A time for mourning -- the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre -- is developing into a call to arms for gun owners.
The Second Amendment Foundation announced Thursday that it is proclaiming Dec. 14 as Guns Save Lives Day and is planning events in all 50 states to counteract what it characterized as anti-gun propaganda that exploits the tragedy.
"Our intent is not to allow our opponents to try to own that day," Alan Gottlieb, the group's president, told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers Thursday. "We assumed that they would try to use that date to try to push their gun-prohibition agenda."
Gottlieb said the logistics of the national campaign are still being hashed out and couldn't say whether there would be an event in Newtown, which is expected to be overrun with national media and politicians for the anniversary.
Twenty children ages 7 and under and six female educators were killed when a heavily armed gunman forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and sprayed the building with bullets before turning a gun on himself.
"No one at Newtown should have been a victim," Gottlieb said, "and no one in the future should be victimized by laws that do not allow people to defend themselves."
Gottlieb supports allowing teachers to arm themselves in the classroom.
"On a voluntary basis, we think it's great," he told the newspapers. "Obviously, guns save lives."
Adding fuel to Malloy's rivalry with Christie
The rivalry between Democrat Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Chris Christie -- already chock full of zingers between the governors of Connecticut and New Jersey over taxes, jobs and the economies of their respective states -- is getting ready to escalate.
In Connecticut Wednesday for a big-ticket fundraiser for his re-election campaign, Christie is next in line to become the chairman of the Republican Governors Association should he win this November in the Garden State.
"So he'll be tasked with turning blue states to red," said state GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr., who got an audience with Christie. "I've been told that Connecticut is way up there on the list."
Wrestling matriarch and former two-time GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon hosted Christie at her Greenwich compound for the $3,800-per-person fundraiser, which was closed to the media. The host committee included private equity manager and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley, who is eying a rematch with Malloy next year after losing to him by 6,500 votes in 2010.
A National Public Radio analysis listed Malloy, who is in his first term and is a former longtime Stamford mayor, as one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the nation.
Himes and Hannity jaw over Obamacare
First he gets bumped by Megyn Kelly.
So much for the conservative talking head's trademark sign-off, "Let not your heart be troubled."
The Fox News Channel commentator got into a spirited shouting match with the three-term incumbent from Fairfield County Tuesday night when Himes tried to compare the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to Hannity's medical coverage. It was not immediately clear who drank more Red Bull.
"For decades now, Congress -- just like you -- has gotten an employer contribution to their health care," Himes said.
"You don't know what I have and what I don't have. You have no idea what I have," Hannity countered.
"No, but I know you probably have a better health insurance plan than we do as members of Congress," Himes said.
Hannity was not about to let Himes get the last word.
"You know I probably have. You don't know anything," he said.
Conservatives object to allowing members of Congress and their aides to keep their employer contribution to their medical plans under the Affordable Care Act, which requires Americans to participate in insurance exchanges if they are not covered by their employers or face fines.
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