Statement From CT Against Gun Violence on Dan Carter Smear

Fairfield, CT – Last evening, State Representative Dan Carter tweeted that Newtown Action Alliance and Connecticut Against Gun Violence are equally as accountable as the National Rifle Association for gun deaths in this country.

Carter tweeted: “Both sides are against reasonable solutions, so they are all accountable for gun deaths – NRA, NAA, CAGV.”

Carter Twitter

Equally accountable? Newtown Action Alliance, formed by a stricken community in the aftermath of the most horrific killing spree the nation has ever seen, responsible for gun deaths? Along with CT Against Gun Violence, an organization that has been fighting for gun safety for more than twenty years, contributing to the result that Connecticut now has the second strongest gun laws in the nation and the sixth lowest rate of gun deaths?

Ron Pinciaro, Executive Director of CAGV, commented: “Dan Carter, Representative for a General Assembly district that includes part of Newtown, voted against the landmark gun violence prevention bill passed in response to the enormity of the Newtown tragedy. Perhaps he is trying to rationalize that vote in this way. We have had many differences with the gun lobby in the past, but this accusation is a first.”

Social media was alive for hours late last night after the tweet with the Newtown community and surrounding towns uniformly outraged over Carter’s statement.