Malloy’s War on Guns

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on April 17 joined with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley " ""> .Wefq80YwbzcCeFItRmCQ">in writing a letter to members of the U. ""> . ""> .enate, urging them to vote for legislation that enhances federal background checks on potential purchasers of firearms.

The three harp on President Obama’s oft-repeated assertion that “90 percent of the American people” support background checks on would-be firearms purchasers.

“The American people are clear on this issue — more than 90 percent support background checks prior to gun purchases,” the three governors wrote. “They understand that if you can’t pass a background check, you should not be able to buy a gun. We stand with them, and we urge you to do the same.”

The governors said that while their respective states have enacted legislation addressing gun violence prevention — with Connecticut’s new restrictions on citizens’ rights among the most draconian in the nation — individual states’ laws alone are insufficient to address gun violence on a national basis and federal action is needed.

Malloy and O’Malley are not coincidentally two of the Three Amigos that Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage referenced in an April 13-14 Wall ""> .treet Journal op-ed inviting firearms manufacturers — particularly those under siege in their home states by cynical politicians who shamelessly have exploited the ""> .andy Hook victims to advance anti-gun laws that would have done nothing to stop the December 14 tragedy — to relocate to Maine.

Republican LePage expressed “dismay to see strict anti-gun legislation in states that are home to some of our country’s best firearms manufacturers. Beretta U ""> .A Corp. in Maryland, Colt Manufacturing Co. in Connecticut and Magpul Industries in Colorado are facing hostile — and hysterical — legislation from politicians who slap them in the face for providing their states with jobs, opportunity and revenue.

“Beretta, Colt and Magpul: Come to Maine.”

Those companies would be foolish not to consider it. Last month ""> .outhport-headquartered ""> .turm Ruger made news when it announced that it would not leave Connecticut for friendlier environs, even though it has only a modest presence here ( ""> .turm Ruger does the bulk of it manufacturing in New Hampshire and Arizona).

Earlier rifle-maker PTR Industries of Bristol announced that it would leave hostile Connecticut, taking good jobs — gunsmiths, engineers, toolmakers, machinists — with it and further damaging the already distressed economy of its (soon to be no longer) host city. Way to focus on economic development, Dan Malloy.

In his W ""> .J op-ed, LePage pointed out that although the Pine Tree ""> .tate has one of the highest rates of firearms ownership in the U. ""> ., it has one of the lowest rates of gun violence. Perhaps he should have substituted “because” for “although.”

After all, an armed society is a polite society.

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