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Malloy On Connecticut Gun Control Talks: 'It's Not Working'

The governor says he's going to step in and propose his own measures. The move comes as Vice President Joe Biden is set to speak on gun control today in Danbury.

Angry at what he describes as inaction by Connecticut's General Assembly on gun control, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced he intends to propose his own form of legislation on the issue.

Malloy is expected to announce his proposals this morning, before he meets in Danbury with Vice President Joe Biden for a symposium on the national issue of gun control, the Connecticut Mirror reports. 

Malloy on Wednesday unveiled his plan to circumvent his own task force on gun control during a meeting with editors and reporters of the Journal Inquirer of Manchester.

“It’s apparent to me that the legislature will not reach bipartisan consensus on this issue,” Malloy told the JI.  “I’m always being accused of trying to play this outsized role. I’ve held back. It’s not working, and I will very shortly be speaking on this issue on a fairly comprehensive basis.

Malloy formed his special Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety following the Dec. 14 shootings at an elementary school in Newtown that killed 20 young students and six women. The task force held hearings in recent weeks but Malloy told the JI the panel has become politically mired.

“They wanted to do this — have a big panel with 50 or 60 people on the panel, and wanted to do this on a bipartisan basis and get to the same point. I’m now looking at leaders bailing out on hearings or rallies and people coming to talk about their own personal pain instead of gun control at a gun control rally," he told the newspaper.

Sal Gungy February 21, 2013 at 03:54 PM
When Denise Merrill says it's 100 to 1 against gun control, I have difficulty understanding Governor Malloy's logic when he implies that the people want more gun control laws. How does bypassing the task force accomplish anything more than the pursuit of one's personal agenda rather than the wishes of his constituents? He claims that leaders are "bailing out" of rallies. I don't blame the legislative leader he is questioning for "bailing out" of the anti-gun rally. That leader said: "I have since learned that the event is not what I thought it was and this group has a very specific agenda that was not represented to me. As a leader of a caucus and a co-chairman of the task force I feel it is inappropriate to attend any rally that is promoting a specific legislative agenda, which is why I have not participated in NRA rallyies. I am taking in as much information as is available to me and will be working with my colleagues to produce rational solutions." RATIONAL solutions. I would rather my elected officials (like Mr. Cafero) take their time to collect information on both sides of the issue rather than surround themselves with like-minded individuals bent on their own personal agendas -- individuals who have "had no contact with representatives of anti-gun control groups or weapons and ammunition manufacturers since the fatal shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14." That is not leadership; it's expanding previously failed legislation, which won't curb violence.

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