Country club Republican

(The other) Tom Foley swore he only shot bb guns and was shot down by the voters

(The other) Tom Foley swore he only shot bb guns and was shot down by the voters

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.

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  1. Anonymous

    I absolutely am in favor of extremely strict laws to restrict, control, and reduce the gun violence described in the article linked below:

    http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2013/01/gun-violence-national-conversation-we.html

    With strict punishments and exposure to criminal and civil liabilities for the perpetrators mentioned.

  2. FlyAngler

    Chris – what’s with so many Anons lately? Are the gun control trolls subscirbed to your posts?

    As for Foley, someone please ask him to define “high capacity” please. I own a Sig P229 that is designed for standard mags of 12 rounds in 40S&W. I also own a Sig P226 that is designed with standard mags of 15 rounds of 9mm. So for my chosen self-defense pistols, my “standard capacity” is either 12 or 15, not 10.

    But if my chosen self-defense handgun was the veru popular Glock 17 the “standard” capacity would be 17 rounds of 9mm.

    Or, if my choice was the FNH FiveSeven my “standard” mags would hold 20 rounds of 5.7mm rounds.

    In all of the above instances, the standard mags do not protrude below the bottom of the pistols’s grips so they are not “extended” mags which could be construed as being “high capacity” (like the 33 round mags Loughner used in the Giffords shooting).

    So my question for Foley, Moffley and any other mag limiters is: why is 10 rounds a non-scary “standard” mag capacity and 11 rounds a very scary and must be banned “high capacity”?

    Or, please explain how 10 rounds as a threshold entered the legislative lexicon.

    An informed response would be appreciated.

    • “An informed response would be appreciated.”
      Oh, Fly, I love it when you’re being ironic!
      But don’t hold your breath.

      • FlyAngler

        Chris – If I held my breath waiting for an informed response, I would be dead by now.

        In Hartford on Monday, I asked the head of CT Against Gun Violence, an organization calling for the surrender/confiscation of “assault weapons” and 10+ round mags, what the legislative origin of those two critical terms were. The gentlemen, the leader of the primary gun control lobby organization in CT, did not have a clue. He had no idea of the history of these concepts and yet he was calling for the most draconian restrictions in the entire USA. And he is considered a bonafide expert by the Dems in Hartford and I am considered a selfish gun owner.

        You can’t make this sh!t up.

  3. anonymous

    The handle Fly Angler is so much more revealing than Anonymous. So brave to expose all. Something fishy about that one.

    • FlyAngler

      Oh you got me Anon! That right, I am a troll, who just happens to have been commenting here with the same screen name for years. Yeah, fishy.

  4. looks like the firing range at round hill club

    now the epa should check those grounds for lead contamination

    is he pointing the gun at bourk or noel coming off the links.

    lots of crackling shots in the air can be heard 3 miles away in those still woods.

    too bad about the nasty lyme ticks in those woods.

  5. his ex

    just dont point that thing at me

  6. FlyAngler

    Given the choice between listening to the likes of Foley or Moffley on legal guns and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, I will choose Booker:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/02/02/mayor-booker-legal-gun-buyers-arent-causing-murders-newark-and-chicag

  7. FlyAngler

    Oh, and I would toss this one into Jack’s email Inbox if I had the choice:

    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/17/16567367-nbcwsj-poll-nra-more-popular-than-entertainment-industry?lite

    NBC/WSJ poll: NRA more popular than entertainment industry
    By NBC’s Mark Murray
    As Washington prepares for a political battle over the Obama White House’s proposals to curb gun violence after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that the National Rifle Association is more popular than the entertainment industry.

    Forty-one percent of adults see the NRA — the nation’s top gun lobby — in a positive light, while 34 percent view it in a negative light.

    By comparison, just 24 percent have positive feelings about the entertainment industry, and 39 percent have negative ones.
    The NRA’s fav/unfav score is virtually unchanged from its 41 percent-to-29 percent rating in the Jan. 2011 NBC/WSJ poll, nearly two years before the Newtown shootings.