The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut. We are especially dedicated to protecting the unalienable right of all citizens to keep and bear arms, for the defense of both self and state, through public enlightenment and legislative action.
We welcome anyone who believes that the defense of our constitutional rights is critical to the longevity of our freedom and to the success of this nation, and in particular that the rights to self defense and to keep and bear the arms to actualize that defense, are fundamental and undeniable.
May 11, 2011 (Groton, CT) – Popular Connecticut gun rights organization the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is now collecting canned goods at all of their meetings and events. Donations will be given to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and St. Johns Church in Sandy Hook. Scott Wilson, president of the volunteer organization, says "Community action has always been a part of our mission, we don't want to be seen as a group that only cares about guns. Firearms are just one part of the equation that represents individual liberty, and a lot of individuals have lost much of what they've spent their lives trying to build. Helping others is a moral imperative for us, just as we promote firearms ownership to lower the crime rate and keep the good guys safe." The CCDL holds regular meetings at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Middletown Elks Lodge. Meetings are open to everyone but come early as seats fill up quickly.
This letter will explain why CCDL was founded, and the mission we intend to fulfill.
After a lot of behind the scenes preliminary work from the founding members and others who came on board shortly after our first several meetings, we have chosen a direction based on voluntary action through “hands on” participation. Additionally, following much debate, we have decided to rely on voluntary financial contributions.
If we are to grow toward our vision, we will need ideas, input and, above all, involvement from everyone at every level. All ideas submitted during meetings are debated in committee and a consensus is then reached on future organizational structure. We encourage everyone to attend general meetings to get a feel for how they are conducted and offer your comments. Fresh input will be essential to becoming an effective state-wide organization commenting on issues concerning Connecticut firearms statutes.
Over the next several months, we will be asking for and identifying volunteers as committee heads to begin developing the guidelines we will use to achieve these goals:
To begin a dialog with members of the Connecticut Legislature to ensure our views on firearms rights are clearly communicated.
To convey contact information to members regarding laws our legislators may be introducing which could hinder or further our rights concerning firearms... The membership will then be requested to email, call or write their legislators to offer their positions on the language being proposed.
To develop plans for public gatherings at appropriate locations deemed necessary to convey our message. (local and out of state)
To carry the message gun ownership is a right given all citizens, in good standing, of this State. We want the public to know it is also a right for all citizens to be responsible for and prepared to defend their lives and liberty if needed.
As CCDL grows, and we accumulate knowledge, expertise and wisdom, the “welcome message” included in this statement, will surely evolve.
It is not enough for the gun owners of Connecticut to rely solely on national organizations to defend our rights in this State. We have to become a vocal, visible and responsible organization to promote the benefits of firearms ownership to the people who may be indifferent to the rights and responsibilities we have as citizens of a magnificent free society. Please join us and become a supportive member of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League.