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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Malloy Opposes Guns in Schools in State of State

By Mark Pazniokas

UPDATE Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today in his televised State of the State speech that Connecticut must not turn its schools into armed camps in response to the murders of 26 educators and children in Newtown.

“Let me be clear. Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom,” Malloy said to the applause of legislators. “That is not who we are in Connecticut, and it is not who we will allow ourselves to become.”

Malloy began and ended his third annual State of the State address on the opening day of the General Assembly session with references to the 20 first-graders and six educators shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14.

He offered no policy initiatives in the address, a first for the first-term Democratic governor.

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Posted 01/09/13 at 06:12 PM


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This is coming from someone with 24 hour CT State Police protection.

This sort of reminds me of a few years ago when Rosie O’Donnell used to go on about guns.  She then applied for an exemption to the police so that her armed security could carry weapons on the grounds of Greenwich Academy where her kids went to school.

Posted by John Harder on January 09, 2013 at 10:19 PM | #

It really is terrible how badly this tragedy is being exploited, but what is more disgusting is the hypocrisy.
I like how Malloy over exaaggerated schools becoming ‘armed camps…and teachers with guns on their hips posted outside every classroom’;
All to the delight of his minions.
No one has gone so far as to suggest that.
Though he and congressman Himes sure enjoy their armed security as they talk it down for everyone else, as does Piers Morgan.
If it wasn’t for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.
By the way Greenwich school district is considering having armed undercover security.
In addition, other school districts already have it or are seriously considering it across the country, along with trained armed teachers (Indiana and Ohio, the response was overwhelming).
After 911 to make flying safe from terriorist we didn’t declare planes and airports ‘Terrorist Free Zones’, instead we installed locked security doors on cockpits, put armed Air Marshalls on board and tightened airport security.
When security is of utmost importance we know what has to be done and how to do it.
So why are we continuing with the same methods that have proven not to keep children safe?
Why doesn’t Gov. Malloy, Congressman Himes and anyone else who enjoys the luxury of armed protection refuse it since they are so opposed to it?

Posted by John Raho on January 09, 2013 at 11:53 PM | #

I think a good example of security would be El Al airlines.  Friends of mine have flown to Israel on them.  They have multiple armed people as security but you would never know it.  It’s very discreet.  It’s not overwhelming and not a “gun on every hip”.  Only a suicidal person would dare bring out a weapon on one of their flights.

Posted by John Harder on January 10, 2013 at 01:25 AM | #

You are correct John, and the political elites know it to be true. That is why they mock it with gross exaggerations (guns on hips outside every classroom).
If they spoke honestly about what it takes to keep someone safe they would not talk the way they are, but instead advocate similar policies they use to protect themselves and loved ones. It’s not a secret on how to accomplish that, observe what they do.
They KNOW what it takes to keep someone safe when they want to.
Look at the armed security getting into any Federal or State building. There’s not an armed guard with a gun on every hip’, but there is prudent and sufficent security.
Why must our children have less than they have to protect themselves? A lot less actually.
If it’s good enough for us, then why don’t they live by the same standards they are trying to force us to live by?
Why don’t they just declare a gun free zone around them and in their buildings?
When I see them live by the same standards they advocate for all of us then I will respect them and will consider doing the same.

Posted by John Raho on January 10, 2013 at 01:59 AM | #

Shame on this Governor to use the events in Newtown for any cover to his mis-managment of the state.  Lets be honest, he raised taxes on everyone including the middle class as much as 40-60%, the largest increase in the state income tax in the history of CT.  The result—a huge budget defcit that approached $380 MILLION, and unemployment now at 9%.  In addtion, he guranteed state workers no latoffs for 4 years, and the horrible use of overtime for pension calculations for another 11 years.  Then he grants tax breaks to friends such as the move of Bridgewater from Westport to Stamford that will cost tax payers huyndreds of million of dolaars.  And dont forget his help to the insurance indus and the millions he is giving them.

CT has $60 BILLION of unfunded liabilities for all the benefits he is giving away and not controlling.  State taxes are not grwoing the state economy.  Some would say just the opposite.  With so much moeny removed from peoples pockets. the economy in CT is getting worse while those in other states are improving.

So this Governor wants to hide behind Newtown so he does not have to expalin how he is mis managing the state.  Just look at all the social program cuts he just enacted.  I am wondering when we will see our eduction funds we normally get from the state—go away.

Hiding his huge failures behind the tragedy shows the type of guy he is.

Posted by Bart Shuldman on January 10, 2013 at 04:13 PM | #

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