So today 45 US Senators showed their true colors.  YELLOW.  Those 45 are more afraid to stand up to the NRA, the NSSF and other groups who are more interested in ensuring that the flow of weapons and instruments of death and destruction remain in our communities than working to ensure that people who should not have these weapons, don’t have them.

COWARDS.  That is the only word that can describe these 45.

COWARDS.  For failing to stand up to a lobbyist with a checkbook.

COWARDS.  For failing to stand with the vast majority of these United States who want to keep weapons of death out of the hands of those too dangerous.

COWARDS.  45 people ignoring the mounting deaths of so many Americans.

COWARDS.  45 people can now say that they did nothing to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.

COWARDS.  45 people who want to keep the gun show money flowing into their campaign coffers more than they want our communities safe.

COWARDS.  Shame on You for doing nothing while our country, state, town and neighbors weep.

This post was written by Eric Paradis, Sandy Hook Father, Newtown DTC Member.

NRA’s vile robocalls must end

The Newtown Democratic Town Committee has learned that the National Rifle Association has been sending robocalls to Sandy Hook School families and Newtown residents.  Residents have also described post cards coming into their homes. The insensitivity of the NRA is astonishing, or is it? No organization could be so insensitive as to bombard with robocalls our Newtown families, friends and neighbors who have spent the last three months wondering how to heal our children and ourselves. While some children are only now just beginning to sleep through the night, others are starting to show signs that this tragedy has not ended.  These calls are adding more trauma to what is an already unbearable burden felt by our children. The obvious agenda of the NRA is to intimidate and harass in an effort to silence the active and organized voice against assault weapons, and that voice is originating from Newtown.

The Newtown Democratic Town Committee Robo-response to the NRA…it’s not working, it’s not working, it’s not working. Yes, you are intentionally hurting our families and children, no we will not be intimidated by your despicable tactics. In fact, the result of your tactic is that we are seeing a substantial increase in support for Background Checks and Gun Control.

Irrespective, perhaps the NRA would like to attempt to join the human race, have some class, and have some sensitivity for the Sandy Hook families who have gone through so much. Many don’t want to hear about assault weapons either way. The DTC respects that, unfortunately…the NRA doesn’t. Our Republican Town Committee friends seem to be sitting out the Background Check and Assault Weapons debate. We do hope they will stand up and at least join us in vociferously opposing the NRA’s Sandy Hook Robocall harassment.

Ending Gun Violence


                                               PRESS STATEMENT

GUN VIOLENCE, AGAIN.  Our hands covered our mouths. Our tears ran. Our faces dropped, and our hearts broke when we heard and watched violence against our children in Stockton, in Jonesboro, in Nickel Mines, at Columbine, at Virginia Tech, at Newtown, and sadly, many others.  We are enveloped in gun violence, in schools, in theaters, at municipal meetings, and at businesses. The members of the Newtown Democratic Town Committee join other good and honest people that say “Enough!

The Newtown Democratic Town Committee (NDTC) submits that Game-Changing legislation is necessary. The NTDC supports State and Federal legislation being proposed by Governor Malloy and our Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, and Representative Esty. The NDTC believes that reforms in the gun market will make all of us safer. This includes universal background checks on all gun purchases, the elimination of high capacity magazines and armor piercing ammunition, and the restricting of further sales to civilians of high capacity assault weapons.

The Newtown Democratic Town Committee further endorses the work of The Brady Foundation, and Americans for Responsible Solutions recently established by former Representative Gabby Giffords. Like Representative Gabby Giffords and her husband, Naval Officer and Astronaut Mark Kelly, some members of the Newtown Democratic Town Committee are gun owners themselves and oppose interfering with hunters or responsible gun ownership. However, we recognize that other markets are regulated to protect the public.  The Second Amendment reads:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Reasonable licensing and regulation for public safety is not infringement, it is responsibility.

Finally, let the jury system address the gun industry like any other industry. Why should gun manufacturers be immune from the consequences of their actions? Let’s repeal the gun manufacturer immunity Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act signed by George Bush October 26, 2005. Let the people and the Constitutional 7th Amendment Right to Civil Trial by Jury decide whether the latest biometric fingerprint access prints on firearms, similar to what is available on doors and laptop computers, is a necessary security, and its absence a defective and unreasonably dangerous gun. The jury system changed the Ford Pinto, cigarettes, baby strollers, washers and dryers and hundreds of other products for the safety of the consumer.

The NDTC unanimously supports this directive. We encourage our Newtown Republican Town Committee friends to join us in this message.  We commend our First Selectman, Pat Llodra for her support of controlling gun violence, as well.

Newtown Democratic Town Committee

James Juliano
Chairperson, Newtown DTC

James Gaston, Sr.
Board of Selectmen,

Town of Newtown