McCain joined the White House in calling for an up-or-down vote on gun legislation even though he has reservations about the background check plan.
Earlier Sunday, Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy defended the tough new gun and ammunition restrictions that he signed into law at the state level on April 4. Malloy said Congress should follow Connecticut’s lead, particularly on its requirement that all gun sales be subject to criminal background checks.
Malloy assailed the National Rifle Association and its outspoken leader, Wayne LaPierre, for opposing the background check proposal even though it enjoys 90 percent support in public polls.
“Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus,” Malloy said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “They get the most attention. It’s what they’re paid to do. This guy is so out of whack it’s unbelievable.”
Malloy said the opposition of the NRA to new gun proposals “is about the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to people as possible.”
The NRA sent its own emissary to the Sunday talk shows to promote a package of school security proposals that the organization is pushing in place of new gun restrictions. Asa Hutchinson, a former Republican representative from Arkansas who led an NRA-funded task force that developed the proposals, highlighted recommendations that include the placement of armed guards at every school, even as he stressed that his group was not recommending that teachers be armed.
“It’s not about arming teachers,” Hutchinson said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Teachers should teach, and others should protect.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.