Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced that he will sign an executive order on Thursday effectively accomplishing what the Republican party refuses to on the federal level: banning anyone on the terrorist watch list from buying a gun in his state.
The move comes after the President went on national television and called for the measure to be passed by congress with the following harsh criticism for his rivals:
What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security.
Governor Malloy offered his own sentiments on the issue, saying:
Like all Americans, I have been horrified by the recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris. This should be a wake-up call to all of us. This is a moment to seize in America — and today I’m here to say that we in Connecticut are seizing it.
It may not accomplish anything other than keeping terrorists from buying weapons in Malloy’s tiny little state, but what it does do is set a precedent. Hopefully other governors will follow suit. Before long, if all goes well, terrorists will have to go to places with archaic laws and backward-thinking leaders who refuse to evolve and change with a growing and changing society. There will be a line drawn in the sand (that will be suspiciously near the Mason-Dixon line) and terrorists will have an easy time of figuring which side to spend their time on.
If you are a terrorist looking to kill people and you can purchase and carry a semi-automatic assault rifle, strap it to your back and carry it into any mall in Alabama without people looking twice, would you bother going to Connecticut at all?
Probably not. Connecticut is counting on it.
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