The constant back and forth partisan bickering over gun rights in America is destined to last well into the 21st century, at least according to the latest news out of New Jersey.
Without a doubt, gun rights in America is a conflict of political interest to the umpteenth degree. You can very literally split the nation in two on the issue: Those who believe that the 2nd Amendment is fully necessary as a deterrent to would-be conquerers both foreign and domestic, or you think guns are scary. The former are almost always republican, the latter, democrat. It has become such a divisive political issue that few arguing over gun control even realize what’s truly at stake, and are instead just hoping to disparage their political enemies.
In New Jersey, those party lines have never been clearer, as the state’s new democratic governor is wasting no time in reversing gun rights expansions that had recently been installed by republican governor Chris Christie.
“Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday said his administration will reverse a regulatory change championed by former Gov. Chris Christie designed to make it easier for people to carry concealed handguns in New Jersey.
“Murphy, a Democrat, also pledged to ‘explore every legal option’ to challenge a federal bill that, if it became law, would require New Jersey to honor concealed carry permits from other states. The so-called ‘concealed carry reciprocity’ measure was passed in December by the House of Representatives, but its fate in the Senate is less certain.
“’New Jersey cannot and must not become part of the race to the bottom that we’re seeing across the country,’ Murphy said at a news conference in Trenton alongside Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester. ‘There already are too many guns in our streets and simply adding more into the equation will not make us or our communities any safer.’
“New Jersey law requires individuals seeking a permit to carry a handgun to demonstrate a ‘justifiable need’ for it, and regulations had long required that applicants face an ‘urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life.’”
Of course, the hilarity of the situation is lost on the democrats, who can’t seem to understand that their concern over the federal government overstepping the state’s authority is precisely the sort of situation that the 2nd Amendment is built for.