Connecticut’s Democratic governor accused the National Rifle Association of being a “terrorist organization” as the gun control debate has stalled in the U.S. Senate, with no sign that anything will happen soon.
Gov. Dannel Malloy compared the NRA to such groups multiple times, saying it has evolved into a different organization from what it used to be more than a decade ago.
"They act quite frankly in some cases as a terrorist organization,” Malloy said Monday, according to Fox61. “You want to make safer guns? We will boycott your company. That's who they are. That's what they do.
"The NRA today is a far cry from the NRA that in 1999 said that teachers shouldn't carry weapons in schools,” he continued. “Or in the '90s said we should have universal background checks. They have in essence become a terrorist organization."
An NRA spokeswoman slammed Malloy for resorting to “political stunts and childish name calling” instead of having a serious discussion on gun policy.
“The NRA is comprised of over five million law-abiding citizens many of whom are teachers, doctors, policeman, farmers, moms and dads residing in Connecticut,” spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said. “So let’s be clear Gov. Malloy just called tens of thousands of his constituents terrorists.”
The war of words carried on into Tuesday with Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin calling it “ridiculous” that the NRA would be considered an authority on gun safety.
"The idea that the NRA should be recognized as a voice for gun safety is ridiculous," Bronin said.
Bronin had earlier urged Connecticut lawmakers to rid of any mention of the NRA in state laws. Currently, state law names NRA training as a valid course for firearms instruction for residents who want to obtain a firearm permit.
“Mayor Bronin is putting politics above the safety of Connecticut citizens,” NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said in a statement.