Addressing a responsive and enthusiastic crowd yesterday at a Connecticut Citizens Defense League Second Amendment rally held at the State Capitol in Hartford, citizen journalist and right to keep and bear arms activist Mike Vanderboegh summed his message for responding to “gun control” edicts with four words, “Defy. Resist. Evade. Smuggle.”

“I'm a smuggler,” Vanderboegh began his speech.

“The facsimile of a semi-automatic pistol that some of you hold in your hands was smuggled into your state from the South,” he later explained, referring to a supply of gun-shaped sponges he brought with him to hand out to rally attendees. “Manufactured in Georgia, trans-shipped to Alabama, it came across your state line in the trunk of a car. The fact that the authorities of your state have not yet banned sponge guns is immaterial. It could as easily been a whole trunk full of real pistols.

The sponges were symbolic. Other items Vanderboegh brought with him were not, he revealed.

“On Thursday I smuggled a half-dozen 30 round AR-15 standard capacity magazines into Connecticut in deliberate disobedience of the new state diktat,” he "confessed," admitting that act is a "‘D’ Class felony.