Advocates Protest Outside NSSF Headquarters [Video]

Video: Newtown Action Alliance member David Stowe speaks to reporters about the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Representatives from the Newtown Action Alliance and other anti-gun violence organizations spoke at a protest rally across Church Hill Road from the Newtown Shooting Sports Foundation Monday morning, calling on the organization to take responsibility and work to curb gun violence in America.

"The industry is selling dangerous fantasies," said Stowe, one of several speakers at the rally, including State Rep. Kim Fawcett (D-Fairfield), who compared gun marketing to the marketing of cigarettes to children in the 1970s.

Some supporters of the NSSF and other firearms organizations appeared at the protest, including a group campaigning against State Sen. John McKinney for governor. One advocate, Matt Battali, stood across the street from protestors and said he came to show support for the NSSF.

"The Newtown Action Alliance chose a vulnerable time to come here and attack [the organization] while they're at a trade show," he said.

The NSSF-organized S.H.O.T. (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show begins Tuesday in Las Vegas.

In a statement issued Monday, the NSSF's Bill Brassard said the group "firmly reject[s]" the mischaracterization of the group, citing their involvement in efforts to curb gun violence including distributing gun locks and supporting criminal background check processes.

"We all abhor the criminal misuse of firearms," said Brassard. "We understand that emotions run strong. But it is important to keep in mind that the Department of Justice and the Pew Research Center have both documented a dramatic 30-year downward trend in the use of firearms in violent crime, even as our nation’s population and the number of guns owned by Americans has risen significantly."

Police were present at the event to maintain order.
Thomas Paine January 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Pat - Maybe, just maybe, some cooler heads are prevailing at SHP and they realize that the issue with gun violence has little to do with law-abiding gun owners and more to do with illegal guns used in the state's urban centers as well as mental health issues. Maybe, they have actually looked at the NSSF's record of supplying over 13mm gun locks, fostering education programs and promoting better gun designs to limit accidental discharges. Maybe, just maybe, some sanity is coming to some of the groups that have sprouted in the past year and that is why SHP is not participating in this publicity stunt. I am not hopeful that this is correct but one can hope for some semblence of sanity in the future.
Thomas Paine January 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM
BTW Davis, I am looking forward to your article covering the April 5th CCDL rally and hope that that article's title will also read as favorably with the use of "advocates". Something like "Advocates for Personal Gun Ownership Rally at State Capitol". That "advocates" word has such positive connotations and should be equally applicable for any neutral writer of such articles.
Watchdog January 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Paul Alexander January 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Some people were just born to be useful idiots.
John Castigo January 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Another Mother January 14, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Another day, more senseless killings. An other wonderful husband murdered, another loving wife now without a husband, another innocent child now without a father. http://www.tampabay.com/resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/01/newfamily_12264343_8col.jpg
Paul Alexander January 14, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Yes...It was senseless. And if convicted he will do 25 years minimum. Probably Life. Florida's minimum required sentencing laws for felonies involving a gun are some of the toughest in the nation. But, as senseless as it was, it’s not a gun issue no matter how hard you try to force that square peg into that round hole.
Paul Alexander January 14, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Florida has a very balanced approach to its gun laws and personal gun ownership. The state is a "Shall Issue" state. Responsible adults are treated as such and allowed to own and carry concealed firearms. But if you break the law the state will absolutely HAMMER you. 10-20-Life. I know a 23 year old kid who pulled his legally concealed hand gun and brandished it to keep a gang of punks from beating his a$$. He didn’t fire. He got three years for aggravated assault just for waving his handgun and scaring off the punks. The judge had NO discretion to consider the circumstances and the DA wouldn’t reduce the charges. Florida…Carrot and stick. Connecticut is all stick.
Another Mother January 14, 2014 at 02:26 PM
This senseless murder was 100% about guns. Anyone who is in denial about this is not dealing in reality.
Paul Alexander January 14, 2014 at 02:30 PM
No ma'am. It is a PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY issue. Just as a fork isn’t the reason people are obese. But nice try.
Paul Alexander January 14, 2014 at 02:36 PM
P.S....Your keyboard offends me...
Another Mother January 14, 2014 at 02:51 PM
So shoot me ! that's what gun worship is all about.
Thomas Paine January 14, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Mom - There is no such thing as "gun worship" except in the minds of folks who think all owners of firearms are "gun goons". There is a world of difference between myself and other law-abiding gun owners and the inner city boys/men who are at the core of 90%+ of what you see as a gun violence problem. That retired sheriff in Florida? Based on what I have read, I believe he deserves to have the book thrown at him for discharging his firearm in a non-life threatening situation. Sure, he "might" have thought his life was at risk but there does not appear to be much eyewitness testimony to support that. But back to "gun worship", that is a canard developed by the civilian disarmament cabal as part of an effort to demonize law-abiding gun owners. It is a classic rhetorical strategy of the Left used to demonize a certain subset of the population in an effort to alienate the opponents from the rhetorical-middle in any debate. "Gun worship", "gun goons", "knuckle draggers", "gun fetishist", "baby killers", and so on are used routinely to mock gun owners. Yet, we are all around you. We sit next to you at Starbucks, at sporting events, at PTA meetings, in houses of worship and even at many of the memorial services a year ago. We live in your town, in your neighborhood, possibly even next door. In some cases, we are related to you by blood or marriage. Yet, because of the overly vocal views of people like you, we do not tell you about our guns for fear of offending you. Newtown has a fine tradition of civilian gun ownership, near-town hunting many moons ago and residents of Newtown continues to apply for their pistol permits in near record numbers. However, since you have chosen to plant rhetorical yellow stars upon our chests, we just don't tell you who we are. That is why NAA was able to draw a couple of dozen people at the NSSF offices and the CCDL will draw 2,000 or more to the Capitol in April.
tkfour January 14, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Another Mother = troll. *yawn*
Thomas Paine January 14, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Now that is clear as her profile has vanished into the ethers. What happened to tk4?
Randy DaRos January 14, 2014 at 09:59 PM
Why no mention of the vile screaming, and threats of violence directed at Mr. Battali by the NAA thugs?
Tony Mann January 15, 2014 at 06:49 AM
@ Another Mother So how about giving up your car and cell phone. 12 kids are killed every day by texting and driving and app 30 thousand people are killed in cars. this does not include kids killed by drugs prescription or otherwise. So do you have a gun safe for your prescription drugs have them registered and not have more than TEN in one container. This Florida shooting has not been fully investigated yet so lets wait for that. If the shooter is guilty the court will decide his fate. But as usual all the anti gun nuts are screaming as usual. By the way the so called assault weapon ban has been in effect in Ct and the people that are in the drug trade are still getting them with no problems in CT. Who would have figured.
CoffeeFan January 15, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Wow, NAA people were threatening protesters on the other side?! So much for the "We Choose Love" bit... they choose love, but only if you conform to their beliefs!
Thomas Paine January 15, 2014 at 09:14 AM
The voices of tolerance and caring shout down those with whom they disagree - who would have thought it? The sad part is, if you were ever able to actually engage some of these NAA folk in a discussion of gun violence, gun ownership, historical precedents and anything else that a substantive discussion could include, you would find them woefully uninformed or misinformed on these things. Like many on the Left (and the Right for that matter), they see themselves as being morally, emotionally and ideologically correct and that is enough to trample the rights of others. I have a couple of discussions with these people and found it interesting that they feel totally justified in conjuring up a "right" for women's health choice (ie abortion) as part of the "pursuit of happiness" and yet see nothing wrong with their wanting to abridge the First and Second Amendment rights of other citizens. Because they think their ideology is enlightened and pure, they feel they can judge the rights of others. I am not seeking to open a discussion on women's health issue but pointing out that there are folks on the Left who see some "rights" as good and some as worthy of being curtailed if not taken away.
John Castigo January 15, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Thomas, I have tried several times to engage the anti-gunners in rational dialogue. Needless to say, (as you astutely mentioned), they are woefully ignorant to anything regarding gun rights and our Second Amendment, instead defaulting on the "It's for the children!!" mantra which is basically them standing on the caskets of the dead to justify their own bias. There is no grey area here. Either you support private, individual, Constitutional, and legal gun ownership or you do not. After enduring the tedious demands and jumping through each and every financial hoop of the CT gun permit chase, I have no intention ever of relinquishing my guns or my natural right to self-defense, and no amount of emotional bullying or photo-opp weeping will change my mind on this.
John Castigo January 15, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Why do we consider that rights are gifts from our government? Natural law prevails, and no politician or statesman can strengthen or detract from that. Be a victim or be the one who stands strong. It's your choice. But when your choice to be a victim comes to fruition, do not look to me to help you out.
Barry Golden January 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM
I suppose that you fearless Rambos think that the maniac in the FL theater was "standing strong" when he murdered a defenseless father of a young child who was trying to enjoy a movie date with his wife. I'm sure he is your type of hero. www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/movie-theater-witnesses-no-punches-only-popcorn-thrown-before-shooting/2160911
Thomas Paine January 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Barry: "Rambos"? You just validated my point on the demonization strategy employed by some. Given this is your first comment using that screen name, I can guess that you are someone else who regularly resorts at ad hominem. If you care to actually read the comments above, you will find me saying: "That retired sheriff in Florida? Based on what I have read, I believe he deserves to have the book thrown at him for discharging his firearm in a non-life threatening situation." He is no one's definition of hero, except the gun grabbers who use this case to extrapolate onto every law-abiding gun owner the faults of this foolish old man.
Paul Alexander January 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Now Jim Sullivan is posting as Barry Golden??? Barry GoldenJanuary 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM I suppose that you fearless Rambos think that the maniac in the FL theater was "standing strong" when he murdered a defenseless father of a young child who was trying to enjoy a movie date with his wife. I'm sure he is your type of hero. www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/movie-theater-witnesses-no-punches-only-popcorn-thrown-before-shooting/2160911
Paul Alexander January 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Rule #1...When someone, or a group like NAA, is making an A$$ of themselves, just shut up and get out of their way. NAA is the best 2A advocates you could ask for. They are extreme and their extremeness is the best thing gun rights advocates could ask for. Let them continue their public protests. ENCOURAGE their public protests! Send gun rights advocates to their events and let the public see their unhinged venom.
Paul Alexander January 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM
The Wesely Chapel shooting by the retired former professional law enforcement officer will work its way through the Florida judicial process. At the First Hearing the defense intimated a Stand Your Ground defense. When the judge denied bail it was a pretty good indication that SYG won’t fly with the judge under the circumstances known to the Judge so far. If convicted in Florida, the act of firing a gun while committing a felony is a MINIMUM 25 year sentence, which is essentially a life sentence for a 70 year old. Then there is always the eventual civil suit. Won’t bring the victim back, but if the Cop is convicted in FL, he is TOAST at sentencing which ultimately strengthens Florida’s very reasonable gun laws, further protects Florida’s responsible and law abiding gun carrying citizens, and puts on notice those citizens who would entertain the thought of violating the state’s gun laws.
John Castigo January 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Not a one person with any common sense believes that the retired cop shooting an unarmed man over texting is what the Second Amendment is about. However, in the mind of the hopeless hoplophobe, this is a watershed moment to scream about how gun supporters are evil. Tedious.
Barry Golden January 15, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Some people just should not have guns.... //nypost.com/2014/01/15/heartbreaking-911-calls-revealed-after-mom-kills-2-kids-then-herself/
Thomas Paine January 15, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Paul Alexander January 15, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Some guns just should not have deranged owners...//nypost.com/2014/01/15/heartbreaking-911-calls-revealed-after-mom-kills-2-kids-then-herself/


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