Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said the National Rifle Association is acting like a "terrorist organization," according to Fox61 TV.
"They act quite frankly in some cases as a terrorist organization," Malloy said. "You want to make safer guns? We will boycott your company. That's who they are. That's what they do."
His comments came just weeks after 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since the mass shooting, a national debate has reignited over gun control.
"The NRA today is a far cry from the NRA that in 1999 said that teachers shouldn't carry weapons in schools," Malloy said. "Or in the 90's said we should have universal background checks. They have in essence become a terrorist organization."
But the NRA's Jennifer Baker countered: "The NRA is comprised of over five million law-abiding citizens many of whom are teachers, doctors, policeman, farmers, moms and dads residing in Connecticut. So, let's be clear Gov. Malloy just called tens of thousands of his constituents terrorists."
The Hill noted Malloy, a Democrat, was governor during the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012. Since then, Malloy has pushed for stronger gun laws, the website added.
"Voters are fed up with politicians who engage in political stunts and childish name calling rather than serious policy discussions aimed at making our schools and communities safer."
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