Newtown Action Alliance Urges All Newtown Business Owners to Ban Guns in their Establishments

Following closely on the heels of our federal legislators, The extremist antirights group Newtown Action Alliance is also trying to circumvent state and federal laws by bullying establishments into banning their law-abiding customers right to self-defense. This is the press release they sent out today, followed by comments from CCDL’s president Scott Wilson.

Open Letter to All Business Owners in Newtown

Newtown, CT- On January 6th, a customer shopping at Caraluzzi’s in Bethel was concerned upon seeing another customer openly carrying a handgun. After this incident, some Newtown residents called for a boycott until Caraluzzi’s bans firearms in its stores. Last week, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Representative Elizabeth Esty called on the Connecticut Food Association to ban open carry of guns in retail stores.

There are no federal laws restricting open carry of firearms and, with the gun lobby’s influence, more than 40 states now allow open carry. In Connecticut, there are no state statutes that prohibit open carry of handguns for someone with a valid pistol permit, and no permit is required to openly carry a long gun. The law, with few exceptions (such as police officers on duty), prohibits carrying firearms on school or General Assembly property, loaded handguns in vehicles, and handguns where barred by law or a property owner. Supermarkets, food retailers, restaurants and other private establishments in Connecticut have the legal authority to ban firearms from their premises.

Last year, when Texas approved its controversial open carry law to allow handgun license holders to carry their handguns openly, numerous private business owners including H.E.B. (the largest private company in the state of Texas) and Trader Joe’s stood up and banned open carry in their stores.

Many U.S. companies have created policies to ban all guns in their establishments nationwide. These include Safeway, Chuck-E-Cheese, Ikea, Sonic, Whole Foods, Costco, Buffalo Wildwings, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, California Pizza Kitchen, AMC Theaters, Disney World, and Toys-R-Us.

Contrary to the rhetoric from the gun lobby, more guns do not create a safer society. A 2014 Stanford research study reaffirmed that right-to-carry laws are linked to an increase in violent crimes. Research demonstrates that states with higher gun ownership have higher rates of gun deaths. Americans are 20 times more likely to be shot and killed by a gun than those from other developed nations. Nearly 100,000 Americans have died from guns and guns have injured nearly 250,000 more since Newtown. Gun violence is a public health and safety issue.

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, the gun violence prevention movement is stronger than ever. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 125 gun safety laws have been passed in 41 states since that time. We now have comprehensive background check laws in 18 states. While we fight for more legislative changes, a broad coalition of advocates, responsible gun owners, civic organizations, faith groups, celebrities and corporations must work together to change the gun culture to end gun violence.

The Newtown community in particular requires increased sensitivity, love, and compassion from local business owners, as there are many in our community who continue to suffer from PTSD. We strongly recommend that all business owners in Newtown join our movement to create a safer and less intimidating environment for our children and families by banning all guns in their establishments.

CCDL president Scott Wilson responds:
“The press release from the Newtown Action Alliance (Feb 3rd) in which they request ‘all business owners’ in Newtown ban the lawful carry of firearms into their establishments is a flat-out wrong course of action. This is an insane request for a couple of reasons. The first of which is that anyone who is carrying a firearm legally has been background checked on multiple levels and should be entitled to be able to protect themselves. The second reason should be a reminder to the people in Newtown that if there were armed people in Sandy Hook at the time of the massacre, it may have been stopped in its tracks, or might have never happened at all. To have the mindset that people should not ever be armed is utter madness and insanity. It’s an open invitation for slaughter”.

“I really hope that business owners and the like understand that police cannot be everywhere, and that most mass murders happen in places where guns are banned outright. The Newtown Action Alliance is deliberately trying to put innocent people in real danger. They need to understand that applications for pistol permits in Newtown increased after what happened in Sandy Hook. People want to have the ability to protect themselves and not have to cower in fear and left pleading for their lives to a madman”.

In addition to Scott’s comments, let me add this. One of President Obama’s Executive Orders following Sandy Hook was to give the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) $10 million to study gun violence. When the study came out, it received little media attention, and was virtually ignored by groups like Newtown Action Alliance. Perhaps because the study President Obama commissioned found that:

  • Armed citizens are less likely to be injured by an attacker
  • Defensive uses of guns are common
  • Mass shootings and accidental firearm deaths account for a small fraction of gun-related deaths, and both are declining
  • “Interventions” (i.e, gun control) such as background checks, so-called assault rifle bans and gun-free zones produce “mixed” results
  • Gun buyback/turn-in programs are “ineffective” in reducing crime
  • Stolen guns and retail/gun show purchases account for very little crime
  • The vast majority of gun-related deaths are not homicides, but suicides

Not exactly the findings NAA and other anti-constitutional groups wanted to hear, which is why they ignored it and kept shopping around until they finally found a so-called “study” that matched their agenda.

I will also point out that a recent Pew Research study shows that homicide rates have decreased 50% in the last 20 years, while firearm ownership is at historic highs. The study also found New Hampshire one of the “safest places on the planet”. NH has minimal gun-control laws. No permit is needed to purchase a gun. As a matter of fact, no permit is required to openly carry a firearm in public. A (easily obtained for $10) permit is only needed to conceal a firearm. Many other states with what NAA considers lax and inadequate gun control laws like Vermont and Maine are almost equally safe. But people like NAA will continue to peddle fear and emotions; because when the facts are not on your side, what else is there to do?

One last thing for the business owners of Newtown and elsewhere.
While nobody intent on committing a crime or causing harm is going to see a “No Guns Allowed” sign on the door and go elsewhere, your law-abiding customers will.
We’ve made the decision to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We won’t NOT carry a gun the day we shop in your store; we will simply not shop in your store. We have expended considerable time, effort and money to be able to legally carry a firearm; we won’t give that up because your store is a mile closer or a few cents cheaper.

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.

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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.

Counter-Protest The Antigun Rally in Newtown!

According to a letter recently published in The Newtown Bee, the antigun crowd is planning another protest for Monday, January 18th, in front of the headquarters for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. In part it appears they are protesting the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe. For the life of me I can’t figure out why people who claim they aren’t actually anti-gun but just pro gun safety would oppose an actual, effective gun safety program is beyond me.
I would think if they really wanted to stop the violence and promote gun safety they should protest in front of a drug gang’s headquarters or in a high crime neighborhood. I can only guess it’s because we’re safe and law-abiding gun owners and the NSSF is located in a nice suburban neighborhood, and drug dealers are scary  criminals and hang out in the bad part of the big city?

Whatever their reasons, they say they are speaking for all of us. We need you to show up and show them that’s not the case. Connecticut has a large number of legal gun owners. We’ll be meeting in front of the NSSF headquarters at 3:30pm, located right off rt 25 at 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown. Parking is tough, but you can park behind the Reed School, by the soccer and baseball fields on Old Farm Rd (see map below). DO NOT PARK on Tinkerfield Rd. Any crossing of Mile Hill Rd. is prohibited, except up by Reed School where you park.
Remember you are technically parking on school grounds.

  • Bring Pro2A signs.
  • Bring American flags.
  • Bring a sign thanking the NSSF for what they do.
  • BE RESPECTFUL AND POLITE! Don’t let someone goad you into an argument or fight. Remember the media will be there.

What: Counter-protest in support of the NSSF
When: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 3:30pm
Where: NSSF Headquarters, 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown, CT 06470

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Project ChildSafe

Recently we posted about how some antigun groups were opposed to Project ChildSafe and their mission to distribute free gun safety kits and trigger locks. How you can claim to not be antigun and for gun safety while opposing actual working gun safety programs such as Project ChildSafe or the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program makes no sense to me. But then, gun control is not really about facts or common sense, is it?

CCDL firmly believes in responsible gun ownership over arbitrary and unconstitutional laws and regulations. This includes using good judgement (not mandatory storage laws) to keep guns out of the hands of unauthorized people.

We are proud to announce that CCDL is now a supporter organization for Project ChildSafe’s campaign to promote voluntary safe handling and storage of firearms. You can join us in committing to firearm safety & responsibility and sign their “Own it? Respect it. Secure it.” pledge today: ProjectChildSafe.org/take-the-pledge

Visit the Project ChildSafe website for other ways you can get involved. ProjectChildSafe.org
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“Gun Safety” Groups Oppose Free Trigger Lock Program

According to an article in the Newtown Patch:

The Department of Justice awarded Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation a grant for its free gun lock program, but the move has upset at least two other groups.

The DOJ awarded a two-year $2.4 million grant for NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program to encourage responsible firearm storage. The Newtown Action Alliance and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence launched a petition to cancel the grant.

Yes, you read that right. Two supposed “gun safety” groups (Including one based here in CT) are opposing the use of taxpayer money to fund an actual and effective gun safety program. Why the heck would they do such a thing? Because despite the claims by these groups that they support safe, lawful gun ownership, the truth is the only form of “gun safety” they approve of are gun bans. I guess their mantra of “if it saves just one life it’s worth it!” only applies to gun bans as well. According to the NSSF, Project ChildSafe has already distributed more than 37 million free firearm safety kits through its law enforcement partners across the country, including almost 50 locations here in Connecticut. That’s potentially at least 37 million lives saved. How can they oppose such a program and still claim they support gun safety?

Remember this next time they try to tell you they aren’t anti-gun, they just support gun safety and responsible gun ownership.

Public Hearing and Press Conference – 3/22/2013

Reminder
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
PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA
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 appropriationtestimo@cga.ct.gov 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.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

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.

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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.
REF. APPROPRIATIONS

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.

Town Hall Meeting – 2/19/2013

The Newtown Action Alliance is sponsoring an educational Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday Febuary 19th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall at 12 Berkshire Road, Newtown. Confirmed panelists include Senator John McKinney and Reps Mitch Bolinsky, Dan Carter, Gerry Fox and Lonnie Reed. All Connecticut residents are encouraged to attend. Come and learn about and influence legislation that the Governor’s special task force may be recommending. Great chance for dialogue with key lawmakers. Spread the word!