April 7th, 2013
10:16 AM ET
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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."

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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. lewtwo

    All politicians are clowns. Why expect LaPierre to be different?

    April 7, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Truth be told

    Malloy is an enemy of the state.

    April 7, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. tigger211

    Right on Gov you and the rest of those stupid Democrats turn this country over to the United Nations and see where it gets you and the rest of the fools.After that happens we won't need any governors or government anyway a dictator will take over oh I forgot we already have one of them in place right.You guys are smart by book standards but common sense you have none.

    April 7, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Brian from DC

    He's a vicious clown, made important by his violent supporters.

    April 7, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. sciline

    Fear is the great motivator. But it is not the Fear that is being promoted that we should Fear. It is the ulterior motives of those utilizing that Fear, like the NRA, to motivate, that are to be Feared! Be assured that the only thing the NRA is interested in is Selling More, and More, and more, Guns in order to satisfy there employers, the Gun Manufacturers! Real solutions to gun control are the furthermost thing from their mind!
    The NRA would be calling for 105mm Howitzers on every lawn and in every school yard if they thought it would sell Howitzers! They don’t give a whit for who is safe or who is sorry. The only reason I can see for their objection to Universal Background Checks, is that their market analysis might have shown that a large percentage of gun buyers couldn’t pass a Background check -like criminals!

    April 7, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. JBMCM

    The bushmaster rifle was not used in the killing at Newtown. It was found in the trunk of the perp's car. Nice how the elected officials keep spreading the lie. None of the laws passed in CT will do anything to prevent another tragedy.

    Shotgun found in trunk Bushmaster in school.

    April 7, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. ST

    LaPierre said few months ago: "call me crazy". He is still crazy after all these days.

    April 7, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. NoCoast

    Malloy is an idiot. He doesn't explain how this law is going to work, how can you register a gun magazine? They don't have serial numbers and often don't even have a brand name or anything written on them. It makes no sense. Connecticut is tiny. what is to stop anyone from simply going to New York, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island, Vermont, or New Hampshire to buy ammunition and magazines? The entire law is political showboating with no real substance. I can simply register hundreds of magazines for guns I don't even have and then whatever I get caught with later I can say I bought before the ban.

    April 7, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. where is the sanity

    Lapierre is an Idiot.. EVERYONE IS A LAW BIDDING CITIZEN until they commit their first crime..Sometimes it's with the slaughter of innocents. If he is going going make an argument for assault weapons at least try to make it sound reasonable.

    April 7, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Joe

    I'm glad someone is willing to stand up to the bullies. Thanks, Gov.

    April 7, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Brian

    Finally there is someone in the government willing to call the NRA for what it is: a gun manufacturer's sales group. The NRA has the moral standing of a bunch of skinheads.

    April 7, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Pablo

    The NRA is being misrepresented in several of its positions. The NRA leadership and membership do NOT support gun registration schemes because they fear it will lead to gun confiscation. This occurred in NYC where gun owners registered their guns and had to give them up or sell them.

    The Anti-gun legislators have said earlier they would ban and confiscate the guns. Many of these people like Senator Feinstein said this for the last 10 years. They intend to confiscate guns they do NOT approve of once there is a national registry.

    The NRA is not incorrect in say that SOME anti-gun leaders ARE for gun confiscation. Governor Coumo in NY said CONFISCATION was on the table when he began his antigun push.

    Many NRA members would be OK with background checks IF THE LAW STATES FIRMLY the guns can NEVER be confiscated if registered and can be sold in the future to ANYONE who passes a background check. ALSO that in the future their children could inherit the guns and NEW Guns such as Colt AR15 can be sold.

    The problem is the anti-gun forces will ONLY settle for banning and confiscation. That is their stated goals. As a gun owner, I am a moderate, but I KNOW living in NY that ANY gun I have can be taken from me. I had thought I was unaffected by the assault weapon ban, and found that my 10 round non-assault guns were NOT banned because I could not buy 10 round clips. Governor Cuomo and the other anti-gun zelots will not be satisfied UNTIL they ban all guns.

    April 7, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. 444

    If the good people of Connecticut wish to give up their rights, I'm fine with that. The state and local level is where gun laws should be enacted. Don't come to my state and try to take my guns ammo and mags or you will find yourself on the wrong end of one. By the way we have a nice spot for your gun manufactures to relocate. A place where they will feel welcome. Bye, Bye, jobs and taxes. You are fools to think this legislation will lower crime or prevent more Newtowns. The criminals will get guns no matter and the crazies will still find a way to be destructive either with gun or without. So that leaves law abiding citizen who don't go to the trouble to protect themselves, because of the laws you have just created, to become victims of the criminals that you really want to disarm. You need a better plan. This one will not work, (look at Chicago) never has never will. These laws disarm far more honest law abiding citizen than criminals and leave them as perfect criminals.

    April 7, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Pablo

    NRA members are NOT clowns. They know you are out to take away their guns and their rights. If the anti-gun forces would simply set down and TALK about what is reasonable a background check system that allowed any gun to be sold and tracked would emerge that allowed the law abiding to responsibly get guns and store them.

    Instead, the democratic party is using this as a wedge issue like the republicans used abortion.

    In the end some states will have limited gun rights and others will be able to get the guns their citizens want.

    Nothing will change.

    The Democrats simply want to use this as a 2014 campaign issue NOT to actually make anything any better.

    April 7, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Areyouserious

    However he is typical of any politician. You know, in my high school back in 1999-2001, we had district police officers, and they were armed, just like a normal cop. And no one freaked out about that. And we wernt exactly in a high crime or risk area.

    According to his statement, "Asked if there was anything in the NRA plan that he agreed with, Malloy said "precious little," The proposal was for schools to have a couple armed personnel, not teachers. (District Police Officers?) and MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS. And he's against that? Sounds like the new thing to get votes is to say "IM AGAINST GUNS!"

    April 7, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Flyover

    And this country is a three ring circus.
    Molloy is simply a puppet on a string.

    April 7, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. risk

    No matter what you think about either side's views, calling someone a childish name doesn't solve anything. It's sad actually. It's not constructive and it isn't an adult-like atribute.

    April 7, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Daedalus

    He's pretty much analogues to a clown... just working for the NRA and gun manufacturers instead of a circus.

    April 7, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Bob

    The gov just doesn't get it. All of this will ultimately be decided in a court room and that is where the "clowns" will truly come to light. Background checks will stand, gun bans will be overturned.

    .....somewhat like the "clowns" who thought they could get away with banning handguns..... overturned.

    April 7, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Paul

    Background check to get on an airplane??? The Gov. just made a Joe Biden from clownville statement. Good luck to all the Subjects living in CT.

    April 7, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Krustydog

    The only clowns here are the liberals thinking ANOTHER AWB will have any better effect than last time (the definition of insanity). Mass murders PEAKED last time an AWB was passed!

    Crimes have gone DOWN over the last decades while gun ownership has skyrocketed.

    April 7, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. trek820

    Finally, someone is big enough and smart enough and willing to speak the truth. Could be presidential material!

    April 7, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Doc

    Malloy is the Clown!! Maybe the People's Republic of Connecticut buys this crap, but not a majority of law abiding Americans. Gun control is really defined as a Small Grouping of 10 Hollow Point Rounds on a Criminal Perp or a Target!!

    April 7, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. lynn

    The real clown is this Govenor. He is a coward really. He want tackle the hard problems, just the easy ones. I predict his state will lose all its gun manufacteurs soon, thousands of jobs and billions in tax dollars. And it want save one life in his pathetic state.

    April 7, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. MaryM

    Thank you Gov. Malloy. I am sure the majority of Americans agree with you.

    April 7, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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