Hey! If you’re looking for a way to kill time while politicians work to kill your neighbor’s rights, then the new, not-numbered bill being simultaneously introduced in both houses of the New Jersey legislature might be just your 30 pages of delight.
But if you happen to believe in the right to keep and bear arms and think that politicians who swear oaths to both their New Jersey and the U.S. constitutions ought to abide by those oaths, well, then, the reading assignment might be a bit angering, to say the least.
Again, currently not numbered, but due to be introduced to the NJ Assembly floor sometime Monday, the quaint little bundle of commands and edicts is described as:
“AN ACT concerning the sale and possession of firearms and supplementing and amending various parts of the statutory law.”
Surely, nothing hints at abiding by the Second Amendment’s strict prohibition against any level of government infringing on the right to keep and bear arms than a title like that.
And in that little bundle of commands and edicts, we find what surely are responses to the June Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) "BRUEN" decision in which the conservative majority wisely and correctly found against New York demanding that people get government “permission” to own arms, a decision in which the SCOTUS majority also wisely and correctly found that the right to keep and bear arms extended beyond the home (duh) but one in which they unwisely and incorrectly said states still could block concealed carry in what the state calls “sensitive areas.”
So, in addition to their plan to force all gun owners to get insurance if they want to carry outside the home (can they understand the phrase: SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED?), the NJ bill sponsors (Senate president Nick Scutari (D) and Assemblymember Joe Danielsen (D) have framed their response to “Bruen” in the form of five categories of places that they, in their inimitable wisdom, have deemed “sensitive,” and, ya-know, where the natural right to self-defense and the Second Amendment somehow magically don’t apply.
Let’s take a PARTIAL look, shall we?
First, once you get your "insurance," you still can't carry in:
“Places that are the site of core constitutional activity, such as but not limited to the exercise of First Amendment rights, or that are otherwise vital to the functioning of democracy and our system of government. That includes prohibitions of firearms in facilities within the criminal justice system…”
So, pretty much anyplace.
But let’s look at more, just to see how wide-ranging is their taste for tyrannical prohibitions of your rights, New Jerseyans…
“Schools, universities, other educational institutions, where people assemble for educational purposes and for the purposes of teaching, learning, research, and the pursuit of knowledge…”
Which, also, could be anywhere, since the definition of said “educational institutions” is up to the government.
“Parks and other recreation spaces, including locations where children congregate…”
You get the drift. Don’t get caught being chased by a rabid fox in the Pine Barrens, because, well, that’s a public park, and you can’t be armed there.
Oh, and you can’t carry anyplace within 100 feet of a locale that requires a government permit to operate, so enjoy figuring out that map before you step beyond your front door.
And, as the excellent YouTuber LibertyDoll observed, there’s an added bonus for those who take their guns with them, but then discover that they can’t take then into one of these “permitted to operate by the feudal lord” places:
“If you just so happen to have to go to any of these places, which, you will because it’s basically EVERYWHERE, you can leave your gun in the car – unloaded, and locked in a case.”
Which brings to mind the experience of Dr. Suzanna Gratia-Hupp, a survivor of the 1991 Luby’s Cafeeria shooting in Kileen, Texas. As she testified years later in the Texas Legislature, it was she who, as the murderer was killing people all around her (he took 23 lives, in all), thought:
“’I got him,’ and I reached for my purse. He was maybe twelve feet away. Is it possible my gun could have jammed? Sure. Is it possible I could have missed? Sure. But I can tell you I’ve hit much smaller targets at much greater distances. But then I realized that a couple of months earlier, I had made the stupidest decision of my life. I took my gun out of my purse and left it in my car because as you well know, in the state of Texas, it’s sometimes a felony offense to carry a gun in your purse.
I can tell you that I’m not mad at the guy who did this. As he continued, it was obvious that he was a madman. My father at that point said, ‘I’ve got to do something. He’s gonna kill everybody in here,’ and he rushed the man. No way. Guy turned, shot him in the chest. He went down, was obviously mortally wounded. For whatever reason, that made the man change direction and go off to my left. Shortly thereafter, someone at the back of the restaurant broke out a window. When I saw what looked like an opportunity to escape, I turned around and I grabbed my mother by the shirt collar and I said, ‘Come on! We’ve gotta run! We’ve gotta get out of here!’ And then my feet grew wings, and I was out the back window.”
And she added:
“As soon as I got out, I realized that my mother had not followed me out. And as I learned from the police officers, she had crawled over to where my father was, and cradled him until the guy got back around to her. [He] put the gun to her head, she looked up at him, put her head down, and he pulled the trigger. My parents had just had their 47th wedding anniversary. She wasn’t going anywhere.
As I mentioned, I’m not really mad at the guy that did this, and I’m certainly not mad at the guns that did this. They didn’t walk in there by themselves and pull her own triggers. The guy that did it was a lunatic. That’s like being mad at a rabid dog. I’m mad at my legislators for legislating me out of the right to protect myself and my family. I would much rather be sitting in jail with a felony offense on my head and have my parents alive.”
To this new batch of gun-grabbers in New Jersey, it makes no difference whatsoever that you are a God-created human being with the natural right to self-defense. These tax-paid pork-peddlers will be sure to remind you that they have armed officers of the state who can attack you when you DARE try to stand up for yourself and God’s design of equal rights.
By the way, this proposal also mandates that if you want to get a gun license you have to cough up FOUR character references, who will be "interviewed" by the cops.
And on the subject of "fine character," the legislation is supported by Governor Phil Murphy (D), the classy chap who, when asked by Tucker Carlson to explain how he could square his COVID lockdowns with the Bill of Rights, guffawed and with great jocularity said, “I wasn’t thinking of the Constitution” and that thinking about the Bill of Rights was “above my pay grade.”
All of which ought to have inspired multitudes to ostracize the foul political animal in an instant.
We’ll keep track of this, and let you know what the New Jersey Devils are up to.