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CT’s Gov Malloy & NYC Mayor Bloomberg Have Closed-Door Meeting About Gun Control

By on May 17, 2013 | 5 comments

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Connecticut’s Governor Dannel Malloy (no, not a typo) met with New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall to have a “strategy session” about gun control behind closed doors. Malloy and Bloomberg sat down to discuss how to push for more gun control measures after the universal background checks bill went down in the Senate. New York Daily News reports:

Following the meeting, Malloy said three objectives should be pursued to reverse last month’s setback[.] …  Advocates for greater gun control, Bloomberg foremost among them, must continue to pressure Congress to make background checks universal and to pass an anti-trafficking bill with “real” teeth, and to toughen penalties against straw buyers, Malloy said.

That includes calling on Congress for universal background checks, a “real” federal trafficking bill[,] and tougher penalties for straw buyers, he said.

After New York pushed through new gun laws and Connecticut passed new gun control legislation in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, the gun control debate has pivoted from discussions about concept to execution. One may be curious about what Malloy and Bloomberg talked about behind closed doors, but their three announced objectives just seem to be hammering on ideas that have already been proposed and rejected.

However, one interesting thing to observe is how quickly the media put gun control was put on the back burner after Scandalpalooza became front page news.

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Skyler Mann is a founding member and Managing Editor at Pocket Full of Liberty. She has her BA in philosophy and works in the insurance industry, moonlighting as a political pundit. She is a self-described small-l libertarian and an advocate for pragmatism -- one's political principles do not always align with what is feasible. She's a red fish in a blue sea, residing in Wilton, CT with her son and Mr, and has a Don't Tread On Me bumper sticker on her car. Follow her on Twitter: @sevenlayercake

5 Comments

  1. Lawful Plunder

    May 17, 2013

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    As homicide rates continue to drop towards record lows, Bloomberg and Malloy continue to chase their white whale (gun control).

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-12-19/lifestyle/35929227_1_homicide-rate-randolph-roth-gun-control

    In the meantime, Bloomberg runs ads attacking Ayotte and Flake doing serious damage to their approval ratings. At this point, it’s up to 2nd Amendment defenders to step up and support them for their tough vote. If they don’t, shame on them.

    And yeah, the press will drop everything for a juicy scandal (IRS)…particularly one where they’re involved ( AP ).

  2. sqeptiq

    May 18, 2013

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    Malloy and Bloomberg well illustrate some general divides over the gun issue: Northeast and city America (Left Coast similar), vs rural, Southern, Midwestern, etc.

    Looking to the future, I wonder how the gun debate will shape up. Gun sales are generally poor among the young. How will the “coalition of the ascendant” see private gun ownership? As a positive aspect of freedom, or as the predilection of ultraconservatives enraged at “the government” and fellow citizens who elect it? The elevation of Jim Porter, a truculent social conservative and Confederate, to NRA president seems calculated to convince more people of the latter, as well as to further undercut pro-gun liberals. Some anti-gun liberals don’t help matters, either, by portraying a pro-gun position as anathema for liberals (though not so much in Pennsylvania, happily: pro-gun Democrats retain a lot of strength here). And you can well imagine, my cakey friend, how annoying I find that sort of thing.

    • Lawful Plunder

      May 19, 2013

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      Pro-gun Dems certainly exist but pro-gun Libs? They’re as rare as pro-gun control Conservatives, which is to say they don’t exist for practical purposes.

      Besides which, the entire debate is phony. In their heart of hearts, Liberals don’t believe that gun ownership is a good thing, and they don’t believe in the 2′nd Amendment. But for political purposes, they have to pay lip service to the 2A, so we go through this charade. The end result? …we debate proposals that will have no practical effect on gun ownership/gun violence,but it makes Libs feel good about themselves because they’re “doing something”.

  3. sqeptiq

    May 19, 2013

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    Depends on the state. Pro-gun liberals are rare in New York and California, but common in Pennsylvania and Vermont. Hell, Pennsylvania’s concealed carry bill was signed by Bob Casey, an avid left-winger, and über liberal Vermont doesn’t even require a permit to carry concealed.

    At any rate I think it important that liberals in particular arm up with semiautomatic handguns and rifles such as FAL’s and AR-15′s, since loose talk about armed insurrection and killing liberals has become common among conservatives. Likely most of these loose talkers are just venting, but it pays to be ready for any contingency. And, as they say, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

  4. sqeptiq

    May 19, 2013

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    @LawfulPlunder

    Depends on the state. Pro-gun liberals are rare in New York and California, but common in Pennsylvania and Vermont. Hell, Pennsylvania’s concealed carry bill was signed by Bob Casey, an avid left-winger, and über liberal Vermont doesn’t even require a permit to carry concealed.

    At any rate I think it important that liberals in particular arm up with semiautomatic handguns and rifles such as FAL’s and AR-15′s, since loose talk about armed insurrection and killing liberals has become common among conservatives. Likely most of these loose talkers are just venting, but it pays to be ready for any contingency. And, as they say, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

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