Sherrill, other NJ Pols, Blast Guns

MORRISTOWN – Mikie Sherrill says she grew up with guns in her house, but never saw a so-called assault rifle until she joined the Navy.

Gun owners have changed and not for the better. Today, some have no qualms about putting photos of children on Christmas cards holding an AR-15. That’s no hyperbole; some Republicans in Congress have done precisely that.

And that was Sherrill’s point in addressing a rally Saturday morning outside Town Hall in favor of restoring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons.

The CD-11 congresswoman told about 150 people assembled on the building’s front lawn that neither police nor teachers signed up to be confronted with military style weapons.

And speaking as a mother, Sherrill said she did not sign up for her children to go through active shooter drills in school. Now that she has a daughter ready to go to college, Sherrill said one of her daughter’s concerns is going to school in a safe location.

A federal assault weapons ban was enacted in 1994, but it was only for 10 years and it expired in 2004. Efforts to reinstate it have proved futile.

As mass shootings continue – and continue – so do attempts to pressure federal officials to take action.

Saturday’s event was organized by Moms Demand Action, a gun control group, to coincide with Mother’s Day.

“Forget the flowers and cards, we want change,” is how the event was described. A blunter message may have been, “We need more than thoughts and prayers.”

The landscape in New Jersey is a favorable one.

Assault weapons are banned in the state and Sherrill said New Jersey is one of only two states to have an “A” rating in terms of gun regulations. She said that while gun violence is increasing nationwide, it decreased by 10 percent in New Jersey, according to recent data.

The nation is a different story.

Reality tells us there is no chance of reinstating a federal assault weapons ban with Republicans controlling the House. So under the best of circumstances, nothing can happen until 2025. And that makes a big assumption, namely that Joe Biden is reelected and Dems win control of both houses.

This debate is yet another sign of the deep polarization of the day; time was when many Republicans in New Jersey supported some gun control laws.

But now, some Republicans in primary battles are more apt to appear in social media posts holding firearms.

Back at the rally, Sandi Mayer, the council president in Morristown, asked the crowd:

“Are you fed up? Are you fed up?”

The question seemed designed to encourage further action.

Tim Dougherty, the town’s mayor, also spoke, saying it’s “our responsibility as people and as citizens of this country” to continue speaking out for gun safety and for banning assault weapons.

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8 responses to “Sherrill, other NJ Pols, Blast Guns”

  1. Sherrill and other politicians, including Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, don’t even know what an “assault weapon” is. Just because an AR-15 or AK-47 SEMI-AUTOMATIC rifle, used for the human right of self-defense, hunting, and target shooting look like military firearms, doesn’t mean they are. All firearms look like military firearms. All firearms can be used for war.

    And, for Sherrill, who is violating her CONSTITUTIONAL OATH OF OFFICE to ban firearms, and ultimately ban the 2nd Amendment, which the US Supreme Court has upheld numerous times in the past decade, Sherrill and other politicians who want gun bans are committing felony OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT, TREASON & INSURRECTION!!!!

    Sherrill, and the complicit traitors at Million Moms March say that more children are killed by firearms than anything else. Really??? By what metric or statistic??? First, institutionalized, systemic, Democrat-Communist Party sponsored Abortion is the NO. 1 killer of children in the U.S.

    Second, according to the CDC, Fentanyl and opioids are the NO.1 cause of deaths in children in the U.S. And, Fentanyl comes from lack of a border, created by Democrats, which allows Mexican & Central American Cartels to ship Communist Chinese fentanyl across our border into the U.S. to kill Americans, mostly children.

    Mikie Sherrill’s virtue signalling about wanting to ban firearms shows her incompetence & ineptness at allowing the Biden Administration and the rest of the Democrat-Communists allowing open borders causing massive deaths among children from poisonous drugs, child murder & rape, and child sex trafficking.

    No, Mikie!!!! We don’t need to ban firearms in the United States!!! That issue has already been resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress that there will be no banning of any firearms.

    What we do need to ban though, is the Democrat Party!!!! They are the Party of Murder and Death. Just ask the 55 MILLION Aborted Children. Just ask the 7000 murdered seniors and assisted living patients in NJ that Democrat Governor Phil KNUCKLEHEAD Murphy committed during the COVID pandemic.

  2. The anti-gunners finally said the quiet part out loud.
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) just said that if the U.S. Supreme Court keeps blocking gun control, there could be a “popular revolt.”

    In other words: ‘Give up your guns, or you will face a violent uprising to force our Banana Republic agenda on you!’

    This the sign of a Communist Dictatorship being initiated.

  3. The inconvenient fact is that in 2021, Aks, ARs, Uzis and all other semi-auto “Assault Weapons” as well as all other rifles accounted for 410 homicides nationwide even with those so called “High capacity magazines.” These so called “Assault Weapons” and all other rifles combined account for 3% of homicides nationwide. Not only does that mean that no one in you state will be murdered with an “Assault Weapon” or any other rifle this month but likely not next month, the month after that, or even the month after that. 

By contrast, over twice the number of homicides, 1,018, were committed with knives or cutting instruments, 510 were committed using hands, fists, feet, etc. Therefore a person is far more likely to be murdered with a non-firearm weapon than one of those so called “Assault Weapons” or any other rifle.

Additionally, a study funded by the Department of Justice concluded, “Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement. AWs were rarely used in gun crimes even before the ban.”

In an April 5, 1996, column in the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer, who forthrightly supports total gun prohibition, wrote, “Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic — purely symbolic — move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.”

It should also be noted that handguns and shotguns account for the vast majority of weapons used in mass-shootings.

Of course, citizen disarmament zealots, their organizations, their political allies, and their media allies ignore these inconvenient facts because they are trying to frighten the public into banning all civilian firearms one class of weapon at a time.

  4. It’s disgusting that people seriously quibble about gun safety when the #1 cause of deaths among childcare. 4,357 kids were killed by guns in 2020, that’s horrifying. And as an aside, I’d argue that someone advocating for a ban on one of the 2 largest political parties in the country is the closest to a Communist Dictator.

  5. No More Marxist is correct. Only military have
    automatic weapons. The general public typically have semi automatic weapons. They are not assault weapons.

    Sherrill, as a former military person, knows this. She is lying. She is deceiving an uninformed public. She is just following the Democrats talking points.

  6. Gun rights activists seem to be saying that the slaughter of school children, shoppers, concert attendees, and any of the rest of us, anywhere, anytime is the cost of freedom and we’ll just have to accept it. That’s not going to fly in an era when a teenager -who isn’t considered mature enough to buy beer or cigarettes – can buy a weapon (easily converted into an automatic weapon with a bump stock) the ONLY purpose of which is to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible. That’s the kind of extremism that Senator Murphy was saying might produce a popular revolt. People will not tolerate the ongoing slaughter. Gun rights groups and gun safety groups must work together to arrive at a compromise that respects both RESPONSIBLE gun ownership and public safety.

  7. I’m sorry, but the #1 cause in deaths of children is NOT GUNS!!! Commenter Matt says the #1 cause of deaths among childcare is guns. 4,357 kids were killed by guns in 2020. That’s a bold-faced lie. That statistic is taken from the age group of 1-19. 18 & 19 year olds are ADULTS Matt!!!!!! When those numbers are adjusted down to 1-17 years of age, the #1 cause of deaths is accidents. Gun deaths are cut in half for that age group. And most gun deaths are caused by depression caused by COVID lockdowns during this time frame. Almost every gun death in children was with a handgun.

    The claim that guns were the leading cause of death for U.S. children in 2020 and 2021 is true only if the selected age range is 1-19 years old. This range excludes infants under one year old, who have a unique risk of age-specific causes of death.

    Similarly, capping the age range at 17, instead of 18 or 19, also alters the result, as children aged 17 and under have a greater risk of dying of vehicle-related injuries.

    I’m sorry, but so-called “gun safety groups” are not for gun safety. The are being paid for by anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment billionaire oligarchs to undermine the 2nd Amendment and the U.S. Constitution. Talking to, watching and observing the “gun control/anti-gun” groups shows they are NOT willing to work together with 2nd Amendment/gun rights groups. Anti-gunners want total bans and total confiscation in violation of the 2nd Amendment. This is what is called INSURRECTION & TREASON TO THE CONSTITUTION!!!

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