Yesterday, Chris Christie said this, about elected people who responded to the movie theater massacre in Colorado by advocating the kind of gun laws that might prevent the next one:
“I am a little bit disturbed by politicians who in the immediate aftermath of this type of tragedy, try to grandstand on it, and I’m not going to be one of those people. I feel awfully for those families. And this is just not the appropriate time to be grandstanding about gun laws. Can we at least get through the initial grief and tragedy for these families before we start making them political pawns?”
It was an insensitive remark, even for him. More importantly, it displays the length to which the rumored Republican convention keynote is willing to go to stand in the way of good ideas that can save lives, that aren’t his ideas.
Today, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Diana DeGette of California, both our senators Lautenberg and Menendez, and New York’s Carolyn McCarthy called for a national dialogue on gun violence and sensible gun safety reform. Menendez talked about Alex Teves, who grew up here in New Jersey. Last year, after congressional colleague Gabby Giffords was shot in the head in a shooting spree that killed 6 others and wounded 13, Lautenberg introduced a bill to ban high-capacity gun magazines – the kind that let you shoot many rounds without stopping to reload. He’ll introduce that again now.
Nearly 20 years ago, McCarthy – not in politics at the time – was widowed when a mass murderer opened fire in a commuter train, killing 6 including her husband and wounding 19, including her son, shot in the head and now partially paralyzed.
At the end of today’s press conference, somebody asked McCarthy what she thought of Christie’s statement about “grandstanding” politicians pushing gun control. Here’s what she said: