Leave it up to the Democrats to save America from Republicans, and the NRA, yet again.
Governor Malloy of Connecticut boldly made the decision to circumvent the NRA and their cowardly Republican underlings and act on his own to protect Americans from gun violence.
Malloy announced he will be signing an executive order that will bar people on the federal terrorist watch list from buying guns in the state of Connecticut.
This development comes on the heels of a renewed focus on gun safety legislation, following back to back mass shootings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood and a community center in San Bernardino California.
Malloy made the following statement regarding the executive order:
Like all Americans, I have been horrified by the recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris. This should be a wake-up call to all of us. This is a moment to seize in America — and today I’m here to say that we in Connecticut are seizing it.
Earlier in the week, President Obama pushed for the same legislation to be adopted on a federal level. “What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon?” Mr. Obama said. “This is a matter of national security.”
Predictably, Republicans ran for their NRA sanctioned safe zones and googled “mass shooting gun sale” while blaming the president for the storm of gun violence they force Americans to live with.
The #Obamaspeech was an attempt to turn a necessary discussion on terrorism and national security into a [sic] ineffective gun control debate.
Rand Paul on Twitter
Reactions from Republicans are about what you would expect:
- The next step is denying all gun sales as there hasn’t been a call for an organized militia since the Revolutionary War.
- I don’t care what you think of the 2nd Amendment, you can’t strip away rights based on being put on some arbitrary list by a government entity.
- This will be hilarious to bring up during the debate season when republicans can point to Democrats and say that they supported an unconstitutional restriction on civil rights right before a major election.
It will still be far too easy for potential terrorists to get guns in America until this kind of legislation is adopted on a federal level. However, if more progressively minded states are able to do this, we will be able to properly credit Republican-led states for the next terrorism-related mass shooting.
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