The Making of Sausages And Gun Laws

Bismark said “Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.” Someone else might have said, “Too many cooks spoil the sausage.” In the case of New Jersey gun law reform the process has started off messy with over 30 bills introduced in the legislature – some moving forward, some being altered, and others unlikely to see the light of day. Then we have the cooks: the Governor, Sen. Barbara Buono, the Assembly, the Senate, NRA, NJ 2nd Amendment Society, Heeding God’s Call, and others. Part of making the sausages we can’t see as behind closed doors legislators, lobbyists and advocates across the spectrum have their own recipes. What we can see is often confusing and changes from day to day.

The governor’s violence task force recommended weak measures, such as limiting the sale of violent video games and changing rules on treating the mentally ill. The Governor’s personal response was tepid and failed to address key issues such as magazine size. Like others, he accepts contributions from the NRA and its advocates.

Sen. Buono called the governor’s plan “a shallow one that does nothing.”  Her proposals are more robust, and include smaller magazine capacity and face-to-face sale of ammunition.

Unlike the federal government and many other states, it does appear that our legislature will pass gun bills shortly. Our governor may even sign off on some of them. A few of the more innocuous bills are actually supported by the NRA, and some have received bipartisan support.

It appears that the rift between the Assembly and Senate is healing now that Senate President Sweeney has acquiesced to advocates who in recent weeks said the package was too weak. So far the Senate has passed 10 bills and the Assembly 22 bills. Further bill reconcilation between the two houses will be needed.

The final outputput remains unclear. The sausage recipes are undergoing development in this sloppy, sometimes secretive process. I happen to like robust sausages, but I suspect only a very few will be robust, some watered down, and many will never exit the factory. We will, however, have made progress and be able to continue the fight another day for saner gun policies.

Comments (3)

  1. Other_Side

    As a young cook, I worked in many different establishments. Each one, had a different way of doing things and not everybody had the exact same recipe. You mentioned sausage, lets talk marinara sauce !! over the years, I found that everybody had a different recipe for marinara sauce. Some were real good, with just the proper blend oh herbs and spices that made it a nice savory sauce, that most could enjoy. other sauces, were either to weak, to watery, to lumpy, etc.. etc.. But as I had learned, I would try to incorporate the best ingredients and methods from all the different recipes I had encountered. And I always had to remember, that not everybody’s taste buds are the same. But if I was cooking for the masses, then I would have to prepare something that would be the most appealing for most of my patrons, and that I could not please everybody.

    Now you say you like a real “ROBUST” Sausage. That may be good for you to cook in your own home. But if you were to prepare that recipe in the restaurant, it may fall flat on its face, and never amount to that “Signature Dish” you had hoped it would be..

    So now, lets talk about the current set of Gun laws that are being tossed around. As somebody from the other side, I might shed a little light on this subject. That being said, New Jersey already is the second most restrictive state in the union in regards to firearm regulations.. The simple fact is, if you did nothing,we would still have the second most restrictive laws.

    Now here is the first problem that you have. there are people who are writing this new legislation that for one, do not even understand the current laws, because they are so confusing. And then when you ask them, Do they have any idea how the legislation that they are proposing will affect the law abiding citizen versus, how will it deter crime. The answer is usually pretty clear. They don’t know the unintended consequences of law abiding citizens, and no, that really would not matter to a criminal and it would not change anything in regards to crime. So, when the assembly came roaring out with 22 new bills, that for the most part, were Feel Good, Do Nothing legislation, you have to ask yourself. Who were they writing these laws for?? The honest citizen, The Criminal, or was it for their own political posturing and pandering.

    Now you mention both Buono and Sweeney in the same paragraph. You say one is more “Robust” and the other is to “Weak”.. So here is the problems, Buono is doing nothing but posturing and pandering to the liberal left, and does not understand the current gun laws, nor does she understand the affect of her proposals upon the honest law abiding citizen who happens to be a gun owner and enthusiast. Where Christie’s plan, focuses more on mental health and criminal intentions, then it does by further restricting the current laws.

    So to finish with an analogy that you will understand. Buono’s ideas are to lumpy, and have no seasoning, and she should try a different recipe. Where as christie’s plan may be lacking some flavor, and he could look to adjust his herbs and seasonings for a more flavorful sauce.

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