Menendez Headlines Morris Millennial Event with Sherrill

MORRISTOWN – Robert Menendez Jr. says his generation has no trouble understanding gun violence.

“We grew up with (it),” he told a group of millennials Monday evening in Morristown. “We lived through having gun violence in our schools.”

His point was that many young people today may not have experienced actual shootings, but that their schooling included regular “active shooter” drills, which is something to which, say, baby boomers, cannot relate.

Coming on the heels of yet another mass shooting over the weekend in Texas, this was a timely topic indeed.

Menendez said older generations have not solved the problem of gun violence in America and that, inevitably, makes it a challenge for a new generation.

Menendez, who was elected to the House from Hudson County’s 8th district, was not invited to talk specifically about gun violence.

Officially he was one of the featured speakers at a fundraiser for the group, Millennials for New Jersey.

Founded by Matt Anderson of Monmouth County, the group’s website says it is dedicated to recruiting and electing millennial candidates. It does have a Democratic leaning. The host for the event was Mark Gyorfy, who serves on the Morris Township Committee.

Anderson described millennials as those born between 1981 and 1996, which makes them from 27 to 42-years of age today.  Menendez at 37 joked that he’s at the geriatric end of the spectrum.

Broadly speaking, Menendez said it’s up to his generation to ensure that the United States continues to be a world leader. He struck a bipartisan note when he urged people not to see each other as adversaries, but as people who want the best for the United States. One hears a lot of that from all sides today, but it doesn’t always happen.

The other headlined speaker at the event in a local brewery was hometown Rep. Mikie Sherrill, who at 51, is not a millennial.

Still, the congresswoman spoke about the impact young people can have, and in some cases, are already having.

“The millennials are this completely new generation,” Sherrill said. “Millennials think about the world very differently.”

Calling them “digital mavens,” she said millennials helped the nation cope with the pandemic through their familiarity with zoom and other technology.

And like Menendez, she touched on some key Democratic issues, crediting the up and coming generation for backing women’s reproductive rights and expressing hope that they will support laws to combat gun violence.

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One response to “Menendez Headlines Morris Millennial Event with Sherrill”

  1. Gun violence is a Democrat construct. They talk a good game about gun control, but really want total confiscation. Why? Because they can’t push their tyrannical, draconian Socialist-Communist agenda through when the citizenry is armed. They want everyone disarmed, which is mostly the law-abiding gun owners. But, Democrats DO NOTHING about violent crime where criminals get their guns illegally. If Democrats have quixotic dreams about stopping all guns, there are 2 words I will use to disabuse them from seeking total gun confiscation. “Black Market”. And, the mere fact there are over 500 MILLION firearms in the U.S., which includes 20 MILLION AR-15s and similar semi-automatic hunting rifles.

    No, pushing gun control to disarm the populace is not for Millenials, or any other group. It’s a human right to self-defense, even when you have a small percentage of mass shootings caused by criminals and illegal aliens. Millenials and the newer generations need to remember this: “Reasonable” and “common sense” gun control has always led to total gun confiscation. Just ask the 250 MILLION law-abiding, innocent people murdered by their own government when government confiscated all of their firearms, e.g., Communist Red China (over 100 MILLION murdered & still counting); U.S.S.R. (Communist Soviet Russian Dictatorships–over 50 MILLION murdered [20 MILLION Ukrainians] & still counting); Nazi Germany (over 15 MILLION murdered, including 6 MILLION Jews, Christians, political enemies, gypsies and mental and physical defectives); Imperial Japan (1931-1945)(over 12 MILLION murdered); Communist North Korea (over 5 MILLION murdered); Communist North Vietnam (over 2 MILLION murdered); Communist Cambodia under Communist Dictatorship of Khmer Rouge (over 2 MILLION murdered); Afghanistan (under Communist control in 1970s, then Taliban, al-Qaeda, et al.)(over 5 MILLION murdered); etc.

    Gun control leads to gun confiscation leads to DEMOCIDE. Democide is the murder of any person or people by their government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder. Democide is not necessarily the elimination of entire cultural groups but rather groups within the country that the government feels need to be eradicated for political reasons and due to claimed future threats.

    Democide is a term coined by American political scientist Rudolph Rummel to describe “the intentional killing of an unarmed or disarmed person by government agents acting in their authoritative capacity and pursuant to government policy or high command.” According to Rummel, this definition covers a wide range of deaths, including forced labor and concentration camp victims, extrajudicial summary killings, and mass deaths due to governmental acts of criminal omission and neglect, such as in deliberate famines like the Holodomor, as well as killings by de facto governments, i.e. killings during a civil war. This definition covers any murder of any number of persons by any government.

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