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Second Amendment advocates vow revenge at the ballot box

HARTFORD, Conn. – They were unable to stop Connecticut’s General Assembly last year from passing sweeping gun control legislation, but gun rights advocates gathered Saturday at the state Capitol to let lawmakers know they will make their voices heard at the ballot box.

A year and a day after Democratic Gov. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed legislation that banned the future purchase of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League organized the rally to mark the day Malloy made “the Second Amendment a privilege and not a right.”

The rally, according to state Capitol police, attracted more than 3,000 from Connecticut and a handful of states, including Mississippi, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York.

Scott Wilson, president of the CCDL, told the crowd that Malloy referred to “us all as the fringe of the fringe.” He said the governor told gun owners that they lost and should just get over it.

“I don’t know about you, but I am only not over it, I am madder than hell,” Wilson said to cheers from the crowd. “Gun control was the fig leaf that concealed their disastrous failures.”

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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14 responses to “Second Amendment advocates vow revenge at the ballot box”

  1. Oldtimer

    To disagree with some parts of the laws just past is to be expected, but the way these people are over-reacting is scary. They make it sound like they believe there should be no limits on weapons or ammunition private citizens can own. Who needs a machine gun loaded with armor piercing bullets to go hunting, or to protect themselves ? Nobody is taking away anybody’s weapons.

  2. Norwalk Spectator

    “Nobody is taking away anybody’s weapons.”
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    Interesting, Oldtimer.

    That’s not what State Police Lt. Paul Vance said. In the audio of a telephone conversation with a Connecticut resident about the new gun laws, Vance stated that the police would go door to door to confiscate firearms. The caller points out that the State police exist to serve the public (Protect and serve) and he responds by saying: “I’m the master, Ma’am, I’m the master.” http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/gun-grabbing-cop-goes-ballistic-im-the-master/#z3Ah1igBbP0Yyfwm.99
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    Sounds like threats to me.
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    And while we are at it, let’s talk about some recent police/federal agent events, like….oh…. say, last March, when Elizabeth Daily whose only “crime” was to buy bottled water and end up being charged with a felony after several undercover agents approached her without clearly identifying themselves. Or James Boyd, a homeless man who was illegally camping in Arizona, being shot to death by police this past March. Or 70-year-old Bobby Canipe, who was shot by police when he reached for his cane after a traffic stop in South Carolina earlier this month. NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE violated any law, but police treated them like felons. One paid for his “illegal” camping with his life. That makes Lt.Vance’s statement that “We are the masters.” very, very, very scary.

  3. “interesting” how “mainstream” media will NEVER publish information about those incidents.
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    Why, because then they will shed light on how people should be very wary of the “authorities” who abuse their powers.
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    As a Norwalk cop told my friend when she was hiding in her closet from what was a home invasion “mam’ you have only yourself as the first line of defense. You can not wait for us to show up, you have to defend yourself at all costs”.

    Editor’s note: The “mainstream media” reported on every one of those incidents, save for the Vance story. A simple Google search brought up plenty of stories. Police behaving badly is a favorite mainstream media topic. Police making honest mistakes that result in someone’s death are alsso favorite topics. The Vance “story” is a he-said, she-said story backed up by an illegal tape recording and would not be reported by an ethical publication — a conversation between someone refusing to comply with a law and goading the police lieutenant into an argument. That’s not a news story.

  4. the donut hole

    Can’t reasonable people agree that it is stupid to require a pistol permit to buy bird shot for a shotgun? Someone needs to test the drinking water in Hartford.

  5. Norwalk Spectator

    Okay, NON, if you want to disqualify Vance’s comment, can I substitute Branford Police Officer Joseph Peterson’s confiscation threat on Facebook?

    1. Mark Chapman

      @Norwalk Spectator

      Tentatively OK.

  6. David

    Oldtimer: “They make it sound like they believe there should be no limits on weapons or ammunition private citizens can own.”
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    That is exactly what they believe. The NRA president believes people on the *Terrorist watch list* should be able to buy guns without restriction.

  7. Where? Deep in the pages in the back? Did any of these make national news? Local news (that most papers pull stories from the AP?).
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    As for the story about the norwalk cop – wasn’t even referencing a news story – just something that happened locally and wasn’t in the papers?
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    Sorry David, the NRA doesn’t believe that – the NRA actually believe that criminals do not have the privilege to carry weapons – they lost that right when they broke the law.

    1. Mark Chapman

      @ Irish Girl

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/06/29/virginia-university-alcohol-arrest-charlottesville-bottled-water/2475427/
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2592047/University-Virginia-student-sues-40-million-arrested-buying-beer-underage-bought-bottled-WATER.html
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/uva-bottled-water-lawsuit_n_4551099.html
      http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/bottled-water-purchase-leads-to-night-in-jail-for-uva/article_b5ab5f62-df9b-11e2-81c4-0019bb30f31a.html
      http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-police-shooting-video-bobby-canipe-20140312,0,2147482.story#axzz2yAhSmUBO
      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/deputy-weeps-shooting-70-year-old-traffic-stop-thought-cane-gun-video-article-1.1721404
      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/video-shows-south-carolina-deputy-crying-after-shooting-70-year-old-man/
      http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/03/12/4759728/york-co-sheriff-to-release-video.html#.U0IqJleRLWg
      http://www.ibtimes.com/james-boyd-killing-protests-against-albuquerque-police-turn-violent-1565448
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/03/31/what-is-going-on-in-albuquerque-your-guide-to-the-police-shooting-protest/
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/24/james-boyd-killed-by-cops_n_5021117.html
      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26814976
      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/us/police-shootings-of-mentally-ill-suspects-are-on-the-upswing.html?_r=0
      … and many, many more, all easily found online if one cares enough to look instead of making knee-jerk accusations to fit one’s agenda.

  8. EveT

    “Making their voices heard at the ballot box” is how democracy works. That’s fine. Going around threatening people, making abusive phone calls, and posting hateful comments is not fine.

  9. Oh Mark, your agenda is just oh so clear….

  10. Oldtimer

    Spectator;
    I stick by what I said. I read the entire conversation you cited. It was probably not illegal as one of the participants knew it was being recorded. That woman was clearly trying to get Lt Vance upset and, much to my surprise, it worked, if her report of the conversation is accurate. Certain guns are now illegal to possess. Some of them have been for a very long time and the only ones ever confiscated were used in other crimes or found in searches related to other crimes.
    Of course cops make mistakes and certain people try to make it sound like all cops are wrong all the time. Like it or not, there are people who should not ever have access to firearms, and nobody needs military spec automatics. This law tries to address part of that problem and only succeeds in getting some people riled up, although it may lower the number of these weapons in Connecticut eventually.

  11. EastNorwalkChick

    I can’t believe posters are debating the merits of a World Net Daily article, really? Not one of my go to sources for accurate news reporting….

  12. Norwalk Spectator

    @ East Norwalk –
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    I can’t believe posters are debating the merits of a World Net Daily article….
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    I did not post any links to the stories, however, the audio is available on any number of YouTube sites. Your choice. When NON pointed out that it was not news worth, I offered another well documented incident that happened in Branford.
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    @ Oldtimer –
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    You have the right to your opinion. I have the right to disagree. I never said that the police were wrong all the time. That was your statement, not mine.
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    My point was that there has been a very sharp increase in police confronting individuals for very minor reasons, such as having a case of bottled water or illegal camping.

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