Dave Gallagher, left, commander of Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 in Shelton, talks to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, right, during Murphy\u2019s visit on Monday. (Photo by Brad Durrell) Listening to their conversation is Jack Finn, a Democratic alderman in Shelton, Vietnam War veteran and Post 16 member. Murphy, a first-term Democrat, hosted a \u201cPancakes and Politics\u201d breakfast with community leaders at the American Legion Post 16. About 40 people from Shelton and Monroe listened as Murphy discussed his current legislative priorities and answered questions from the audience. \u2018The first thing your grab\u2019 Gallagher, who lives in Shelton, later asked Murphy during the Q&A session whether he would support a constitutional amendment intended to make it a crime to burn the American flag. \u201cThe American flag is the first thing you grab after 9\/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing,\u201d said Gallagher, who supports the amendment.(Story continues below) Murphy said he doesn\u2019t believe the proposal will come up for a vote. He said he certainly values the flag and all it represents, and respects the American Legion\u2019s strong views on the issue, but he appeared to indicate he\u2019s unlikely to back such an amendment. \u201cI\u2019m a very strong proponent of the First Amendment ... I tend to default to free speech,\u201d said Murphy, noting he\u2019s open to hearing all views on the issue. Look for more coverage of the breakfast in this week\u2019s print edition of the Shelton Herald.