Anybody waiting for The former law-and-order man to be a leader for sensible gun laws and protection from Aurora-style massacres are going to be disappointed to see him once again put impressing his national party over the welfare of his constituents. But I see nothing wrong with promoting a law professor and state senate candidate reminding Christie of the leadership he has the opportunity now to show us. — promoted by Rosi
Cross Posted at NorthJersey.com
One moment Americans are living their lives. The next, those lives are cut down by another senseless act of cowardly violence. This all-too-familiar story has played out across our country from commuter trains and college campuses to supermarkets and all manner of tragic points in between. In my town of Montclair, we still remember with collective horror the 1995 post office shooting that left two postal workers and two customers dead.
Now fear has struck our movie theaters. The theater in Aurora was a mere 12 miles from the suburban high school in Littleton – Columbine – that served as a dark and painful wake-up call to such senseless gun violence those many years ago.
But sadly, the gun violence our country continues to experience day in and day out has yet to lead to a renewed, sustained and successful call for tougher gun-control laws.
In fact, as the body counts attributed to senseless gun violence rack up, gun-control laws like the ones aimed at holding irresponsible gun manufacturers accountable die in Congress under a flood of NRA money. Some Democrats have made modest attempts to lead, introducing legislation to reauthorize the expired federal assault weapons ban.
Campaign cash and divisive rhetoric prevent progress. With firm Republican opposition, those bills have no real chance of success in gaining passage. Few Republicans have the policy differences and the ear of the leadership to help break the hold of the gun lobby. Few can help break through to help enact common-sense gun-control laws.
But there’s one Republican who has clout in his party who strikes a somewhat different tone.