NAA Plans Event Today Outside Shooting Sports Foundation Headquarters

Activists protest outside the NSSF in 2013.
Activists protest outside the NSSF in 2013.
An office park near the corner of Mile Hill Road and Queen Street will be the setting for a continuation of a debate surrounding the gun industry Monday morning, as representatives from the Newtown Action Alliance say they will hold a press conference in front of the headquarters of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

"In Newtown, we will expose the gun industry’s shameful record of selling military-style assault rifles that are routinely used in mass shootings, while at the same time it opposes new laws and policies to help prevent gun violence,” representatives for the Newtown Action Alliance said in a statement released Monday night.

Meanwhile, the NSSF is hosting the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show in Las Vegas,  "the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries,” according to its website. NAA representatives singled out the conference as a reason for their appearance at NSSF headquarters.

The NAA’s Dave Stowe, Andy Pelosi from Gun Free Kids, Ron Pinciaro from Connecticut Against Gun Violence and Newtown families will attend the press conference, starting at 9:00 a.m., according to representative. Patch will have coverage from the conference later today.
Alex Shamar January 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM
If Democrats want guns off the street, they should take them off the table By Alan Gottlieb Another year is unfolding with state legislatures and Congress back in action, and there is no doubt that anti-gun lawmakers – virtually all of them Democrats – will once again push proposals designed to erode the Second Amendment, all in the effort to “get guns off the streets.” Here is a piece of advice for the “party of gun control,” the nickname by which Democrats have come to be known. If you’re concerned about the number of firearms in the hands of an increasing number of law-abiding citizens, stop promoting legislation that smacks of regulation, registration or outright bans. If that’s not clear enough, to “get guns off the street” you must first take them off the table. Take the subject off the grid. Stop trying to squeeze a headline out of symbolic gestures that are bereft of substance. Knock it off. Give it up. Walk away. In case you haven't figured it out, every time in recent memory that some gun prohibitionist in your ranks has launched a new gun control measure, firearm and ammunition sales go up. Recall when the Democrat-controlled Congress instituted the Clinton administration ban on so-called “assault weapons” and standard capacity magazines? There was a rush on gun stores and a ten-year supply of firearms and magazines was sold in less than a year. A couple of months later – in November 1994 – angry gun owners descended on the polls and took Congress and a number of legislatures away from your party and it took more than a decade to get some of them back. This past year has seen record sales of guns and ammunition in response to gun control legislation pushed by Democrats from the White House on down to state legislatures and even local city councils. Look what happened in Colorado in 2013. Two Democrats were thrown out of office by their furious constituents and a third had to take a hit for the party in order to avoid losing the state senate majority. If you honestly believe that cannot happen elsewhere, you've forgotten the sage advice of the late Tip O'Neill, who reminded his fellow Democrats that “all politics is local.” Simply put, gun laws backfire and in the process, Democrats create new enemies and Republicans make new friends. Do that enough times to shift sentiment in each precinct by one or two percent, and you create a tidal wave. There are a handful of smug Democrats in safe districts, but a lot more are in swing districts where people are seething over issues including the economy, their jobs and their health care. Do you honestly want to add gun control to that volatile mix with a campaign season just months away? These perennial assaults on the Second Amendment will only result in a backlash that your party didn't see coming in 1994, and what happened in Colorado should be a warning sign. So long as Democrats continue pushing measures that penalize law-abiding gun owners while doing nothing to stop crime the nation’s firearms community will conclude that the party is at war with the people, and the people will eventually fight back. Alan Gottlieb is chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.
Lauryn Hutchinson January 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM
I am less worried about the gun grabbers as I am about these Nutjobs scaring away a business that pays taxes to the town of Newtown. We need encourage business to take foot. NSSF has made there home here for years, lets not scare them away!
Paul Alexander January 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Yes Lauryn...PTR Industries is certainly enjoying their move back to America (North Carolina) now that they have left CT. And PTR is GROWING their business in NC...something they would not do while in CT.
Paul Alexander January 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM
If the Dems gun grabbing proclivities are identified as a factor in their loss of seats in Congress in 2014, then maybe Gun Control will finally be a dead issue.
Thomas Crafts January 13, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Many state republicans need to be punished in this years elections for going the wrong way on gun control. Mitch Bolinsky is visibly full of something and he needs to go. He felt he "owed it to us" to vote for gun control, and we owe it to him to vote him out.


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