For those who are not paying attention, this is the third or fourth supporter of the 2013 anti-gun law (SB1160) who has not decided to run for reelection. The others have been Dems who have not seen great upticks in their support nor fund-raising due to their votes on gun restrictions. Even the latest Q-Poll gave Malloy less than terrific polling support for his efforts on gun control.
In his case, Cafero's issues might be more legal than his vote on SB1160 but part of Larry's political calculus on his working with Dems Looney and Williams, and fellow GOP McKinney, on SB1160 was that a conjuring "bi-partisan bill" could cast Cafero in a more positive light should he decide to run for Governor or other state-wide office. McKinney used some of the same thinking which has not paid off in his efforts for the GOP nod to challenge Malloy.
And Boucher, another GOP Senator who voted in favor of SB1160, never got out of the starting blocks in her quest for the GOP candidacy.
While the gun control advocating politicians understandably had emotion on their side in 2013, that support has not translated into support from voters.
This all makes me wonder what their internal polls are telling them on this matter. View Comment
But details in is case would focus on the months if not years of planning, how it was not a spontaneous act and how violent video games mental illness was front and center in this case. You know, mental illness and violent culture that the Legislature is ignoring in their law-making machine tons!
Or, maybe the details of the shooting like the killer dropping half empty mags doing repeated tactical reloads that obliterate the uninformed "Why does someone need 30-round magazines?" arguments.
Or that the kids who escaped were able to do so for reasons that had anything to do with the killer reloading?
Or maybe that the tox screen will show the killer had a less-than-therapeutic level of prescribed mess in his system at the time of the attack indicating the need for enforced med regimes?
Or maybe they would discuss something about the father who abandoned the his son and ex-wife, married a younger woman and moved 30+ miles away when the killer was a vulnerable teen?
Sadly, what I think will be released will be many details about the firearms,, the brutal nature of the mode of the individual deaths, how the killer's mother procured and stored the firearms and all manner of details that bolster the focus on guns and not on root causes.
THAT is what I would expect from this agenda-driven, White House-aspiring governor and his minions. View Comment
So will Malloy allow the State's attorney to release more details than already disclosed in the Lupica article? Would this "official" disclosure be coming if not for a disgusted LEO spilling the details the State's authorities have been hiding from Connecticut residents? would this information have been helpful to know as the legislature debates onerous gun restrictions?
Paige - Rough populations
CT = 3.5mm
Chicago = 2.7mm
According to CAGV: Of 367 gun homicides committed in CT during 2008-2011, 269 or 73.3% occurred in the state’s three largest cities, Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven.
Wikipedia: Populations Bridgeport 144,229, New Haven 129,779, Hartford 124,775
So 73% of CT gun homicides or ~73 in 2011, took place within a population of 395,000 people or a rate of 0.0183%.
If Chicago in 2011 had 411 gun murders, its rate was 0.0152% using 2.7mm people.
Interesting the difference between the state of CT and just its three big cities. And then the implications for CT excluding those three cities are very different.
Some other statistics courtesy of CAGV’s website:
2011 Connecticut firearms deaths totaled 216 with 102 homicides (47%) and 114 suicides (53%).
The homicides affected mostly minorities given 70 victims (68.6%) were African American and 16 (15.7%) were Latino; total of 84.3%.
The suicide data was very different as Caucasians accounted for 92.1% of the 114 suicide victims.
CT 2011 homicide victims were 93 male and 9 female.
CT 2011 suicide victims were 108 male and 6 female
“Most violent gun crimes are committed by people who cannot legally own guns, usually because they are felons or because they are underage.”
“… in Connecticut, more than 85 percent of gun crimes are committed by people who cannot legally purchase guns.”
For any owner of a traditional shotgun, rifle or revolver who thought they would be immune from new gun restrictions:
Yeah, and two summers ago a good chunk of London and other cities burned to the ground because the punk anarchists had no fear of reprisal from an armed citizenry.
Contrast that to the LA riots after the Rodney King trial where dozens died and LA burned except for the Korean town area. Why? Because the Korean shop owners protected their neighborhood with their handguns and evil black rifles. They did not shoot anyone but fired warning shots over the heads of the rioters that were approaching their locations. Funny thing about "warning shots", they are easy to expend when you have 30-round magazines. When local laws limit you to 10-round mags, the "warning shots" might be a warning to the others in the group when the first aimed round makes its target.
Funny thing is, as ineffectual as "gun free zones" might be, folks like stevie want to turn the entire state of CT into one big gun free zone, except for the criminals. I will live in Texas when that time comes so good luck with that! View Comment
"weakest outlaws" = "need gun control" ?
So if the Chicago outlaws would go to the gym and get stronger, we would reduce the gun violence and need fewer gun laws? Sounds like Rahm Emanuel should be giving out free gym memberships. View Comment
The sad empirical truth is that of Connecticut's approx 3.5mm residents, only about 500,000 are gun owners. Thus, about 80% of residents have little to know experience with firearms and are this "low information" voters in regards to firearms, the history of firearms and the actual use of same. I have had many conversations around he state and I am saddened by how little people know and how susceptible they are to misinformation, misguided opinions and "reform" ideas that do not work.
For all of you gun control advocates, maybe you would trust a review of common gun control,measures written by Eric Holder's Department of Justice, no friends of gun rights.
If you are still confident in the efficacy of gun control laws as promulgated by the Democrats in DC and Hartford, then you are an ideologue and not a realist. View Comment
Yes Mrs. N except pot smoke is more carcinogenic that tobacco, no?
And I am sure there have been "zero deaths, ever" from the drug cultivation and trafficking of pot and related illegal drugs.
Ad I am sure NO ONE has ever had a motor vehicle accident while stoned that has caused grievous injury or death.
And then there is the obesity, diabetes and colesterol complications from junk food binging due to the munchies.
Ad then there are those "Jackass" guys..... View Comment
K, congrats on sucking me back in here. So tell me, what is a "rare occurrence"? Home invasions followed up by rape, murder and arson? The same followed up by law enforcement waiting WAAAY to long before acting? Home invasions generally? I was in
Redding last Monday when Chief Fuchs said home invasion were rare - where, in Redding?
Over the course of an at-desk lunch I was able to compile the following list of media reported home invasions in CT since just August. And the list is not exhaustive but I am sure you won't peruse it since you are convinced I and others are paranoids. I am sure various police agencies, NBC and other Mdia outlets colluded with us in the preparation of this list.
As for paranoia about gun taking - have you read the CAGV/March for Change demands that include banned possession of black rifles and 7+ round mags with NO GRANDFATHERING. For the uninitiated, no grandfathering means current lawful owners will be forced to surrender, sell out of state or destroy items that are currently very common place and legal. That will include 3.5-5mm 7+ round pistol magazines with no replacements available. Not even the NYS law went this far. And for the intrepid, this means confiscation as the ultimate out come. So tell me K, is it paranoid to think the professional gun takers like CAGV are looking to be "sensible".
By the way K, do you believe in women's reproductive rights? View Comment