As America geared up for celebrating our Independence Day, New Jersey governor Chris Christie did something very American: he stood up to gun-grabbing tyrants.
On July 2nd, Christie vetoed A2006, a bill that would have limited firearm magazine capacities to 10 rounds in New Jersey.
Christie criticized the bill as a do-nothing approach to curbing gun violence that unnecessarily burdens gun owners. Christie stated,
“This [bill] is the very embodiment of reform in name only. It simply defies common sense to believe that imposing a new and entirely arbitrary number of bullets that can be loaded into a firearm will somehow eradicate, or even reduce, future instances of mass violence.”
The move is likely to upset many anti-gun rights proponents who delivered 55,000 signatures to the governor’s office just an before Christie vetoed the bill, supporting the ban.
Instead, Christie “conditionally vetoed” the bill, rewriting portions and “eliminating the ammunition capacity reduction and suggesting in its place several changes to the state’s mental health system that he first proposed more than a year ago.”
While the Tea Party has soured on Chris Christie (for some very good and obvious reasons), let’s give credit where credit is due: this was the right call from Christie.
Of course, this is not enough to earn him any true Tea Party support for a presidential bid (not by a long shot), but Christie’s actions prove what many Tea Partiers have long contended: that Chris Christie is the right Republican for New Jersey…and he should stay there.
As for the rest of America, it’s important to remember that so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines are not the causes of murder and bans on such items are purely unconstitutional exercises in futility.