Unfortunately, it has become somewhat less than startling when Connecticut’s politicians make absurd and baseless claims that slander their constituents who work in the gun industry. First it was Governor Dannel Malloy, who told CNN that: “What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible – even if they are deranged, even if they are mentally ill, even if they have a criminal background,” Malloy said. “They don’t care. They want to sell guns.”
Despite a strong letter of protest from executives at Mossberg, Malloy not only refused to apologize for his incendiary and baseless claims, but actually doubled down on his remarks in a subsequent interview.
Now comes Senator Chris Murphy, who gave a press conference at the Connecticut state capitol this past Friday, along with Senator Dick Blumenthal. They vowed to continue pursuing the passage of expanded background checks, and a reporter asked how they would counter the “legitimate reasons” that NSSF and others opposed the bill. Murphy not only said that reasons for opposing the bill were “made up,” but he also repeated Malloy’s slanderous claim. You can watch the video for yourself here, the exchange begins at 12:01.