(WASHINGTON POST) — Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) on Sunday compared National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre to “clowns at the circus.”

“Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention, and that’s what he’s paid to do,” said Malloy on CNN’s “State of The Union.”

LaPierre suggested Thursday that the new gun control laws passed in Connecticut wouldn’t have prevented the mass shooting at a Newtown school late last year. The new regulations, he said, wouldn’t deter criminals from illegally obtaining guns and would only impose further burdens on law abiding gun owners.

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