I agree with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the “question” (how it’s up for debate is beyond me) of Israel’s right to defend itself, Save Jerseyans, an action that he’s backed up by finding his way to Israel’s second most populous city in the midst of Gaza rocket attacks despite an FAA ban on U.S. air traffic.
But the hypocrisy of America’s leading billionaire is stunning given his ongoing campaign to prevent Americans from being able to defend themselves with legally-purchased firearms… don’t ya think?
Governor Chris Christie once again defended his magazine ban veto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, fending off a horde of hungry media ghouls during a campaign swing in Connecticut on behalf of the RGA’s gubernatorial candidate:
Can I be brutally frank with you for a moment? As if you expected anything less…
This young man wasn’t the first law enforcement professional to die in the line of duty; he may be the first to have an alleged murderer who was memorializedin both real life (and Facebook world) in the immediate wake of the fatal shooting and leading to plenty of outrage here in New Jersey and around the country.
Disgusting though it might be, the act of lionizing a suspected cop killer perhaps isn’t as troubling as the underling cultural rot that it signifies… and millions of Americans’ blindness to it…
Gov. Christie was absolutely correct in vetoing the Legislature’s magazine-limit bill, despite Sandy Hook-parent Hugo Rojas’ protestations to the contrary. The bill was not only trivial, but it was cynical to boot since it did nothing but regurgitate the long-standing agenda of gun control advocates in New Jersey without addressing what really was at the heart of the Newtown, CT tragedy: defenseless children and teachers left at the mercy of a deranged individual who should have been locked up.
If you want to solve problems, the first key is correctly identifying them, not trotting out tired, politically correct memes that pander to sentimentality. It’s obvious that a big problem at Sandy Hook – a problem lawmakers in New Jersey ignore and perpetuate today – is defenseless schools.
Another problem is the hands-off attitude taken by local and state officials and law enforcement against mentally ill people who, like Adam Lanza, have a long, documented and scary track record of violent behavior yet are allowed to walk the streets.
Ignoring the real problems in favor of political pandering is what the Legislature did with the magazine-limit bill. Gov. Christie was right to veto it, and Mr. Rojas’ is mistaken in his criticism.
Calling a bill that would have reduced permitted ammunition magazine sized from 15 rounds to 10 “reform in name only,” Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed A2006 this afternoon.
In his conditional veto message, Christie said the bill follows the well worn path of empty rhetoric, political self-promotion and polarizing intolerance in the face of violent crimes committed with guns:
“Difficult choices are brushed aside in favor of empty rhetoric. Uncomfortable topics are left unexplored, while easy soundbites and videoclips are packaged for consumption. Appropriate empathy for victims, and their suffering survivors, blurs with politics and elected officials’ self-promotion to create a polarizing intolerance. We ignore the hard for the expedient, the controversial for the safely familiar, and the costly for those cheaply recycled answers that never really address the root causes.”
Christie sent the legislation back to the General Assembly as a bill that he says addresses violence by fixing critical short comings and crack in the mental healthcare system.
We can (and have) given you a thousand constitutional, fact-based, logical arguments AGAINST the 10-round magazine legislation currently burning a hole on Governor Chris Christie’s desk, Save Jerseyans, and he milks every last second of his remaining couple of weeks of decision-making time. But sometimes those of us who try to reason our way through public policy debates forget that a strong plurality of our fellow citizens simply react to stuff; their decisions are emotional, and they regularly reelect politicians who know how to manipulate those emotions.
So here’s the best 2-minute emotional (yet also entirely accurate) anti-magazine ban argument that you’ll find out there on the vast, untamed Internet:
And unlike global warming, Save Jerseyans, home invasions and analogous gun crimes don’t result in human fatalities only within the creative confines in a Hollywood studio… just sayin’…
Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney took a critical approach state Senator Dick Codey’s proposal for “gun restraining orders” on Monday night’s edition of Chasing NJ. Matt was interviewed back-to-back with Codey, the primary sponsor, and a career opponent of #2A rights in the Garden State.
One again, Asm. Christopher J. Brown (R-8) of Burlington County was the sole Republican YEA vote, while Democrats Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) of Cape May County, John Burzichelli (D-3) of Gloucester County and Celeste Riley (D-3) of Cumberland, the latter two being the district mates of magazine ban champion Steve Sweeney, voted against the bill.
Two Democrats - Shavonda E. Sumter (D-35) and Pam Lampitt (D-6) – didn’t vote.
The official roll call is re-posted below the fold…
I used to be decent at predicting what he’d do next, Save Jerseyans, but these days there’s no telling what’s going to come out of the Christie Administration front office. Vetoing a wildly-unconstitutional ammo magazine ban which may soon be burning a hole on his desk makes sense from both a policy and political perspective. It also happens to be the right thing to do! But as the 45-day deadline to a decision ticks down (a toll which begins from the date that the Assembly adopts amended changes), and there’s still no indication of when he’ll decide (or how he’ll decide)…
Like I said, your guess is as good as mine. Anxious 2A backers everywhere are watching and waiting.
While we wait, New Jersey’s resident competitive shooting star (no pun intended), 9-year old Shyanne Roberts, spent a day at a North Jersey range with our friends from Chasing New Jersey to discuss how the legislation would impact her budding career…
The New Jersey State Senate passed S993 on Monday by a largely party-line vote of 22-17, Save Jerseyans, approving its own version of wildly-unconstitutional legislation reducing magazine capacity in the Garden State from 15 to 10 rounds. [Note: the Assembly version is A2006.] Steve Sweeney’s chamber also passed A2777, a companion bill designed to dramatically limit residents’ ability to transport firearms, by a similar margin of 21-17.
One silver lining? The Senate GOP came out strong against it.
Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. told his Facebook following that he voted against S993 “…because criminals and terrorists do not follow our laws and will not reduce their magazines from 15 rounds to 10 rounds; This bill does nothing to improve public safety, distracts from the productive solutions of tackling mental health and illegal gun trafficking and subjects our responsible and caring friends and neighbors to jail time for no good reason.”
An added bonus? The presumptive CD1 Democrat nominee, Donald Norcross, is the committee’s chairman, affording the front runner candidates a rare opportunity to stare each other down outside of the parameters of a debate or chance fairground meeting…
Nearly half of the states in the Union stepped up to challenge New Jersey’s woefully unconstitutional anti-concealed carry gun control law, Save Jerseyans, but the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant certiorari in the Drake v. Jerejian matter on Monday, dealing a heavy blow to Second Amendment enthusiasts in our home state and beyond.
Heads up: the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee is meeting at 10:30AM today (Monday 5/5/14) to consider two new pieces of legislation: S993 and A2777.
They may be “new” in the strictest sense of the word, Save Jerseyans, but it’s basically the same old ridiculousness repackaged and regurgitated by our Trenton overlords.
S993 adds additional firearms to the ten round magazine limit adopted by the Assembly back in March, A2006, which is also on the menu this morning. A2777 imposes new restrictions on the transportation of firearms in New Jersey.
You know the drill. Find your legislator’s contact information here and defend your right to defend yourself and your family!