Connecticut’s Malloy Appointed to Obama’s Council of Governors

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by Sharon Rondeau

Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) is suggesting similar initiatives to those which Obama detailed in 23 “executive actions” on January 16 with the purported goal of curbing gun violence. Obama’s home is in Chicago, one of the most dangerous cities in the nation, and Malloy’s state boasts two cities in the top ten most dangerous, New Haven and Hartford.

(Feb. 24, 2013) — On January 11, 2010, Barack Hussein Obama issued an executive order to initiate a Council of Governors with the purpose of promoting “partnership” between state and federal governments “to better protect our nation.”

The decree sets the number of governors on the Council at a maximum of ten appointed for two-year terms, although consecutive terms can be enacted.  One of its purposes is to provide for “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States.”  Members of the Council are summoned to convene “at the call of the Secretary of Defense” and other federal officials, including military commanders.

A month after the executive order was issued, radio host and columnist Chuck Baldwin expressed concern for what he saw as an excessive expansion of the federal government and the attempted nationalization of state resources such as the National Guard.  Baldwin believed at the time that Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri was selected for Council membership by Obama for politically-motivated reasons.  Another member appointed in 2011 was Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who had stated that he would find Obama’s original birth certificate early that year but had turned up empty-handed.

Following the shooting of 20 children and six school personnel at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012, Gov. Dannel Malloy indicated that stronger federal gun control laws must be passed despite Connecticut’s strict gun laws.

Malloy attended a forum held in Danbury on Thursday with putative Vice President Joe Biden, described as Obama’s “point man” on gun control initiatives,  along with other advocates and “activists” seeking stricter gun laws, including expanded background checks and limiting ammunition clips to ten rounds.  The day before, Malloy had signaled to the press his intention to take action on gun control without the legislature, with which he indicated frustration for failing to “reach bipartisan consensus on this issue.” Malloy had originally said that he would wait for a 16-member panel whose members he appointed to offer their recommendations on changes to gun laws.

Bloomberg reported that Biden spoke directly after Malloy at Thursday’s forum.  The two men are evidently friendly.  Of the consortium, The Connecticut Post reported:

Although the conference was billed as an academic discussion on gun violence and protecting kids, the focus was clearly on pushing gun-control legislation now on the table in Washington and Hartford.

Those with opposing views were not invited to Thursday’s meeting in Danbury, although both of Connecticut’s U.S. senators were in attendance.

On Friday, a press release indicated that Malloy had been appointed to Obama’s Council of Governors, which Malloy said was “an honor.”  The same day, Malloy was in Washington, DC participating in the National Governors Association (NGA) 2013 Winter Meeting and the Third Annual State Solutions Conference sponsored by the news source Politico and Microsoft Corporation.

Malloy is a member of the Education and Workforce Committee of the Governors’ Association.

The Connecticut legislature, which is dominated by Democrats in both chambers, expects to pass a bill mandating reduced capacity clips, stricter background checks, and “safe gun storage.” The Democrats have said that they “want a bill, and we want it now.”

The reported perpetrator of the Sandy Hook killings was not the legal owner of the firearm(s) used to slay the children and adults.  The state’s attorney’s office has denied that multiple perpetrators are being pursued in the crime.

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who is now mayor of Chicago, which has become one of the deadliest U.S. cities due to gun violence, has strategized that no one should never “let a serious crisis go to waste.”

An email inquiry sent to Malloy’s spokesperson has not been responded to as of press time.

Malloy allegedly won the governorship in a very close election to Republican opponent Tom Foley.

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