NJ Democrats miscast point man on gun control
Like many machine politicians, Assemblyman Joe Cryan collects two paychecks: one from the State Legislature and another from Union County, where he is paid to be an Undersheriff. The Assemblyman also operates a couple of businesses.
With so much on his plate, you wouldn’t think he has time to lead the Democrats’ charge on gun control. Think again, because this guy once did all the above while being the Chairman of the State Democratic Party too.
Yesterday’s dump of anti-gun legislation had Joe Cryan’s name all over it. Before 2012 was out, Cryan was capitalizing on the recent murders in Newtown, Connecticut by calling for a limit on the number of rounds a gun can hold. A press release from his office (December 26, 2012) states:
Under current law, it is unlawful to own or possess an ammunition magazine that is capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition. The bill would reduce the maximum capacity of a legal ammunition magazine in New Jersey to five rounds. The bill would take effect immediately. The bill is the first in a series that will be introduced as part of Cryan’s gun safety campaign.
On Monday, he dropped another press bomb:
In the wake of the Newtown tragedy and other recent mass shootings, Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union) has introduced legislation to ensure the mental stability of anyone authorized to purchase a firearm in New Jersey.
Specifically, the bill (A-3667) would require anyone applying for a firearms purchaser identification card or a permit to purchase a handgun to pass a mental health screening administered by a medical doctor or licensed psychiatrist in New Jersey.
Under the bill, the mental health screening would be developed by the Superintendent of the State Police in consultation with the Commissioner of Human Services.
“If law enforcement officers are required to undergo psychological testing in order to carry a firearm and hold their position, why shouldn’t civilians as well? I think you would be hard pressed to find any mass shooting where mental illness did not play a factor. This is a common sense move that is long over due in my opinion,” added Cryan.
All of this raised some eyebrows. It was quietly noted that the Cryan family had long been associated with activities in support of the Irish Republican Army, and while one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, there is the case of Gerry McGeough. The Assemblyman should be very familiar with McGeough, who is serving twenty years imprisonment for attempted murder. In August 1988 he tried to cross the Dutch-German border with two fully automatic AK47 rifles in his car. He was later extradited to the United States, where he was charged with attempting to buy surface-to-air-missiles in 1983. He served three years of his sentence in an American prison until his release in 1996, when he was deported to the Republic of Ireland.
Cryan’s Beef and Ale House in South Orange closed on New Year’s Day. As the Star-Ledger’s Auditor column reported on Sunday, “Cryan’s ran into trouble last year after the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control said it served underage customers.”
Cryan’s was a long time meeting ground and fundraising venue for some very curious elements of the Irish Republican cause. As Cryan noted to the Auditor: “We are all just glad the walls can’t talk.”
That’s for sure. Maybe somebody should drop some legislation to mandate that all prospective members of the New Jersey Legislature “pass a mental health screening administered by a medical doctor or licensed psychiatrist in New Jersey”?