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 »

FAIR HAVEN: SHOTS FIRED, TWO ARRESTED

FAIR HAVEN: SHOTS FIRED, TWO ARRESTED (via redbankgreen)

Two Rumson men were arrested Saturday following a predawn report of shots fired, police said. Matthew Robertson, 21, and Michael Robertson, 22, were stopped by police as they attempted to flee after shots were reported in the area of Tyson Drive and…

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Posted: June 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Fair Haven, Guns, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Fifth person shot in Neptune in 5 days

Fifth person shot in Neptune in 5 days (via NJ.com)

NEPTUNE – One person was shot on Milton Avenue late Thursday in the third night of gunfire in the township in less than a week, authorities said. The male victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman…

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Posted: May 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Crime, Guns | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Man caught with loaded handgun after chase in Asbury Park, police say

Man caught with loaded handgun after chase in Asbury Park, police say (via NJ.com)

ASBURY PARK – A Long Branch man was charged with possession of a weapon after he led police on a foot chase and tried to get rid of a handgun, authorities said. At around 3 p.m. on Saturday, the city’s Street Crimes Unit was on a proactive patrol…

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Posted: May 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Guns | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Man robbed, shot in Asbury Park

Man robbed, shot in Asbury Park (via NJ.com)

ASBURY PARK – A 29-year-old city man was shot during the course of a robbery on Sunday night, police said. At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, two men with handguns approached a man, who was not identified, on the 1500 block of Bond Street at around…

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Posted: April 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Guns | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Christie not defending N.J. gun law in state’s highest court

Christie not defending N.J. gun law in state’s highest court (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is not defending a second legal challenge to one of New Jersey’s toughest gun-control laws, The Star-Ledger has learned. The Republican governor, who has said previously that he supported New Jersey’s…

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Posted: January 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

To Live and Die In Asbury Park (Part Two)

By Ernesto Cullari (originally published in triCityNews)

cullariThere have been seventeen victims of shootings this year in Asbury Park and five murders. According to some reports we are on track to match violence levels not seen in 20 years. People on both sides of the train tracks are scared.

I’ve read many opinions about how to stop the violence among our youth in Asbury Park and in other cities, where poverty is an issue and most of the solutions focus on more government and more police intervention.

It isn’t government intervention or the threat of jail time that makes a person stop in the moment of anger and refrain from pulling a trigger. Laws don’t prevent kids from joining gangs. Government programs won’t stop a 14-year-old boy from engaging in unprotected premarital sex with a young girl his age and the government certainly won’t raise their child; The government doesn’t teach our youth about the value of human life; but parents do, good role models do too and the Bible does, as well.

Did Martin Luther King, Jr. quote from some government handbook handed down from Valerie Jarrett and Kathleen Sebelius when he faced down both the rising influence of the Black Panthers and social oppressors or did he quote from scripture? If we’re going to rely simply on more government programs, more police and new political initiatives to fix the rising tide of violence in our communities then we’ve failed before we’ve begun. If Christianity, shared in the public square, changed the world then its message certainly can help change the course of our societal problems now. To think otherwise is to ignore the last 2013 years of Western history.

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Posted: September 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Ernesto Cullari, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Lautenberg returns to Washington to vote for gun control measures. Anti-gun legislation still fails in the Senate

220px-Frank_Lautenberg,_official_portrait,_112th_portraitU.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg returned to the Senate floor in a wheelchair today, after a six week absence due to muscle fatigue caused by cancer treatments, in order to give gun control advocates a the deciding vote in legislation that would expand the use of background checks for gun purchasers.  The legislation failed, 54-46. Sixty votes were required for passage.  Other gun control measures failed in the Senate today by wider margins.

Four Democrats voted against the background check amendment.  Four Republicans voted for it.

President Obama said, “It is a shameful day in Washington,” as family members of children killed in the Newtown, CT massacre stood behind him.

Obama, Senate Democrats, NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, the New York Times, et al, as well as Barbara Buono and Sheila Oliver in Trenton, have been pushing to further restrict the right to bear arms since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown on December 14 of last year.

Today’s legislative failure by Obama and the left is a victory for law abiding gun owners and the 2nd Amendment.

Today could be marked as the beginning of the lame duck phase of Obama’s presidency.

Most Americans don’t care, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.  Only 4% of Americans think guns are a major problem.  Yet Washington and the national media have been consumed with the issue for the last four months.

Gallop Guns poll

 

Posted: April 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Connecticut Murders, Frank Lautenberg, Gun Rights, Guns, Media, Newtown CT, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Second Amendment | Tags: , , , , , | 25 Comments »

How to stop mass shootings

Hat tip to Jim Gearhart, NJ 101.5

 

Posted: January 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »