Christie Reveals Anti Gun-Owner Stance
In a move that did not surprise New Jersey gun owners, Governor Chris Christie made it clear that he is no friend of the “right to keep and Bear Arms” (RKBA) in New Jersey. As revealed in an email from a spokesman for the governor, Christie has not changed his position since his 2009 campaign when he told The Record:
“I believe that each state should have the right to make firearms laws as they see fit. I don’t believe it’s right for the federal government to get into the middle of this and decide firearms laws for the people of the state of New Jersey.”
This in spite of the fact that the state’s entire NJ Republican delegation in the House voted for a bill that would grant National Reciprocity to any U.S. citizen who has a legitimate license to carry a discreet handgun in their home state for self-defense (please see following article):
Once again, Chris Christie turns his back on Conservative Republicans and the freedom loving people of New Jersey and sides with the likes of super liberals like Frank Lautenberg and Loretta Weinberg. He could not make his distrust of legal, law-abiding firearms owners any clearer.
For some inconceivable reason, our governor fails to understand several key points regarding legal firearms ownership. First of all, it is a fundamental unalienable right of a free human to use arms to protect their life, loved ones and property. Second, in recognition of this right, the founders codified in the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. Since that is a FEDERALLY mandated admonition, it is entirely appropriate that the RKBA be recognized on a National basis WITHOUT interference from the states or anyone else.
The bill in question is H.R.822. This bill does not allow dangerous criminals to carry firearms in New Jersey. It simply allows those law-abiding individuals who have gone through the legal process of obtaining a carry permit in their home state to carry discreetly in any state. It prevents law-abiding carry permit holders from having their legitimate RIGHTS infringed upon by people like Chris Christie.
Considering that our governor will not allow the decent law-abiding citizens of our OWN state to legally carry a discreet handgun for self-defense, it is no surprise that he opposes this bill. Governor Christie’s inability to understand the basic laws of nature (such as the morality of self-defense) and the dictates of the Constitution he has sworn to uphold has kept NJ citizens in a constant state of victimization. If you are prevented from defending your life and your family once you leave your doorstep, you are forced into being a potential victim. The fact that more than 40 of the 50 states routinely issue concealed carry permits to their law-abiding citizens should be duly noted here. Furthermore, it has been more than adequately demonstrated by Professor John Lott in his book “More Guns Less Crime” that as legal gun ownership increases, violent crime decreases. There is no excuse for treating NJ citizens as second class Americans.
I encourage each and every respectable law-abiding person in New Jersey to write to the governor and to the Senators of this and other states and tell them that you support their efforts to pass Bill H.R.822 and stop the victimization of so many decent fellow Americans.
Frank Jack Fiamingo is the President of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society - www.nj2as.com - the most active organization fighting for the right to keep and bear arms in New Jersey.