April 7th, 2013
10:16 AM ET
1 year ago

Malloy: NRA’s LaPierre acts like a circus clown

(CNN) - Responding to criticism from the National Rifle Association over Connecticut's new gun laws, Gov. Dan Malloy argued the pro-gun group's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, is simply blowing smoke.

"Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus - they get the most attention. That's what he's paid to do," Malloy said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

The Democratic governor on Thursday signed into law some of the nation's strictest gun regulations, following the state's devastating school shooting in December in Newtown, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

The new Connecticut laws include the addition of more than 100 weapons to the state’s list of banned assault weapons - including the semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle, one of the firearms used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The law also bans the sale of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, as well as armor-piercing bullets. Buyers will need a certificate to buy ammunition.

It also requires background checks for all gun purchases.

LaPierre said this week that the only people who will follow the new regulations are law-abiding gun owners, not criminals.

"I think the problem with what Connecticut did is the criminals, the drug dealers, the people that are going to do horror and terror, they aren't going to cooperate," LaPierre said on Fox News. "I mean, all you're doing is making the lawbooks bigger for the law-abiding people."

Asked who will be most affected by the new laws, Malloy said they'll be "probably a little tougher on everybody."

"This guy is so out of whack, it's unbelievable," Malloy told CNN's chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley, referring to LaPierre.

Connecticut became the third state to pass tough measures since the December rampage in Newtown. New York and Colorado passed gun control legislation limiting magazine capacity, among other provisions.

Malloy pointed to the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans favor the idea of more background checks, a proposal found in legislation currently sitting before the U.S. Senate. The NRA, however, opposes that bill.

"I can't get on a plane, as the governor of the state of Connecticut, without somebody running a background check on me. Why should you be able to buy a gun? Or buy armor-piercing munitions? It doesn't make any sense. He doesn't make any sense," he said.

Another controversial measure in the Connecticut law is the requirement to register pre-existing magazines that hold more rounds than the new limit. Malloy said the registry was needed so that there are no new high-capacity magazines in Connecticut, and so law enforcement can tell the difference between the ones that already existed in the state and the new ones.

“If you bring a magazine that you purchased in another state into our state, it's illegal. Period,” he said.

The NRA last week released detailed recommendations for its proposal to train and arm adults to keep watch in schools as a way to protect kids from shooters. It also had proposals for mental health programs.

Asked if there was anything in the NRA plan that he agreed with, Malloy said "precious little," adding that schools need tougher protection barriers from intruders - but not necessarily armed guards.

"What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible - even if they're deranged, mentally ill, a criminal background, they don't care. They want to sell guns," Malloy argued.

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soundoff (349 Responses)
  1. G2

    NRA...No real Answers......

    April 7, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. jnpa

    The Governor is absolutely correct. He hit the nail on the head with his criticism of the NRA and LaPierre. Great job Gov Malloy!

    April 7, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. 111Dave111

    Right On! Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus – they get the most attention. That's what he's paid to do.

    Gov Malloy raises his national stature, again.

    April 7, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. eleridge

    This is from a guy who can not balance his budget? And the states borrowing power has been downgraded to just above junk bonds? Who the real clown?

    April 7, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. mike r

    Governor Malloy im guaranteeing right now you WILL NOT be re elected.

    April 7, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. tychi

    "reminds me of the clowns" Now I know why many people are scared of clowns. This guy is really scary.

    April 7, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Drew

    Nice to see there are a few politicians willing to say publicly what most pols are thinking quietly. I suppose because Malloy is one of the few who don't rely on the NRA's largess.

    April 7, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Paul De Lauretis

    Dan Malloy is acting like a blind man. The real problem is with our health system. We let too many mentally unstable citizens fall through the cracks! When a psychologist or psychiatrist "red flags" a patient as being homicidal and threatening aggressive steps should be taken to attend to that individual. I agree there should be background checks and adults should be legally required to secure any weapons that might be accessible to minors but restricting weapon type or the number of bullets a magazine can hold will only affect a politician's image! I'd rather have social workers helping single parents raise their kids and monitoring troubled college students than the ATF or some other Government agency taking away our second amendment rights. Gov. Malloy is grandstanding by playing to the tragedy that recently occurred in his state. It should secure his election until he dies (no term limits in Ct.)

    April 7, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Seansa

    Tell me again how laws like this will prevent mass shootings? It won't. Lets ban weapons based on looks and not logic. Typical emotional response to an issue from the left. SHOCKING.

    April 7, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Ed1

    Wayne you are way off base you had a knee jerk reaction and passed this new gun law in your state.

    More children are killed every week by cars and trucks backing over them 50 a week.

    All the mass killings lately have been done by registered Democrats check it out.

    Enforce the laws you have now on the books.

    I would be willing to bet most people don't or didn't even read the bill that was passed.

    About 2% of the killings this year were done by semiautomatic pistols not the so called assault weapons you are banning pretty stupid if you ask me and they weren't registered either.

    April 7, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Jack

    This law will do nothing to stop a Adam Lanza. Nothing short of a total ban on firearms will.

    April 7, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Jeremy

    What the great Governor here is failing to tell everyond is that just before the Sandy Hook shooting him and his band of thugs, I mean Democrates were ready to sign off on a multi-million dollar tax break so that the Remington corp would move their headquarters from NC to CT. All the Governor did was sign into law some knee-jerk legistation that will not prevent gun crimes from happening anymore then they were before. Good job CT all you've done is signed away on a boycot of your state, having every gun manufacture move from your state taking jobs with them and will end up having to raise taxes to cover the loss you will get from both happen.

    April 7, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Malloy is just engaging in typical liberal tactics = he can't counter the facts and truth in what LaPierre is saying, so he resorts to ad hominem attacks to distract from having to face the truth. It's what all liberals do when it comes to guns and gun ownership. "Assault weapon" bans don't do anything to reduce crime or lower the incidents of mass shootings. High capacity magazine bans don't do anything to reduce the number of people killed during a rampage. Requiring registration of high-cap magazines is even more ridiculously stupid – they mostly don't have serial numbers on them! Many don't have any kind of markings to establish a unique identifier for the purposes of registration. What information is there to register? It's a stupid feel-good measure that effectively cannot accomplish what it's intended to accomplish, and it's that way because liberal lawmakers are completely ignorant about guns.

    Liberals have just taken Rahm Emanuel's play book to heart: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

    It doesn't matter if it's a bad idea, they only care about exploiting everything they can to further their agenda of stripping people of individual rights and responsibilities, and make everyone dependent on government services for every aspect of a person's life.

    April 7, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Steve9930

    Nothing but useless laws passed by Connecticut that will not deter any of the violence. All the past shootings where committed by deranged individuals. What did these new laws do that would prevent a recurrence of the same act. Just another bunch of useless politicians. The biggest clowns are always in politics.

    April 7, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Seansa

    "The only gun laws we really need are ones that say: if you sell or give a weapon to someone and any reasonable person can see that you knew or should have known the buyer was going to use it in crime then YOU should receive whatever punishment the criminal who uses the guns get. WITHOUT EXCEPTION. True law abiding gun owners would not object to this because it only targets irresponsible people."

    OK, good luck enforcing that. So if I sell a set of steak knives to a neighbor that consequently stabs his ex-wife to death, you think I should be culpable? Are you insane? Guns are tools.

    April 7, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. anton bayer

    I think the governor thinks the second amendment is a joke. I bet the people of Syria and Libya whish they had a second amendment. The reason for a armed society with military style weapons is to keep the government in check. Without that its only a matter of time before a tyrant comes to power and dictates to a defenseless people. Then the whole country would experience a much greater tragedy.

    April 7, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. TJ

    A clown that the GOP adores. No place in the Western world tolerates this kind of violence. Thank you Dan for at least trying to make our schools safe.

    April 7, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. jerry v

    I think the Governor is showing who the real circus clown is. Please tell me what his recent laws have done? Absolutely nothing. The bad guys (gangs, home buglars, etc.) will continue to get guns by there normal channel and the law abiding people will try to play the new game only to be out a bucket full of money. At some point the law abiding citizens will become criminal just like the bad guys because it will be the only way to protect your home and loved ones. I would love to see Colt move their company out of CT. Please move out and take your money with you. Just ask how Colorado is doing now they passed their useless laws.

    April 7, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. LiberalsLie

    Malloy is just engaging in typical liberal tactics = he (and posters here, for that matter) can't counter the facts and truth in what LaPierre is saying, so he resorts to ad hominem attacks to distract from having to face the truth. It's what all liberals do when it comes to guns and gun ownership. "Assault weapon" bans don't do anything to reduce crime or lower the incidents of mass shootings. High capacity magazine bans don't do anything to reduce the number of people killed during a rampage. Requiring registration of high-cap magazines is even more ridiculously stupid – they mostly don't have serial numbers on them! Many don't have any kind of markings to establish a unique identifier for the purposes of registration. What information is there to register? It's a stupid feel-good measure that effectively cannot accomplish what it's intended to accomplish, and it's that way because liberal lawmakers are completely ignorant about guns.

    Liberals have just taken Rahm Emanuel's play book to heart: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

    It doesn't matter if it's a bad idea, they only care about exploiting everything they can to further their agenda of stripping people of individual rights and responsibilities, and make everyone dependent on government services for every aspect of a person's life.

    April 7, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. cjpa

    Good for your Gov. Malloy. These clowns/bullies need called out for what they are. How do they sleep at night?? It's all about money (isn't everything today??) More people need to be like Gov. Malloy. He got the job done, and he's not afraid of the NRA, Fox Newsians, and their ilk. Bravo!!

    April 7, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. KJ

    The gov don't get it. It's not rocket science. Those with criminal intent will do criminal things no matter what laws are on the books. You can't legislate crazy people. People packing arms, armed guards and other solutions like it will stop madness and mayhem.

    April 7, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. RightNYer

    No, Malloy is the clown if he thinks banning weapons that "look scary" but are no different functionally will have any effect.

    April 7, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Engineer

    Clowns are insulted.

    April 7, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    You people are seriously the ones that are deranged. If you took the time to look at the issue before criticizing, you would see some serious flaws. For example, rifle magazines have no serial number or other distinct identifiers. How do you register one of something that looks just like the other 20 million of that something? And, if you look at the FBI statistics, more people were killed with hammers and clubs that semi-auto long guns total in the US. 323 vs 426. Not that you care about facts. Gov. Malloy is grandstanding as all politicians do, at the cost of our freedoms.

    April 7, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Awesome

    Wayne is so right. LaPierre is a clown and NRA is gun slinging cult.

    April 7, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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