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Governor Christie Wants More Gun Control

Admits ‘bad people’ aren’t bothered by laws.

by
Howard Nemerov

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April 19, 2013 - 3:15 pm

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his intention to expand his state’s gun control laws. But there’s some flaws to his logic.

Christie acknowledges there is no way to prevent all violence in our society, but he says it is the job of government to question, to scrutinize and to demand more in an attempt to address the problem.

Christie believes the government has the right to “demand more” from law-abiding citizens, but acknowledges it can’t do the same to criminals. This is standard gun control fare. One of the main features of gun control is making it harder for the law-abiding to defend themselves, while making it easier for violent predators to succeed.

The plan calls for expanding New Jersey’s already strict gun control laws, expanding government-funded mental health treatment, making it more difficult for kids buy or rent violent video games, requiring that would-be gun owners show government-issued IDs and bolstering penalties for gun-related crimes.

According to the Brady Campaign, New Jersey already has the second-most extensive set of gun control laws, after California. Christie shows his big-government mindset: While expanding mental health treatment may offer benefits to society, expanding government programs means higher taxes. According to the Tax Foundation, New Jersey had the second-highest state tax rate in 2010, and the 49th worst business tax climate. Looks like Christie’s going for the big 5-0.

New Jersey already requires gun buyers to have a permit to purchase. To obtain one, prospective buyers must visit the local police station. To buy a long gun, buyers need this state-issued permit plus “one additional form of photo identification.” Purchasing a handgun requires a special purchasing permit plus another form of identification. Each handgun purchase permit is valid for only one firearm. Applicants get fingerprinted and pay a $57.50 fee for the privilege of letting the state decide whether or not to grant the permit.

Christie also wants to ban “future purchases of the Barrett .50 Caliber” rifle. These rifles cost thousands of dollars, and weigh 30 pounds: Not exactly useful to criminals, which is why it’s rarely used in crime.

When running for governor, the NRA graded Christie “?” This grade is for candidates without voting records, who refused to answer the NRA questionnaire. Over the last two election cycles, “?” candidates ended up averaging “C-” after real voting records revealed their beliefs. A few ended up being “A” legislators, but more revealed their hatred of the civil right of self-defense. Christie’s trending towards the latter.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.

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I'd be willing to make some allowance for what a Republican must do and say to hold office in the North East corner, but I think Christi has gone too far here.

It isn't the idea of making gun laws more strict that disappoints me as much as advocating the symbolic, feel-good provisions which everyone knows are not effective or don't address the problem. With that evolution, he has crossed an important bridge from the more moderate but still sensible to the symbolic gestures which aren't effective and just complicate life for law abiding gun owners so typical of the Progs. If he does run, he will be difficult for me to support.
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Goc Christie is an appealing guy in a lot of ways, and definitely good for New Jersey. But he had better start paying attention to his right flank if he really wants to run for anything outside of New Jersey. Personally I can tolerate some rhinoism on some minor issues, especially for guys who have to get elected in dem leaning states, but definitely not on guns. Gun rights is the absolute litmus tesst I use to seperate the wanna be tyrants from the beleivers in liberty.
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Hey, Republicans, wake up. Crispi Creme has taken a page out of the McCain-Graham-(Rubio) playbook...he just ain't all that into you. Question is, will the stupid party do the wrong thing again?
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If the GOP pushes for any of the half-stepping RINOs listed at Townhall.com's
2016 straw poll (Christie included) we are in deep doo-doo.

http://pages.townhall.com/campaign/th-2016-presidential-straw-poll/rc/GA
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Actually we are already deep, deep deep in the doo-doo. Se have NO politicians interested in anything but reelection. The dumbed down public buys any kind of BS. It's over!
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The really tone-deaf part -- if Christie's really thinking about a 2016 run -- is coming out now, not just after Toomey-Manchin failed, but after it's failure angered only the people who, if they lived in New Jersey, woudn't vote for Christie for re-election as governor anyway.

If he had pulled this two-bit demagoguery in the wake of the Newtown shootings, you could at least understand it as fear of the unknown, on how the public would react and if not saying something might give Corey Booker a huge opening to run against him this November. To do it now, when the failure of the Senate bills has provoked no national outrage by a public more horrified by Boston and West, Texas, is either a sign of someone who isn't running for the White House in 2016, or thinks he can be the McCain/Romney of 2016, in taking positions that will allow the media to help carry him (admittedly, very heavy lifting) to the 2016 Republican nomination, even if, as with McCain and Romney, they begin mercilessly trashing him the instant the nomination is secured
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Somebody guide that orca back to the sea.
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Actually I am glad Christi did this at this time. Maybe now all the not-too-bright pundits will shut up about him being a leading contender for the Republican nominee for president in 2016.
I have voted Republican for president since Reagan and I can promise you if the Republican party nominates Christi I will miss my first election since 1980. If they nominate Christi I fully expect to see a third party emerge in 2016.
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I feel likewise! Only difference being you had a two year head start on me as far as voting is concerned.
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I'd be willing to make some allowance for what a Republican must do and say to hold office in the North East corner, but I think Christi has gone too far here.

It isn't the idea of making gun laws more strict that disappoints me as much as advocating the symbolic, feel-good provisions which everyone knows are not effective or don't address the problem. With that evolution, he has crossed an important bridge from the more moderate but still sensible to the symbolic gestures which aren't effective and just complicate life for law abiding gun owners so typical of the Progs. If he does run, he will be difficult for me to support.
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Christie is another Rockafeller style republican without the charm.
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I guess one of the most fortunate things about having this debate now is that it brings out the true colors of poseurs....
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Phew! No Republican who embraces gun control will ever get the GOP nomination. NJ gets to keep him.
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Given the state of the Institutional Republicans, do not bet too much on that. At the rate things are going, however, it may be a very, very small convention in 2016 if such should occur.

Subotai Bahadur
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banning a 50 cal. that cost$ many thousand$ and weighs 30 pounds? yep, that should teach the bad guys a lesson for sure. they will not be able to continue to sneak those around and haul them out to kill unsuspecting water buffaloes from far away. good move gov. you are way out ahead on that one for sure. trailblazer christie!

seriously, don't know what he's smoking, but something strange is going on here. if memory serves, 50 cal. rifles were also on the mexican drug dealer's gun menu that holder/obummer served up. is it just me or is chris starting to act presidential? I mean he is also backing stupid gun laws that do nothing to deter criminals, just honest folk. maybe he is running for prez.
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