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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Guest Post – A Gun In A Newtown Coffee Shop

Note: This is a guest post by CCDL member Lou Carpenter.
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There is one other town between my home and Newtown. Through the years, I’ve spent a lot of time in the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, through friendships, working, shopping, dining, motorcycling, fishing, hunting, and drinking coffee. I too, have personal connections to some of the victims of the senseless tragedy that a madman committed that day. My prayers, condolences, and best wishes have been, and continue to be offered to those that are suffering from that unthinkable act of evil and violence.

I am also a gun owner. A legal, licensed, law-abiding, responsible gun owner. I belong to several firearms related organizations. Before now, you wouldn’t have known that though, as firearms issues have always been a matter of contention, and I had felt that it was a private issue for me. I’ve frequented Newtown’s businesses, dined in their restaurants, built some of the more affluent homes in the community, and spent countless hours drinking coffee. All with a concealed firearm. I’ve worked at your homes, conducted business, made small talk, joked and laughed, enjoyed friendships, frequented shops and restaurants- all while I had a handgun in my pocket. You didn’t know that I legally carried a firearm, I didn’t advertise it, and we all got along wonderfully. You welcomed me, accepted me, shook my hand, and asked me to keep coming back. You didn’t call me a ‘gun nut’ or ‘militant’ or ‘crazy’ or ‘violent’ or anything else. I was just any other guy out of the many that you would interact with throughout the course of the day. I felt respected, and welcomed.

Recently however, in light of the relentless and undeniable attack on our 2nd amendment rights, I’ve made a decision to be more vocal and open about my beliefs.

I wore my holster on my hip.

Instantly, the community viewed me differently. And while I understand the emotions that fuel those feelings, I believe they are misdirected. I am not Adam Lanza. My firearms have never committed any crimes. I am still the same sane, responsible, upstanding, law-abiding member of the community that I have always been. Nothing has changed, I am the same man I was before.

A gun did not cause Newtown’s tragedy that terrible day. A madman did. He murdered his own mother before lashing out at the community’s most innocent and defenseless members. Insanity was the catalyst that fueled those horrific events, not firearms. The failure to adequately address a young man’s obvious and apparent mental health issues allowed the unthinkable to occur. It wasn’t the rifle’s fault. It wasn’t the fault of my firearms, or those of my friends. It wasn’t the fault of the tens of millions of other gun owners across our nation.

Judging me, categorizing me, and vilifying me for my firearm is narrow minded and unfair. I am not the cause of your grief. A gun is not the cause of your grief. What is, is an untreated and unrestricted psychotic. That is the uncomfortable truth that we all need to face. As with other recent tragedies, firearms didn’t kill that day, a madman did. The answers lie in adequately identifying, treating, and caring for those that don’t have the ability to think and behave as responsibly and rationally as the rest of the community.

How about letting go of the anti-gun discourse for a little while, it’s not going to prevent another incident. Let’s all work together to understand and treat the mental health issues that were the real cause of the tragedy, that is where we might realize a measurable and lasting impact.

Some Municipal Elections Today

Polls are scheduled to be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the city of Groton and towns of Andover, Bethany, Union and Woodbridge. Elections are also planned in the boroughs of Bantam, Danielson, Fenwick, Jewett City, Litchfield, Newtown, Stonington and Woodmont.

If you live in those towns, go vote! Even though these are minor elections, they can still impact your gun rights. In some towns your First Selectman may be the one who signs off on firearm permits. The Selectmen also decide if your town supports antigun orgs like the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Some towns are electing people to the Board of Education. Think about the antigun curriculum being taught in some schools. Some towns are electing people to the Zoning Board. Remember Woodbridge last year?

Sandy Hook Shooting Search Warrants Released

As promised, State Police have released some of the search warrants from the Sandy Hook School shooting. I have not had a chance to read them, but here they are. Warning, I understand some of this may be disturbing

Counter-protest! Antigun Protest Tomorrow in Newtown

NOTE: We posted this yesterday, but took it down because we decided we didn’t want the antigun types to have time to cancel or reschedule. It’s back up now, please share far and wide!

According to an article published yesterday in the News-Times of Danbury, the antigun crowd is planning a protest for tomorrow, March 28th, in front of the headquarters for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Why they are protesting sport/target shooters I have no idea; I would think if you really wanted to stop the violence you would protest in front of a drug gang’s headquarters or something. I can only guess it’s because sport shooters are safe and law-abiding and located in a nice neighborhood, and gang shooters are scary, criminals, and hang out in the bad part of town?

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. We’ll be meeting in front of the NSSF headquarters at 4pm, located right off rt 25 at 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown. Parking is tough, but you can park single file along Tinkerfield Rd, which is across from the NSSF. If you bear to the right after turning on Tinkerfield, there is also some parking along the road by the VFW. Do NOT park at or block the VFW, and do NOT park in the NSSF’s parking lot., 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.

  • What: Counter-protest in support of the NSSF
  • When: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 4pm
  • Where: NSSF Headquarters, 11 Mile Hill Rd, Newtown, CT 06470


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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!

CCDL Message to Our Members

We are all saddened and shocked at the slaughter of innocent school children and teachers in Newtown on Friday the 14th. Our heads and hearts are still reeling with sorrow and grief.

Since this incident, there have been calls for various types of gun control ranging from banning “assault weapons”, banning “high capacity magazines”, to banning all guns completely.

While CCDL and all gun owners are certain to face what is likely to be an avalanche of these various gun control measures, it is important that we realize any argument that we give anti-gun forces regarding a compromise only creates the next argument for them. In other words, if we acquiesce to the notion that so called common sense gun control exists, then they will surely always offer more “common sense”.

Does this mean that we will be successful in our efforts to protect us from bans on certain firearms or magazines? The answer is we simply do not know. Regardless of any uncertainty, the position of CCDL is that we stick to our principles that guns or magazines, of themselves do not murder people in cold blood.

These are trying times for gun owners and 2nd Amendment supporters. We have had our rights both challenged and whittled away, one law at a time, for many years. It is even likely that some of you have reevaluated your own personal convictions after this horrific event. We are all human beings and these feelings are natural.

After the shock has worn off, it will be time to regain our footing and realize that we are on the side of what is right. Murder and evil come in many forms and will always be a part of human society. It has been this way, long before guns existed. Evil will still exist even if they somehow confiscate every last weapon.

CCDL is working on an outline to help protect our children that will be put forth to legislators, media and gun control proponents. This may be met with skepticism, or embraced. Either way, we will continue to state our principles and stick by them with hands on activism, that will undoubtedly be needed to preserve our 2nd Amendment rights.
We Will not Surrender our rights!

There is no mistaking that the push has begun at the federal and state level to methodically dismantle the 2nd Amendment of our U.S. Constitution. Please stand with us in preserving our rights. Join us at the Capitol when the time comes.

We as an all volunteer grassroots organization want to thank all our members, for supporting us in every way, from physical help, to ideas presented via email and at meetings, to testifying along side us on gun bills, and especially for the financial contributions donated through our website, PO Box and at our General Meetings. Again we say Thank You!

Carry On!