Gov. Christie’s troubling gun law logic
This isn’t about New Jersey’s gun laws, which are among the nation’s strictest.
It’s about the state’s governor, Chris Christie, who refused to meet with parents of murdered Sandy Hook children. Christie said he’d already made up his mind to scrap a bill sent to him by the legislature that would have required that firearm magazines hold no more than 10 rounds. New Jersey law currently sets the magazine limit at 15 rounds – many states, including Indiana, set no limit.
While he stripped out the lower limitation, Christie added some things aimed at strengthening mental health law.
Are we saying then that the 10 children on the clip that they advocate for, that their lives are less valuable? Christie said Monday. If you take the logical conclusion of their argument, you go to zero, because every life is valuable.
But in calling Christie’s veto a shameful moment, The (Newark) Star-Ledger noted that it appears at least six children escaped death at Sandy Hook because the shooter, Adam Lanza, had trouble reloading his weapon with a 30-cartridge clip.
One of the Newtown parents who came to lobby for this bill, Nicole Hockley, said the number was actually 11. Her son, Dylan, was killed at the age of 6, the newspaper wrote.
We know that smaller magazines would have saved more lives at Sandy Hook Elementary, possibly even the lives of our own children, she said in a joint statement with a second parent who lost a child that day, Mark Barden.