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Mayor Finch: If GOP won’t cooperate on gun control, do it without ‘em.

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While Democrats Gov. Dannel Malloy and Mayor Bill Finch were holding a press event in Democrat-dominated Bridgeport Tuesday morning on the former’s post-Sandy Hook gun control proposals, a legislative committee prepared to release its own recommendations.

Finch’s comments anticipated the results. As my Hearst colleague, Ken Dixon, reported later from Hartford, “Republicans Tuesday rejected two of the major gun control responses to the Sandy Hook School massacre, possibly demolishing the bipartisan framework legislative leaders erected earlier this year.”

Finch earlier in the day, reacting to Malloy’s comments that he is hoping for a bipartisan solution, said, “Frankly, I think it’s nice people are trying to make this bipartisan. But if Republicans can’t get out of their own way and support common sense gun control then I say do it without ‘em.”
Malloy indicated he will not wait for a package that satisfies both parties.
“I’m hopeful this will be done on a bipartisan basis. It should be. But if it’s not then it will be done by the people who support a package like this as opposed to the people who don’t,” the governor said.
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Brian Lockhart

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  1. The purpose of the Second Amendment is to arm people in order to prevent future tyranny. They need the tools to do this.

    The term “Well Regulated” in the Second Amendment meant “Well Manned and Equipped ” in 1791 as was determined in the 1939 United States v. Miller case after referencing the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The concept of Government Regulation, as we understand it today, did not exist at the time.

    United States v. Miller also determined that the term “Arms” refers to “Ordinary Military Weapons” (not crew operated). American Citizens have the right to Keep and Bear, which means Own and Carry, any weapons that a soldier carries into battle. That includes past, present and future weapons. A Militia consisted of armed volunteers willing to fight with their personal arms and not under government control.

    The 2008 Heller v. Washington DC decision reaffirmed that the Right to Bear Arms was an Individual right. The 2010 McDonald v. Chicago decision reaffirmed it yet again and made it clear that it applies to every state, every city and every town in the United States.

    To limit the Second Amendment to muskets would be the equivalent of limiting the First Amendment to writings in quill pens.

    Liberty is worth the risk of death!

  2. Carlos says:

    And this is supposed to be a democracy? Bull! This is what’s wrong with this country! So what idiot Finch and Malloy are saying is that if they cannot work with the GOP’s to get what they (Dems) wan’t, they will do what they want anyway! That’s great! FN dictators!

  3. Kestrel says:

    So, if the democratic process with duly elected representatives doesn’t do what you want, ignore the process? How about letting the process work and accepting the results, even if you don’t like them

  4. Tom says:

    Please be sure to follow the direction of the Mayor of the 4th Dirtiest City in America (source:Forbes), a buffoon who can’t clear the streets of snow and someone that has kept the undeveloped eyesore of Steel Point an embarrassment for the entire nation to view as they travel I-95.

  5. Michael Parrella says:

    Mayor Finch, You sound more like a dictator than a public servant. Are you trying to grab some of the gun control spotlight? Feeling a little left out are you? Mayors like you and Michael Bloomberg are ruining this country. Funny thing is Mayor Bloomberg made all his billions while being protected under the Bill of Rights, now he’s using the money to try and destroy it.Does this sound like a man of integrity? Someone who’s honest?Someone that can be trusted? Nothing could be further from the truth.

  6. Harry Kowalkski says:

    maybe if Boozy Bill will hire more cops instead of appointing hatchetmen like Joshua Thompson we could do something about the gun violence in our poor neighborhoods but we all know that Finch thinks poor people shouldn’t live here