CCDL Statement On Today’s CAGV Press Conference In Hartford

For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (the state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) offers the following statement in response to today’s press conference over the death of Guilford teenager Ethan Song.

CCDL President Scott Wilson Stated:
“We would first like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the parents of Ethan Song. As an organization that understands the importance of gun safety, we feel that along with securing firearms there should be an effort by all parents to make sure that their children understand that firearms can be deadly if handled improperly.”

“There are tremendous programs out there that teach firearm safety to children of all ages; often at little or no cost. Along with the securing of firearms in a responsible manner, proper firearms education is imperative to the safety of children. Even if parents don’t own firearms themselves, children should still be taught what to do if they encounter a firearm without parental supervision.”

“We thank Ethan’s father for acknowledging that there may be times that gun owners may also need to gain access to their firearms immediately to stop home invasions or protect loved ones.”

Scott Wilson,
Connecticut Citizens Defense League

The Irony Of Gun Grabbers

Today is the day we celebrate the birth and life of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is also the day that various anti-gun groups will gather in Newtown to protest your right to self-defense.


Oh, the irony of people rallying to limit the constitutional rights of those they dislike on the very day that we celebrate a man who gave his life fighting for all Americans to be guaranteed those same constitutional rights.

A man who was denied the right to lawfully keep and bear arms based on the color of his skin, but defied the law to exercise that basic human right.

A man who these same anti-gun groups would today condemn and demand be jailed because he illegally owned guns without any background checks.

And while it is true that later in life King himself decided to go unarmed, much has been written about how his supporters continued to possess firearms in defense of both themselves and Dr. King.

“The right to defend one’s home and one’s person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967

CCDL is asking people to come out and show your opposition to this intrusion upon your rights. See this previous post for more details.

Common Sense Gun Lies

The following is a guest post by CCDL member John Sturmer. It is in response to an op-ed published recently in the Greenwich Time and other Hearst Media newspapers. That op-ed was written by Jonathan Perloe, who runs the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence and also serves on the board of Ron Pinciero’s Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV).
If you haven’t already, first read “Perloe op-ed: Standing ground on tough gun laws”, and come back here to read Mr. Sturmer’s excellent response.

UPDATE 4/1/2015: The Greenwich Time has published this. Feel free to comment there.

Common Sense Gun Lies – A response to Jonathan Perloe- “Standing Ground on Tough New Gun Laws”

I am writing this because I am tired of lies and misinformation being spread by our bevy of anti-”gun violence” groups in Connecticut.  At one time I believed them to be ignorant, but I now know better.  So, I would like to dissect and discredit these statements point by point.

Mr. Perloe points out that “90 Percent of legislators who voted in favor [of SB1160, the 2013 gun law]” were re-elected.  Most of those legislators ran unopposed.  Another way to look at it was of the large 12 seat gain by the GOP, 11 of those seats were replacements of legislators who voted for SB 1160.  Only 1 legislator who voted against the law lost his re-election bid.

Mr. Perloe also contends that the now banned “Large Capacity Magazine” enabled Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza to fire “…154 rounds in under 5 minutes”.  5 minutes is 300 seconds.  154 rounds is 1 round roughly every 2 seconds.  Try that.  Clap your hands, count to 2.  The rate of fire had zero to do with magazine capacity.  That rate of fire could be maintained with a 5 shot revolver by one of my basic pistol students including reloading.

Mr. Perloe goes on to mischaracterize “Stand your ground” as “letting gun owners shoot to kill whenever and wherever they feel threatened”.  This is a LIE.  Stand Your Ground means nothing of the sort.  In every jurisdiction in this country, you must “Reasonably believe that deadly physical force or great physical harm is being used or about to be used against you or another person”.  Stand your ground does not change that requirement, either legally or MORALLY.  Additionally, any trained person will tell you that we shoot to stop… not to kill.  This isn’t the movies where you “decide” whether or not to kill someone.  Someone is about to kill you.  Your only focus is to STOP that.  Tell a judge in any jurisdiction in this country that you were “Shooting to kill” you go to prison.

Mr. Perloe also contends that “… right now Congress is considering legislation that would force every state to allow virtually anyone to carry a loaded, concealed gun in public. That would mean convicted felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people from Florida and other states with lax gun laws could legally and secretly carry their guns anywhere in the country, including in Connecticut.”  This is the biggest lie.  Felons and the mentally ill are prohibited from possessing firearms by federal law under 18 USC 922(g).  In other words, felons, mentally ill people and domestic abusers are PROHIBITED IN EVERY STATE AND JURISDICTION IN THE COUNTRY from possessing a firearm.  Additionally, Florida has a permitting process for carrying a firearm, which includes training, fingerprinting and background checks.  Those requirements are remarkably similar to Connecticut’s own requirements.  Florida does not have “lax” gun laws.  The measure being considered by Congress does not absolve anyone of following CT law, which also prohibits possession of a firearm by felons, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill.

Reasonable people can disagree on the Second Amendment just like any other issue.  However, Mr. Perloe’s article goes beyond disagreement, and bridges the gap into willful misinformation.  Don’t believe the lies.


John Sturmer is the Principal Owner of JJ Firearms Training, LLC. He is also a Certified Firearms Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Glock Armorer, and a CCDL Member.

Senator Don Williams

I’m going to post a few videos today that I think should be of interest to CCDL members. Since they are on different topics, I’ll make separate posts.

The first video stars soon to be ex Senator Don Williams. As Senate President Pro Tem, Williams was instrumental in the crafting and passage of SB1160. When he saw the backlash from that, he decided to retire rather than risk being voted out of office.

Williams was a guest speaker at a recent event hosted by the extreme anti-gun group “Connecticut Against Gun Violence”. This group would more accurately be called “Connecticut Against Guns”, since the majority of their work is aimed at stopping law-abiding citizens from owning guns, not stopping gun violence. Someone at this event recorded it, and I’d like to share with you what Williams had to say. Watch the video, and listen to what the anti’s really think and say about your constitutional rights, and what their plans for the future are.
This is just another reason why you MUST show up on election day (November 4th) and vote for all the CCDL endorsed candidates, and support them any way you can until then. Don’t let the media or polls lull you into a false sense of security. Even if it looks like a candidate is a sure thing to win, show up and vote anyway. Voting is a right, just like the 2nd Amendment, and this may be the most important election of your life, so vote!

Constitution Day 2A Debate – Video

On September 17, 2013 Rob Sampson (yeah!) debated Ron Pinciaro (boo!) on the merits of Connecticut’s new gun control laws. For those who couldn’t attend, here’s video of the debate. You can decide for yourself who won.

Constitution Day Debate

CCDL’s 2012 Legislator Of The Year Rob Sampson will be debating CAGV’s Ron Pinciaro on the merits (or lack thereof) of Connecticut’s new gun control laws.

The debate will take place on Tuesday, September 17th (Constitution Day) at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield starting at 2pm. The debate will take place in the University Commons building. Get there early, and wear your CCDL gear to show your support for Rob.

Details are in the flyer below. Please spread the word and come out if you can!

Public Hearing and Press Conference – 3/22/2013

Happenings at the LOB for Friday March 22nd:

Beth Bye will be holding an antigun press conference at 2:00pm in room 1B.

There will also be a hearing on 2 bills we should support. Details below, including where to email testimony. Remember this a budget committee, so focus on why they should spend money on this.

Appropriations Committee
Friday, March 22, 2013
10:00 AM in Room 2C of the LOB

The Appropriations Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2C of the LOB.  Please submit 60 copies of written testimony to Committee staff three hours prior to the start of the hearing in Room 2700 of the LOB.  Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:30 A.M. until 9:30 A.M. in Room 2700 of the LOB.  Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, State Agency Heads and Municipal Chief Elected Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. The Committee will accept electronic testimony via email at for posting on the Committee’s website and inclusion in the hearing transcript. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.  As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and will be indexed by internet search engines.  Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.

Proposed S.B. No. 307 SEN. GUGLIELMO, 35th DIST. ‘AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDING FOR THE STATE-WIDE FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE’, to fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the sum of one million dollars be appropriated to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, from the General Fund, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, for the state-wide firearms trafficking task force.

Statement of Purpose:

To fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force.


Proposed H.B. No. 5561 REP. TONG, 147th DIST. ‘AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE STATE-WIDE FIREARMS TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE’, to fully fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force to improve its ability to enforce Connecticut gun trafficking laws.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That section 29-38e of the general statutes be amended to require that the state-wide firearms trafficking task force be fully funded to the extent necessary to accomplish the duties of the task force.

Statement of Purpose:

To fully fund the state-wide firearms trafficking task force to improve its ability to enforce Connecticut gun trafficking laws.

Senator Beth Bye Press Conference – 3/22/2013

UPDATE! The press conference has been moved. New time and date below!

Anti-gun state senator Beth Bye will be holding a press conference with equally anti-gun groups Connecticut Against Gun Violence and Newtown Alliance.

The press conference will be held Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:30am in room 2D Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2:00pm in room 1B of the Legislative Office Building (LOB). You can be sure whatever this group has to say will be about restricting the rights of lawful gun owners.

The press conference also seems to be timed for right before the next meeting of the Public Safety and Security Committee (11am, room 1E), where they will be voting on more bills. The agenda of that meeting has not been made public yet. I’ll put up another post when it is.

I know we’ve been spending a LOT of time at the LOB already, but if anyone has some free time, it would be good to attend.

Gun Control Poll

I see that the antigun group “Connecticut Against Gun Violence” (CAGV) is asking their members to take a poll hosted by the News-Times of Danbury.

CAGV on Facebook

Well, let’s make sure our voices are heard as well! Go HERE to vote in the poll, and make sure everyone you know does too.

CT Gun Grabbers True Agenda Revealed!

“They” say they don’t want to take away your guns.

“They” say they just want common sense restrictions on your rights.

Well, don’t you believe it! Sure, that’s what they tell you. That’s what they tell the press. But the truth be told, they do indeed want to take away your guns. Just see what they say behind your backs:

That’s right, they want your lawfully purchased property confiscated and DESTROYED!
Are you going to let them take away the tools you use to protect yourself and your loved ones? As a great patriot said last Saturday on the steps of the Capitol building; “Get involved! Stand Up! Step Up! Speak Up….Dammit!”
EVERY person who believes in our Constitution needs to do just that. Call. Write. Show up and testify! Show these gun grabbers that we will not go quietly.

The first gun hearing is January 28th, at 10am in Hartford. The info about that was posted here.
There will also be another hearing in Newtown on January 30th at 6pm. Info about that can be found here.

The time is now. If we do not act, our rights, our heritage, will be lost. It’s much harder to get a right back after it’s been taken then it is to prevent it in the first place. We need to prevent this.
You need to prevent this.