Author: Rory B. Bellows
New Jersey Politicians and activists reacted strongly to the Supreme Court’s affirmation that second amendment does confer an individual’s right to bear arms. The reactions were predictable. Senator Frank Lautenberg had the strongest reaction. Senator Lautenberg blustered “Today, President Bush’s radical Supreme Court justices put rigid ideology ahead of the safety of communities in New Jersey and across the country. The American people demand and deserve strong, common-sense laws to prevent gun violence…extremist judicial nominees” and to toughen restrictions on guns by banning their sale to suspected terrorists or at gun shows without a background check. ”
Attorney General Anne Milgram, who has yet to meet a consitutionally protected freedom she doesn’t wish to gut, said “We believe the court affirmed the right of states to regulate gun ownership to protect public safety and endorsed common-sense licensing of firearms and concealed-weapons restrictions like we have in New Jersey”
An individual, an extremist ideologue in Frank Lautenberg’s parlance and someone lacking common sense in Genarlisimo Milgram’s world, once said “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms..disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one”
This ideological extremist lacking in common sense was Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, as usual, was correct. What have stringent gun laws done to protect the people of Newark. New Jersey has some of the strongest gun control laws in the nation yet Newark is among the countries most dangerous cities? How can this be? Liberals like Lautenberg and Milgram equate taking away people’s right to own guns with decreasing gun crime yet Newark is drowning in a sea of violence.
It leaves one to question just who the ideological extremists lacking common sense are.