Gov. Chris Christie is a hypocrite. He speaks about about the need for gun safety, then he vetoes a bill that would have put some sane, common sense into his states laws. Paige Lavendar on HuffPo, reports on the veto.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed legislation on Friday that would have banned .50-caliber rifles from the state, despite backing the same proposal just months ago.
This sounds like another case of 'I was for it before I was against it.' But this time,you need to look at the governor's rationale. If it's sound, then why criticize? But if it's faulty, he's got to be called on it. So try this whopper Christie fashioned in his defense of his veto:
"Tellingly, the legislature points to no instance of this class of firearms being used by even a single criminal in New Jersey," he said. "The wide scope of this total ban, therefore, will not further public safety, but only interfere with lawful recreational pastimes."
Really Governor Mushmouth, no instance of this class of firearm being used by even a single criminal in New Jersey?" What part of your ass did you pull that out from? I Googled "uses for .50 caliber rifles" and look what came up first: VPC - the Violence Policy Center's article on criminal activity with the .50 caliber sniper rifle.
The first line of the article is a quote:
"The simple fact is that .50-calibers have not been used in crimes,"
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulandam, Associated Press, August 18, 2004
Sound familiar? Now we know where you're getting your talking points. The NRA. Are you in their hip pocket?
The article on .50 caliber sniper crimes goes on to list many crimes and murders committed using this very classification of weapon. Read it. You'll learn something, Governor Head-Up-Your-A**.
And as for your defense of your veto, you refer to lawful recreational pastimes. How interesting that few of the articles talk or indicate a recreational use. They all describe the weapon's in terms military or sniper purposes. So what kind of lawful uses are you thinking this weapon has?
Why did you this spring, recommend the banning of this killing machine? Again, from Lavendar's article:
In April 2013, Christie recommended banning the sale of Barrett .50-caliber semi-automatic sniper rifles as part of a group of proposals to curb gun violence. On Friday, Christie said the ban wouldn't make the Garden State any more safe, according to Reuters.
So what happened between April and now? How much money did the NRA promise you? What did you promise them in return -- this veto? This is mighty suspicious because you're not just vetoing a bill, you're vetoing a bill you recommended on your own. There was no .50 caliber sniper's rifle pointed at your head when you went public with your thoughts.
You, like Rickie Ricardo, have some 'splainin' to do.
Take a look at the size of these bullets. In case you didn't know, the largest one here is the .50 caliber. On the other end is the .22.
You're either a idiot which I don't believe, or you're on the take. And I do believe that. Whether it's cash or the NRA's backing you're getting, you're hurting New Jersey and everyone nationwide who believes in you. Your credibility is going down the toilet.
The only part of Sandy Hook that touches you is the 'Sandy' part -- Hurricane Sandy. Money. I'm calling you out: Betrayer!