Opinion: Governor Christie was right to veto gun magazine bill

By Scott St. Clair

Scott St. Clair1Gov. 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.

 

Posted: July 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Opinion, Sandy Hook Elementary School | Tags: , , , , , , , | 20 Comments »

Christie vetoes gun control legislation, Re-writes bill as mental health reform measure

IMG_6919Calling 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.

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Posted: July 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Governor Christie and Gun Control

By Bader George Qarmout

Bader-Qarmout-portrait-picIn the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre in December of 2012, many politicians moved to give the appearance of doing something about gun control. My heart continues to brake for the families who will always feel an emptiness in their life. New Jersey politicians were not immune from the pressure of passing gun control bills. I was opposed to new laws and urged others to join me in opposition.  The thirteen bills passed by the New Jersey legislature that landed on Governor Christie’s desk did little to address the real issues and did nothing to prevent a similar massacre from reoccurring.

Last week Governor Christie addressed the last three of the thirteen bills. The first ten bills were signed into law by the republican governor. The National Rifle Association classified 2 of the 10 as a benefit to gun owners and two were opposed by NRA. I remain opposed to the signing of those 2 bills. The remaining six bills had a negligible impact on gun owners and were not opposed. This week Gov. Christie Vetoed and returned the remaining 3 of the 13 bills. Of all thirteen bills the three remaining bills were most intrusive and an offense to the Constitution and violated Liberty. My family and I are proud gun owners and members of the NRA and New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS). I urge all good patriots who support the 2nd Amendment by joining either or both organizations.

I want to thank and applaud Governor Christie for vetoing the remaining gun control bills because I truly believe when you take guns away from law abiding citizens; you empower the criminals and embolden the government against the citizenry.  Thank you Governor for defending the 2nd amendment and standing with 1 million lawful gun owners in New Jersey who are law abiding citizens, because to punish the innocent along with the guilty is no justice at all.

 

Posted: August 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Newtown CT | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Christie Announces His Anti-Violence Program

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Keeping New  Jersey SAFE

Governor Christie Puts Forward Comprehensive and Common  Sense Plan to Strengthen Existing Gun Laws and Background Checks, Bolster  Criminal Penalties and Target and Treat the Root Causes of Mass Violence

 

Building on New Jersey’s already strong guns laws that rank  among the toughest in the country, Governor Chris Christie has a  comprehensive and responsible action plan to help reduce gun violence.   The plan focuses on four distinct areas:

 

  • Responsibly Expanding New Jersey’s  Already Stringent Gun Control Measures
  • Making Mental Health Treatment And  Screening Mandatory For Those Who Need It Most, And Making It Easier For  Health Professionals To Order Treatment For Individuals In Crisis
  • Addressing The Influence Of Violence  In Video Games On Today’s Youth By Requiring Parental Consent
  • Bolstering Criminal Penalties For  Gun-Related Crimes And Reforming Bail Laws To Keep Our Most Violent Offenders  Out Of Our Communities

 

RESPONSIBLY  EXPANDING NEW JERSEY’S ALREADY STRINGENT GUN CONTROL MEASURES

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Posted: April 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Second Amendment | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll On Terror Watchist List Anti-Gun Bill

In this remarkable video, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris) questions Assemblywoman Linda Stender on her bill, A3687, which would prohibit citizens on the federal terrorist watch list from receiving permits to purchase firearms in New Jersey

The bill passed the General Assembly 63-3, with 3 legislators not voting and 10 abstaining.

Click here to view the Assembly Roll Call on the bill.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, NJ State Legislature, Second Amendment | Tags: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Governor Christie’s Press Conference: NJ SAFE Task Force

Governor Chris Christie held a press conference this afternoon to announce the formation of the New Jersey SAFE Task Force which he has established to address violence control in the State.

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Posted: January 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

What about the pharmaceuticals?

As President Obama readies himself to announce his new executive restricts on gun rights, we might ask what he is doing about pharmaceuticals.

The following is the last facebook post of John Noveske, a gun manufacturer who died is a single driver car crash on January 4, a few days after the post:

Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18  (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1  teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical  records have never been made available to the public.

Jeff Weise, age 16,  had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose  for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many  fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12  wounded.

Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School,  was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to  his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the  event.

Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking  Prozac.

Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while  taking Zoloft.

Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet  after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and  Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire  killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac  treatment.

Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then  killed two students, wounding six others.

A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft)  in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his  school.

Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a  high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were  killed, five others were wounded..

A young man in Huntsville, Alabama  (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one  sibling and almost murdering another.

Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin)  and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students,  one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high  school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class  mates.

Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a  bat.

James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood,  South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing  two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two  teachers.

Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school  shooting in Pennsylvania

Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school  shooting in El Cajon, California

Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after  five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

Chris Shanahan,  age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

Jeff  Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came  home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s  file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

Neal Furrow (Prozac)  in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac  along with several other medications.

Kevin Rider, age 14, was  withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially  it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death  was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been  taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

Alex Kim, age 13, hung  himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

Diane  Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after  suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

Billy  Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was  prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July  2002.

Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung  herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor  wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit.  I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to  Paxil…”)

Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he  committed suicide in 2002,
(Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death  and killed himself.)

Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung  herself in her family’s detached garage.

Matthew Miller was 13 when he  saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist  gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging  by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on  Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and  writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

Woody  ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly  before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had  seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he  have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

A boy from Houston, age  10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was  increased.

Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school  student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft  and “other drugs for the conditions.”

Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary  student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student,  before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a  benzodiazapine.

Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people  and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University  auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac,  Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of  Xanax in his system.

Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been  taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at  Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.
Asa Coon from Cleveland, age  14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon  was on Trazodone.

Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired  a shotgun at a teacher in his
New York high school.

Missing from  list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….

What drugs was  Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21…… killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in  Tuscon, Az

What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12  people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado

What drugs was Jacob  Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or

What drugs was  Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct
Roberts is  the only one that I haven’t heard about being on drugs of some kind.

Source: Natural News

Posted: January 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Aurora Massacre, Connecticut Murders, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Second Amendment | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

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Posted: January 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cartoons, Connecticut Murders, Gun Control, Guns, Newtown CT | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Rible wants to protect gun owners’ privacy

Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible (30th District, Monmouth) announced yesterday that he will propose legislation that would prohibit the public release of the names and addresses of gun permit holders.

The Journal News, the suburban New York affiliate of the Asbury Park Press, published a map of and the names and addresses of gun permit holders from Westchester and Rockland Counties on Sunday, December 23.  The Gannett owned publication obtained the information from the county clerks of Westchester and Rockland via New York’s Freedom of Information Law.  Since the December 23 publication, the Putnam County Clerk has declined the Journal News’ Freedom of Information request for that county’s gun permit holders’ information.

A Westchester based blog, Talk of the Sound, responded by publishing the names and addresses of Jounral News employees, including those of the reporter who wrote the original story and Gannett’s CEO.  A group of hackers broke into the company’s subscriber database.  They are distributing the names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords of the 10,000 subscribers of the paper’s website to anyone who asks.

The Journal News hired arm guards to secure its Rockland County headquarters.  JN didn’t report that they hired arm guards. That stroy was broken by their competitor, The Rockland  County Times.

Rible’s proposed bill would prevent that kind of nonsense from happening in New Jersey.

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park Press, Connecticut Murders, Gun Control, Guns, Media | Tags: , , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

America Is To Blame For The Massacre In Connecticut

By Jordan B. Rickards, The Rickards Review cross post

I believe in the right to own a gun.  As a conservative, I believe in a right to be able to defend myself and my home, and I believe that right is all the more necessary in today’s America.  As a skeptic, I doubt that an outright ban on firearms would accomplish much more than to disarm the law abiding people who we don’t have to worry about in the first place.  And as a freedom loving person, while I certainly don’t believe in armed insurrection, I do confess discomfort with the idea of a world where the government controls all the weapons.

But I can’t avoid how I feel right now in the wake of the slaughter in Connecticut.  I feel angry.  I don’t remember feeling this way after Columbine, or Virginia Tech, or the Aurora Colorado movie theatre shootings.  I remember being sad and dejected, but not angry.

When tragedies happen, it’s natural to look to somebody to blame, and groups like the N.R.A. are always the first and easiest targets.  I’ve defended them in the past.  After all, you don’t see N.R.A. members committing massacres. That’s because, in addition to being obsessed about guns, they’re also obsessed with gun safety and education to ensure that guns are used in a responsible way, so that the right to own them is not compromised.

But in their seemingly reflexive opposition to even the most reasonable and common sense regulations, they fail to consider that maybe America as a whole is simply not capable of responsible gun ownership within the framework of the current regulatory scheme.  Or perhaps I should say, “no longer capable.”

Conservatives receive a lot of criticism for wanting to “take us back to the 1950′s.” That might not be a bad idea. I’m not talking about rolling back civil rights, or technological advances. I’m simply stating the obvious, which is that a lot of the problems we have today didn’t exist back then.  Families were intact.  Drug use was comparatively rare.  Cities were livable.  Violent crime was a fraction of what it is today.  Schools didn’t get shot up.

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Posted: December 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Connecticut Murders, Gun Control, Sandy Hook Elementary School | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »