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A Mayor, A Governor, and A Senator Against Illegal Guns

by Christine Stuart | Mar 28, 2013 12:40pm
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Posted to: Town News, Hartford, Newtown, Public Safety

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on the steps of Hartford City Hall with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra

It’s been a month since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy laid out his gun control proposals, but legislative leaders continue to work toward a bipartisan solution and a vote is expected as early as next week.

On Thursday, Malloy reiterated his support for a ban on high capacity magazines and assault weapons with more than one military feature. He released his original proposal on Feb. 21.

Malloy wants to expand the assault weapons ban to include rifles like the Bushmaster AR-15, which a gunman used in Newtown to “kill 26 people in a matter of moments.” When you can kill 26 people with a weapon that expended more than 150 bullets in a short period of time, “that’s an assault weapon and it should not be sold in the state of Connecticut,” Malloy said Thursday.

“When you can attach to that a magazine of 30 bullets or more, they should not be sold in the state of Connecticut,” Malloy said on the steps of Hartford City Hall on Thursday. “They should not be possessed in the state of Connecticut and we should do something about it.”

The proposal to ban high-capacity magazines seemed to slow bipartisan negotiations between legislative leaders, who plan to vote on post-Newtown legislation as early as next Wednesday.

He said Connecticut also needs to send its Congressional delegation back to Washington with the “tools necessary to give personal testimony to the strength of this movement.“

Earlier this week, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy expressed concern about the lack of action on the issue in Connecticut where the shooting occurred. They said their colleagues are looking at what Connecticut does as an example for what will happen nationally.

Blumenthal, who joined Malloy and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra on Thursday for a national day of action on behalf of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said Congress needs to act on legislation which makes criminal background checks mandatory for all gun purchases. And while it appears unlikely to pass at the federal level, he called for a ban on high-capacity magazines and reinstatement of an assault weapons ban.

Blumenthal said he would lead the amendment to ban high-capacity magazines.

Mayor Segarra said he’s been on the front line of the gun violence issue for a long time. He lost his father when he was an infant to gun violence.

“Quite simply, it is time,” he said.

But Segarra said there’s only so much he can do. He urged Blumenthal and Congress to act.

“We’re taking action locally but in the end change must happen federally in order to have true impact,” Segarra said. “It’s the right thing to do. It’s what the majority of Americans want.”

Mayors Against illegal Guns will launch its new ad campaign today featuring parents from Newtown.

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posted by: Disgruntled | March 28, 2013  1:17pm

Don’t forget to mention that a whopping forty (40) people were in attendance.
That might be a salient fact to report.

posted by: CitizenCT | March 28, 2013  1:24pm

Christine, suggest you drop “illegal” from the headline.  They want to make some guns be illegal that are currently legal.

posted by: gutbomb86 | March 28, 2013  1:27pm


Yeah that’s right disgruntled. Only 40. I guess the 15,000 people who ran the Sandy Hook 5k the other day and the 5,500 who gathered at the capitol a few weeks ago must have missed the memo about this press conference.

posted by: JH_1 | March 28, 2013  1:31pm

Why can’t Blumenthal and Malloy hold their umbrellas themselves?? 

I wish someone would hold an umbrella for me when I’m outside in the rain.

posted by: Nutmeg87 | March 28, 2013  2:03pm

BLUMENTAL needs to STOP yapping for votes…  Or maybe he too is looking for a nice job within Obama admin….

His objective & pragmatic “lawyer” persona spoke last week about the USELESS/INEFFECTIVENESS that a CT BAN on modern Semi-auto rifles & standard magazines will be IN A COUNTRY THAT PREDOMINANTLY allows to LEGALLY BUY?OWN such items…  He cites the “porousness” of inter-state commerce & mobility to virtually make COMPLIANCE virtually ineffective…  JUST MAKE A MINORITY of voters with loud mouths feel good with NO IMPACT ON CRIME…  YES NATIONALLY WE ARE ALL FOR “GUN CONTROL” but NO-ONE DISTINGUISHES THE DEGREE… 

NOW Blumenthal- the Politician personna is yapping to the cameras about CT leading a change of tide…  HE KNOW VERY WELL THAT A RETURN OF AN AWB or standard magazine ban IS NOT REALISTIC AT ALL…  THE GOP lead HOUSE WILL NEVER PASS IT.  The Democratic SENATE MAJORITY LEADER WILL NOT EVEN VOTE FOR IT…  Diane Feinstein is NOT representative of the USA (I mean Really???  SanFrancisco will NEVER be a sample population of the USA)... 

So all this is political marksmanship….  While another mentally unstable person will push someone in front of another subway in NYC (while Bloomberg spends $millions on anti-gun ads and anti-soda legislation) and another mass killing will undoubtably occur by a madman…  Every hour another kid will possess & fire a gun IN THE ACT OF A BURGLARY, DRUG DEAL, GANG RELATED SCUFFLE, ETC….  Dont think making the AWB or magazine issue will at all deter criminals….

A lot of Kabuki…  Not an inch of progress…

posted by: ALD | March 28, 2013  2:19pm

Well no matter where any of us stand on this issue perhaps our Senators would be more effective down in Washington doing their jobs, instead of mugging for any cameras they can find here.

posted by: Disgruntled | March 28, 2013  2:59pm

Well Gut,
That was a nice turnout for the run. Lots of money is being raised and now, typically, people are beginning to ask where it is going.
The politicians get good facetime and also use the occasion to keep public attention OFF them and their deeds in office.
As for the outpouring of grief…it is misguided and the pols are steering the masses like the cattle they act like. If you want to compare turnouts…well, good point. One week you got lots of warm bodies. The next, a handful of cold blooded politicians.
Another weird tidbit is that IN NEWTOWN they are issuing more gun permits in a month than they do in a year! They must be doing that between road races.
Oh! And was that Dan in the photo? Dan who offered the hedge fund owner of Bushmaster a million taxpayer dollars,days before the tragedy, to relocate to Stamford?
I have no ax to grind when it comes to guns but the empty suits in power kill more Americans than a crazy like Adam did.
And what would Edith Prague think about Adam IF he had lived? She…who agonized so over the death penalty and voted after the crowds got over their Petit family grief!

posted by: justsayin | March 28, 2013  3:15pm

Gutbom86…We (my family) ran in support of the victims! Not in support of of gun control! The idiots carrying pro-whatever signs were a disgrace to the event.

posted by: Matt W. | March 28, 2013  3:44pm

Matt W.

Is there anyone in support of illegal guns?  Maybe a counter protest of violent felons and back alley peddlers?

posted by: Salmo | March 28, 2013  6:00pm

Hey, Disgruntled, It took a lot of courage for you to post the comments below. I salute you and I couldn’t agree with you more.

posted by: gutbomb86 | March 28, 2013  11:59pm


Actually, Salmo, it doesn’t take a lot of courage to obfuscate and criticize. Disgruntled ignored the fact I pointed out - that gun control events are drawing thousands of people and those numbers are borne out in the polls. Massive public support for more restrictions on guns. The obvious truth to this problem is that firearms have proliferated everywhere and we’re paying the price for it.

But disgruntled doesn’t care about guns anyway, he just likes to criticize because we’re supposed to think he knows better. Well, I’m sorry to say this but the word “disgruntled” doesn’t mean “better informed.”

You want courage, go ahead and run for public office. It takes courage to put yourself up for public scrutiny, far more than any anonymous commenter can offer. You don’t get to use a screen name and stay negative all the time when you run for public office.

@justsayin - congrats to you and your family on taking part in a great event.

posted by: JH_1 | March 29, 2013  6:08am

Gutbomb is right that the gun control events is drawing thousands.  What he isn’t acknowledging is that these crowds only come out after a tragedy.

The pro gun people will always be there. 

The reality is that the ultra liberal general assembly will still pass restrictive laws, Malloy will sign it and Obama / Biden / Blumenthal / Murphy will start pounding their chests on the national stage and try to us CT as the catalyst to re-ignite the national debate.

The reality is that after all these laws are passed in CT, the gun control crowds that Gutbomb speaks of will go back to their homes and won’t come out anymore (except for the smaller groups who were directly affected).

The reality is that there will still be high gun violence in CT.  The reality is that mentally disturbed and sick and twisted people will still be walking the streets and may use either firearms or other means to murder.

The reality is that no criminal will follow even one new law that’s passed.  They’ll still have their high capacity magazines.  They’ll still have bushmasters and other rifles, etc.

That’s just how politics works.  These idiots that get elected don’t ever see the big picture.  They only pander to whatever the hot topic of the moment is.  They pander to Washington.

The reality is that somewhere in this country, some psycho is already planning or fantasizing about the next mass murder and not one of these laws is going to stop him. 

It really is a shame that we have to learn the hard way.

posted by: Disgruntled | March 29, 2013  6:55am

Forty (40) people showed up.
Maybe that even includes the person holding the umbrella.
Forty people. That is germane to the article and was left out.
You sound like a Malloy employee hiding behind your handle and defending der Vaterland.

posted by: ASTANVET | March 29, 2013  11:08am

I love how guys like Gutbomb like to reference polls as if we should legislate by polls.  Federalism, republicanism is about protecting the few and their god given rights against the many and their desire to run our lives.  Even if I believed your poll numbers (which I don’t) the idea that we should bow to popularism vs. a federalist government is ridiculous.  You my steak sandwich eating friend are chipping away the ability for the little guy to live free.  We don’t all ascribe to your particular brand of collectivism, mob rule… I do believe that reason, prudence and rational thought should rule our society, not your witch hunts, lynch mob mentality.  You sir call for tyrants to RULE us… I disagree…

posted by: john11 | March 29, 2013  10:21pm

I’m sorry, but who is in favor of “Illegal Guns”? Oh right, probably Republicans….I forgot