Greenwich resident Tom Foley wants to be governor and desperately wants the approval of his fellow clubobian Jack Mo’ Fly, hip hop artist and founder of Greenwich Magazine, so he’s joined Jack in a call for feel-good gun laws that will give the appearance of doing something to respond to the Newtown massacre.
“I only own shotguns,” he insisted to the press, as though that would allow him to straddle both camps, and he continued in that vein, trying to have it both ways.
Foley stopped short of embracing an assault weapons ban, like the one sponsored by members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation at the federal level or one recently passed by New York state.
“I think the litmus test for any gun control legislation should be, would the action taken have prevented what happened at Sandy Hook?” Foley said. “It’s touchy. It’s very emotional because of what happened at Sandy Hook.”
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, which was introduced last week in Washington, would ban sales of the Bushmaster XM-15 E2S, the semi-automatic rifle used by Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza to kill 20 children age 7 and under, and six adults in the worst grade-school massacre in U.S. history.
The .223-caliber rifle meets some, but not all, of the specifications to be considered an illegal assault weapon in Connecticut under the state’s existing gun laws. It is capable of accepting detachable magazines of ammunition and has a pistol grip, both of which the state says are characteristic of assault weapons.
“I think if the manufacturer, if their intent was to produce an assault weapon to get under the laws, then it should be disallowed,” Foley said. “Then this should be illegal.”
On the push to limit the number of rounds of ammunition held in gun magazines, Foley said that if the investigation into the Newtown tragedy shows that high-capacity clips played a role in the murders, he could accept that.
“If it turns out that something with respect to high-capacity magazines would have prevented what happened at Sandy Hook, I think that’s an appropriate thing for the Legislature to consider changing,” Foley said.
Foley’s abandonment of a politically powerful constituency is as shortsighted as Obummer’s posing with a gun: it’s trading off something for nothing. Connecticut Democrats will not switch their vote to a Republican in this state merely because he’s against 10-capacity magazines and pistol grips on rifles, and those small government types who were drawn to him by his fiscal policies will almost certainly sit out the election at best, and perhaps even actively recruit a more attractive candidate.