Gov. Jon Corzine says recent deadly shootings in Jersey City and Newark show "we must do everything in our power" to stem the flow of illegal guns into New Jersey.
Corzine made the remarks Wednesday as he and Attorney General Anne Milgram announced the indictments of 12 people for owning or selling firearms later used in crimes. The governor credited the weapons trafficking charges to a two-year-old federal, state, local gun-tracing partnership.
The shotgun blast that killed Jersey City Detective Marc A. DiNardo came from a weapon stolen in North Carolina and trafficked to New Jersey, authorities say.
In a related matter, Corzine said he would sign a bill limiting handgun purchases to one a month within a week.
Why are pro-gun folks so critical of governors like Corzine? Isn't it perfectly laudable what he wants to do?
What does, "the indictments of 12 people for owning or selling firearms later used in crimes" sound like? Is this an exercise in shared responsibility and an attempt to make those peripherally involved in crime pay for their part? That's what it sounds like to me. And I say it's a sensible approach.
About the one-handgun-a-month law, when we discussed it before none of the comments sounded very convincing to me. Several people mentioned that this is an infringement which goes contrary the 2nd Amendment. But aren't there already any number of "infringements" in place, for example the definition of "arms." Most people accept that it does not include heavy military weapons, missiles and rockets, and such.
Others suggested the problem with a one-gun-a-month law is that this is only the beginning and if we allow this next there'll be a one-gun-a-year law and eventually total confiscation. I say that's paranoid nonsense.
What's your opinion? Do you think with these initiatives New Jersey could improve its ranking in the Brady Campaign list? Currently number 2, I think Gov. Corzine is going for it.
What do you think?