Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy: NRA’s LaPierre like ‘clowns at the circus’

April 7, 2013
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) briefs the media on the elementary school shootings during a press conference on Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. Twenty-seven people were killed, including 20 children, after accused gunman Adam Lanza allegedly opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton.
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) briefs the media on the elementary school shootings during a press conference on Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. Twenty-seven people were killed, including 20 children, after accused gunman Adam Lanza allegedly opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) on Sunday compared National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre to "clowns at the circus."

"Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention, and that's what he's paid to do," said Malloy on CNN's "State of The Union."

LaPierre suggested Thursday that the new gun control laws passed in Connecticut wouldn't have prevented the mass shooting at a Newtown school late last year. The new regulations, he said, wouldn't deter criminals from illegally obtaining guns and would only impose further burdens on law abiding gun owners.

Malloy defended the laws he signed, saying they are "probably a little tougher on everybody." The new laws include a tougher assault weapons ban and new restrictions on large capacity ammunition magazines.

"The gun that was used to kill 26 people on December 14 was legally purchased in the state of Connecticut, even though we had an assault weapons ban. But there were loopholes in it that you could drive a truck through," Malloy said.

Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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