Conn. Gov: NRA's LaPierre Is a 'Clown'

Plus: John McCain doesn't understand GOP threat to filibuster gun control

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 7, 2013 12:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – Dannel Malloy, Connecticut's governor and recent signer of its new round of gun control, wasted no time in firing back at the NRA and Wayne LaPierre on CNN today, saying, "Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention, and that’s what he’s paid to do.” The NRA president had earlier this week criticized the new legislation as simply making "law books thicker for the law-abiding people.” Continued Malloy, as per the Wall Street Journal: "This guy is so out of whack. It’s unbelievable. Ninety-two percent of the American people want universal background checks. I can’t get on a plane as the governor of the state of Connecticut without somebody running a background check on me. Why should you be able to buy a gun or buy, you know, armor-piercing munitions? He doesn’t make any sense.” Malloy said his state's earlier assault weapon ban had "loopholes you could drive a truck through." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial:

  • John McCain on GOP threat to filibuster on gun control: "I don't understand it. What are we afraid of? If this issue is as important as we all think it is, why not take it up and debate? Everybody wants the same goal: to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally disabled."
  • Chuck Schumer on the Gang of Eight's immigration bill: "So far, we're on track. All of us have said there will be no agreement until the eight of us agree to a big, specific bill but hopefully we can get that done by the end of the week."
  • McCain on North Korea: "More than once wars have started by accident and this is a very serious situation. South Korea would win, we would win if there was an all-out conflict. But the fact is North Korea could set Seoul on fire and that, obviously, would be a catastrophe of enormous proportions."
  • Arianna Huffington on Clinton 2016: "She's obviously running. She could be an incredible leader in helping us do our life and our success differently, not just for women but for me."

In this April 4, 2013, photo, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signs legislation that includes new restrictions on weapons and large capacity magazines, a response to the Newtown shooting.
In this April 4, 2013, photo, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signs legislation that includes new restrictions on weapons and large capacity magazines, a response to the Newtown shooting.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gestures at a gun violence conference in Danbury, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gestures at a gun violence conference in Danbury, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, salutes at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, salutes at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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