revolutionaries, or relocated.  I think my time in Connecticut is drawing to a close, it’s bittersweet, being a place I called home. It seems so foreign now.  This article is just one very good support for my decision.

posted by: lebron | February 21, 2013  10:32am

“Attendance at Thursday’s conference is by invitation only. Gun makers and lobbyists were not invited,” Well Duh… With Malloy, Murphy and Biden in attendance, this should be one great big Dog and Pony Show. Will be making a list of “Who” won’t be getting a vote at the next election. Soccer Moms and Gun control activists have short memories. Second Amendment advocates never forget.

posted by: Joebigjoe | February 21, 2013  10:37am

Seems to me like Malloy is afraid that some of the commission members are actually getting smart on the topic, and will not pull a New York. I’ll bet he has also heard from Obama that if CT cant pass a bill that will strip away second amendment rights since this tragedy happened in CT, then how will he convince other states to do so.

He also wants to deflect attention from the fact that his budget cuts mental health services further.

He doesnt like that the investigators have been leaking a few key pieces of info before any bill, that being the video game behavior while shooting and the printed internet stories found in the house of the Norway mass murderer.

Here is a good article asking some great questions.

http://radioviceonline.com/all-of-a-sudden-gun-control-legislation-is-a-race-for-connecticuts-malloy/

posted by: meridenite | February 21, 2013  11:09am

When will Cafero, Mckinney, Kissel and the rest of the repubs realize malloy is a back-stabber and will use anything to further his own agenda. Just look at how he treated the unions the educators, the hospitals and most recently the cities and towns.

posted by: sparkplug | February 21, 2013  1:17pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if the committee chairs decide to drop all gun-related bills just to spite Malloy. The man is such an arrogant buffoon. Besides, it’s probably pretty clear to them by now (from all the feedback they’ve been getting) that additional gun laws won’t stop bad people from doing bad things.

posted by: lkulmann | February 21, 2013  1:32pm

Sometimes when you want the job done you’ve got to do it yourself. He made a promise. President Obama made a promise. They made a promise to the families in Newtown to make changes in the gun industry.  That’s what he’s doing. To you insensitive monsters who are more focused on the budget than making good on a promise to those families your character needs a tune up. Don’t worry. Mental health in this State will be the next topic on the list. Sign up.

posted by: BrianO | February 21, 2013  2:36pm

Yes, this is a political move, but perhaps he is a frustrated human being.  Possible.  He did see the remains of children shot in the face.

Enough of this issue upon which we cannot agree.  Like abortion, gay marriage, religion, stem cells and others, it is an issue that splinters but has little impact on our day to day lives. 

Our state is in extraordinarily bad fiscal shape and nothing long term is being done.

posted by: sparkplug | February 21, 2013  4:30pm

<<
Sometimes when you want the job done you’ve got to do it yourself. He made a promise.
>>

The governor isn’t a dictator. While he can certainly make recommendations to the various legislative committees he does not have unilateral powers to make laws as he see fit. He can promise people the moon but he’s not going to be able to deliver unless he convinces both the House and Senate that it’s in their best interest to risk their political careers for his pet project.

posted by: Reasonable | February 21, 2013  4:40pm

Malloy is using gun control as a smokescreen for the terrible fiscal woes he helped create prolong—with no plan to correct our state deficit spending problem—“and he keeps spending, to add fuel to the fire.”

posted by: Hebee | February 21, 2013  5:59pm

Surprise, surprise, he proposed a couple of things (background checks, military weapon and high capacity magazine bans) that are almost guaranteed to be included in any future CT legislation. Now he can take the credit. What a show boater!
Really Lkulmann?  “You insensitive monsters”?

posted by: lkulmann | February 21, 2013  7:00pm

@reasonable… try to look at Governor Malloys ‘spending’ as investing in this State after decades of neglect and abuse. He’s changing the status quo, remember? Try to go with it. This State is circling the drain and it has been long before he stepped into office.

posted by: justsayin | February 21, 2013  10:57pm

Ikulmann I almost thought you were serious with those comments, then i saw the sarcasim, good stuff. Keep up the banter and stirring the pot we know you are on the “right” side of the argument, nobody can be that blind to facts.

posted by: metalshaper | February 22, 2013  9:27am

The Governor chooses to ignore the will of the people for political gain. The legislature knows from email, phone calls and personal meetings the people are 100 to 1 against new laws that have no effect on crime.

His own office knows from the phone calls and emails yesterday regarding his own proposals that the mood in CT is not going his way. In choosing his political fortunes over the will of the people he becomes dictatorial. He knows he is a one term Governor so he must make an effort to impress party leaders in an effort to secure a chip in the game. Malloy is throwing The People under the bus.

posted by: Durham68 | February 22, 2013  12:00pm

God forbid they actually wait until the results of the Sandy Hook investigation before passing new laws in the hopes of preventing another Sandy Hook. Gotta strike while the iron is hot, even if it means swinging wildly in the dark.

Waiting for the super committee to provide carefully considered recommendations would have been at least a nod towards a rational response.

posted by: Reasonable | February 22, 2013  2:25pm

Our problem is that we have too many laws on the books already. Let’s clear up conflicting laws and start anew. Many of these laws are in existance so lawyers can make more money. Not an easy task—but it must be done.

posted by: Joebigjoe | February 22, 2013  2:25pm

Two things. If they feel that they need to pass new gun laws right away to prevent the next Sandy Hook then why isn’t there an armed officer at every school in this state TODAY?

The second point is that if they wait for the investigative report, many people will read the report and the horror of what happened will be in peoples minds in an increased manner. That means the emotions to do something would at that time favor anti-gun sentiment. Why wouldnt they strike with the harshest laws they can get through at that time? Why the rush?

Easy answers to both. This is about a larger agenda, has nothing to do with keeping kids safe, and its also about certain people in government showing a dictatorial power over people, when we all know that taking our time on bills like this gets you the best chance at a law you won’t regret.

I’m also wondering where the next Lexington and Concord will be and whether or not the government is actually pushing people towards that as part of a sick agenda. You just had the VP of the US tell everyone how he tells his wife to violate numerous gun laws if there is an intruder in the house, and the mainstream media doesn’t jump all over that.

posted by: dano860 | February 23, 2013  12:56am

JBJ, does the lame stream media even understand what that bozo said? I doubt it.
Do you think he really told the wife to just fire both barrels off ,in any direction, out into the back yard?
She would take out a secret service agent for Gods sake.
This is a whole bunch of posturing for attention…look at me, I’m doing something, what? He’ll I don’t know but I’m doing it!

posted by: sofaman | February 23, 2013  3:17am

That’s great JbJ, let’s use this as an opportunity to promote your armed insurrection wet-dreams. Obviously you have keeping our children safe as your number one priority.

posted by: Joebigjoe | February 24, 2013  6:35pm

Sofa man the Vice President of the United States just talked about advice he supposedly gave his wife that if we followed would land us in jail. If you realize that then great and if you dont then stay out of the conversation.

Everyone I know including myself wants to prevent mass shootings and reduce inner city killings. This can be partially solved with prosecuting people to the max that violate the 20000 gun laws already on the books and putting these people away.


The other part to solve it is to stop the political correctness when it comes to dealing with people that are mentally Ill that frighten other people in ways that are not socially acceptable behaviors

posted by: Upset.Citizen | February 24, 2013  9:48pm

Upset.Citizen

@Dano860 & Sofaman

Play the video at the address below…  Biden is either NUTS or STUPID, possibly both!

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/02/19/biden_if_you_want_to_protect_yourself_get_a_double_barrel_shotgun.html

UC