“Governor Christie Cowers to the Right and Vetoes his Own Recommendation on .50 Caliber Ban”
Sunday, August 18, 2013 • 10:17am
I thought Governor Christie’s big selling point was that he puts New Jersey first and he doesn’t let partisan politics get in the way of doing what is right for NJ? Isn’t that what the big boss man has been saying for the last four years? So why is it that he has vetoed a bill banning .50 caliber rifles, the same .50 caliber rifle that he publicly recommended banning back in April? That’s one for the books, really.
On April17, Governor Christie announced formal recommendations regarding gun control safety after a three-month study from NJ Safe. The following appeared on his website: Governor Christie’s plan to responsibly expand New Jersey’s strict gun control measures includes: .50 Caliber;
Banning future purchases of the Barrett .50 Caliber (New Jersey law would ban any weapon that is substantially identical to the Barrett .50 )
That’s pretty clear to me. The state legislature goes through their lengthy process and they agree. Non-partisan politics working at its best. Democrats and Republicans alike say, "You’re right Governor, let’s ban that very dangerous weapon that could wreak havoc on NJ if it falls into hands of terrorists or any other lunatic."
So now, the governor has vetoed that same bill he proposed in his own recommendations. Wow, vetoing your own bill. That’s a first.
This .50 caliber rifle is the weapon of choice for the military, as it is prized for its precise accuracy and the extent of damage that it can create. It shoots a 4-inch bullet and can reach targets as much as a mile away.
Any terrorist can get hold of one of these rifles and shoot into numerous environmentally vulnerable targets, wreaking financial and toxic havoc on New Jersey. There are numerous so-called “soft targets” in Linden, right next to Westfield, with chemical tanks, processing plants and the city’s airport —which could be a prime target for a terrorist attack using this weapon.
The argument on the right is that there has never been an accident or incident in New Jersey using the .50 caliber, so why ban it? The governor said that there has not been one incident of crime using the .50 Calber rifle. Well, no terrorists crashed planes into skyscrapers before 9/11 either.
This is politics at its worst. He is not only going back directly on what he recommended publicly, but in doing so he is putting this state and its residents at grave risk.
Think of what this one gun could do. Now get 10 terrorists together and boom -- the rest will be history.
I’m sorry, but I would rather not hold my breath and blindly hope that nothing happens, not when we can do something to prevent it and everyone agrees, even the governor, that we SHOULD do something. This is pure selfish politics. It reeks of cowardice and bowing to the political bullying from the right.
I don’t care how great Christie was in Hurricane Sandy. He is showing his true colors by betraying our elected legislature and betraying the people of New Jersey . He is actually vetoing something he publicly recommended. That is pathetic.
Shame on you Governor Christie.