Malloy Calls the NRA a “Terrorist Organization”March 7, 2018
Sadly, not surprising from the nation's most unpopular governor.
According to a recent Fox 61 report, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) called the National Rifle Association (NRA) a “terrorist organization.”
Governor Malloy also came out Monday and agreed with Mayor Bronin’s call, even going on to say the NRA has developed into a “terrorist organization.”
An NRA spokeswoman quickly called out Malloy’s rhetoric as a “political [stunt] and childish name-calling.” The fact that the governor has called the NRA’s over five million members “terrorists” may not be surprising to some, but may also not help his standing as the most unpopular governor in the nation.
Mayor Luke Bronin (D-Hartford) has also gone after the NRA as of late, calling for lawmakers to end the organization’s role in state permit processing. Bronin seems set on stepping away from the state’s capital city, though, which is near fiscal ruin, as just last year he formed an exploratory committee eyeing the governorship.
Meanwhile, Malloy has been happy to praise the defense industry, which employs vast numbers in the state who make weapons for the military. State officials also have seemed fine with state pension funds investing in gun manufacturers. But for Malloy, citizens in the NRA who lawfully own firearms appears a step too far.
Malloy’s NRA comments are another example of the governor playing to his progressive base with rhetoric and name-calling. For politicians like Malloy, Bronin, and even Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), the rhetoric seems less aimed at real solutions and more aimed at lucrative fundraising and party-building opportunities.
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