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Out of Control Gun Control Measures!

Feel good politics never resolve a problem. The gun debate in NJ is far from reasonable and in need of a major sit down between the two sides.

On Feb. 13, 2013, NJ's Law and Public Safety committee introduced 24 new bills imposing more restrictions on firearms' and ammunition's purchase, sale and ownership in our great state. It was an extremely interesting meeting that attracted around 500 people opposing the new legislations. 

The meeting was headed by Charles Mainor of Jersey City, and had a majority of Democrats on the board. Many of the citizens that attended the meeting requested to testify before each bill was voted on only to be met with Mr. Mainor's shocking instructions!

The chairman of the committee was concerned there were too many people that requested to testify on each bill, which would take too much time. Instead, he said, "We can vote on all the bills first and then listen to people's testimony at the end!" Apparently someone had failed to inform Mainor that "WE THE PEOPLE" refers to the American citizens, not the government officials.

Mainor's suggestion was met with an uproar from the crowd that rejected his authoritarian attitude and refused to allow him to proceed without objection. He, then, came to terms and agreed to hear people's testimony before each bill was to be voted on.

The events of that day had two major indications:

  1. People in charge of our public committees behave as if they were Kings and Queens
  2. It didn't matter what the people came to say because they were going to pass those bills regardless.

The 24 bills that were introduced that day all passed the vote with little opposition since the majority of the committee was Democratic. As I listened to the many testimonies by the supporters of the 2nd Amendment, it was clear that most of the bills were written hastily by those that do not own firearms or have any real experience on the subject. Mainor stated that the purpose of all the proposed bills was to curb violent crimes using firearms and to prevent those firearms from falling into the wrong hands. Sounds awesome if you do not know much about the bills or are unaware about who are committing the overwhelming majority of violent crimes in the country!

According to the FBI records, there were 269 murders in the state of NJ in 2011. Only one of those homicides was committed using a rifle. That is so much less than 1 percent. Yet Mainor thought that there is a need to ban AR15 in NJ! Where is the common sense in that bill?

We all know that the majority of violent crimes in the country are caused by gangs and their turf wars. Everyone knows this fact, especially the president! Yet, not even one of his proposed firearm restrictions targeted gangsters! Not one bill increases the prison time for anybody committing a crime using a firearm?

Since Hadiya "The little 15-year-old girl" was shot in Chicago, the media couldn't stop reporting her story. Their agenda was to stir more emotions from the people to increase the support for the new restrictions on firearms. But they failed to report one major part of that sad story. The young man that shot that little girl was a known and convicted gang member. 

Ward, who was already on probation for unlawful use of a firearm after pleading guilty in a 2011 arrest, was one of the shooters that took the young girl's life. How is it that someone who is a convicted gang member and arrested with the unlawful possession of a firearm is on the streets? Where is the legislation that would fix this major problem with our prison system? There simply isn't one. Our politicians do not wish to tackle a racially charged issue!

Instead, they decided to enact laws and legislations that would never affect the urban neighborhoods and put violent criminals away for good and off the streets. A feel-good type of legislations that does not fix a problem, but sounds good on TV.

Last night I was discussing this issue with a friend of mine who grew up in a very rough neighborhood and currently works as a police officer. He is not a "Gun Nut" nor interested in firearms beyond his ability to do his job to the best he can. I asked for his opinion on the new bills and his exact words were "They won't resolve anything because gangs do not follow the law." This is a testimony from someone that grew up in rough neighborhoods and is a law enforcement agent. He, in my opinion, is the authority on the issue more than anyone else is.

I can tell you for a fact that most of the bills introduced have no real answers to violent crimes nor will ever stop criminals and crazy people from committing them. They were all written without any real debate or research. They are simply "FEEL GOOD POLITICS" and designed to make some politicians look good. It was very apparent, as people testified against those bills, that those who wrote them didn't have any real answers or real knowledge about the current laws or about firearms in general. Shouldn’t we seek help from those that know before we enact pointless laws?

Did you know that Assault Weapons are already banned in NJ? Yet, one of the new proposed bills bans AR15! Did you know that in the state of NJ there is already a limit on magazine capacity? (Only 15 rounds max are allowed) Did you know that NJ residents can’t purchase a firearm unless they have a firearm purchasing ID card? Did you know that you must submit to a mental background check in order to be eligible for a firearm ID card? 

We already have one of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Second only to Chicago but did you know that both Chicago and us have the highest crime rates in the country? Maybe we need to stop deciding on resolutions based on our emotions and we need to use logic and reason for a change! Maybe it’s time to think before we act! Maybe we need to sit together (both sides of the aisle) and discuss actual real solutions based on educated and well-informed opinions. Maybe it is time to stop allowing our political correctness to control our future.

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Drew Wilcow February 23, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Steward – I have taught my children the man who stands on the street corner and preaches Communism is not a threat to America. No, not at all. The man who endangers America is the man who wishes to silent that man or any other voice.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 23, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Executive order? by stewie?
Drew Wilcow February 23, 2013 at 08:20 PM
John, do you remember when you were a kid and there was always that one kid who ran home to tell on you? Not that you did anything wrong, just that you did something he didn’t like. For example; catching a little blooper pop-up he hit right to the short stop, and then having to tell him, yes that means you are out and we are not going to change the 150 year old rules of the game and call you safe, just because you actually hit the ball for once! Well he’s all grown up now, at least in terms of the calendar, and he is posting here!
Walter O. February 23, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Ahmed, you're welcome. I'll have think about what you said. However, I believe it's hard to ignore what happened in CT with the semiautomatic weapon and that crazy holding all the large capacity clips. Like everything or most things in life it takes two, and blaming just guns or people won't makes safer. Unfortunately, both need to controlled. I hate saying that but unless we address both we're going to see a lot more of this. Lastly, I think everyone realizes what Stewat is doing...might be best if we all just ignored him and talked about how to make this world safer for all of us.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 23, 2013 at 08:35 PM
drew. LOL
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 23, 2013 at 08:47 PM
@walterO. I don't agree with you. CT has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment. NOTHING! We should NOT be condemning the 2nd Amendment for what happened to those kids! Try looking at the kids doctor for the prescriptions. or the pharmaceutical company or the dead mother! Nothing has to be done to the constitution. I know you feel bad about the kids, just like I do, but grow a freaking brain and a dash of intelligence and put the two together. There will be more attacks on citizens. You can count on this. What can you do about? Destroy the what is left of the constitution? That won't even help but make things worse, much worse. Just think about what you are saying before you go shooting from the hip!
Drew Wilcow February 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Steward, I’d be very careful here of calling me an identity thief. I am not now, nor have I ever stolen anyone’s identity, nor do I pretend to be whoever you say I am from wherever in California. Calling someone a criminal, steps way over the bounds of chatting and into the realm of libel. You are seriously losing it here Steward. Like the little kid who ran home you can’t understand why others don’t fall to their knees in awe of your superior intelligent over the gun issues. You are the enlightened one, but can’t accept anyone else’s opinion. So you run for help, looking to get the descending voices silenced. Oh yea Steward, you are a true Patriot. NOT!!!!! People like you don’t deserve the freedoms you are given. Regardless, I’d still stand by your side and defend your freedoms with my life if I had to if someone tried to take them from you. Would you do the same for me? Oh wait, I think you’ve already answered that in your post to the editors, wishing to deleted me. “Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither.”__ Attributed to Ben Franklin at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention. Know what else he said there? “I've lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing Proofs I see of this Truth —That God governs in the Affairs of Men.
Walter O. February 24, 2013 at 01:11 AM
John, Everyone including you is entitled to their opinion. Right or wrong. No shooting from the hip (by the way bad choice of words.). I've owned guns for over thirty years and have really thought about this. I also have worked in the pharma industry for the same amount of time. It's nice to blame everyone else or things for what happened, I guess it's human nature.. However, even if we all carried assault weapons on us 24/7, I gotta believe this would happen again. I also believe that when the 2nd amendment was put paper, nobody thought citizens would use their guns to kill innocent children. Think about that before insulting someone else's opinion. I don't want my guns taken away, I just don't see the point in owning semiautomatic weapons with extremely high capacity clips.
Walter O. February 24, 2013 at 01:15 AM
BTW...just checked both of my previous comments, just to make sure. I never questioned the 2nd amendment. You must have me confused with someone else.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 24, 2013 at 01:17 AM
You don't think the psychotropic drugs the kid was taking had anything to do with it? Just the 2nd amendment. I see. I don't need anyone telling me what type of weapon I feel I need to defend myself with. One day it may be necessary for me to need a high capacity weapon. Who knows? You don't know what is right for me! The government, as much as they think they do, does not know what is right for me! Why are you trying to let the bad guys out gun me?! with your killing me kindness. You make me sick.
1819 February 24, 2013 at 02:05 AM
"Comes now the demand"....lol.... Wikipedia: Andrew Wilkow (born August 18, 1972) is a conservative political talk radio host on the Sirius XM Patriot channel on SIRIUS channel 125[1] and XM channel 125.[2] Until July 2006, Wilkow had been on WGY in Schenectady, New York, (weekday mornings) and WABC in New York City (Sunday mornings).[3] He calls himself the "next generation of great talk radio", a nickname given to him by Mark Levin.[4] Wilkow is also a contributor to the website Conservative Punk.[5]
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 24, 2013 at 02:28 AM
1819. I am not sure if you are advertising Andrew Wilcox or trying to ID Drew Wicow, But you would be wrong in that. Drew Wilcow is not Andrew Wilcox. Nice try anyway. Andrew Wilcox is great and you should listen to him. Fantastic American.
Walter O. February 24, 2013 at 02:45 AM
John, its possible the drugs could have been responsible to a certain extent. But guess what, drugs are not going to kill all those children. Arm yourself with whatever you want, apparently your expecting the government to come after you. Even better go barricade yourself up in the hills. Maybe you need some of the meds. AGAIN, I NEVER MENTIONED ANYTHING ABOUT THE 2ND AMENDMENT! YOU SEEM TO BE FIXATED ON THAT. Apparently you think we live in the middle east, where citizens are fighting their governments. My philosophy has always been to treat people the way I'd like to be treated...with kindness and respect. Obviously you don't care about anyone else or their opinion. I guess that explains your rudeness and attitude. You must be a friend of Stewart.
Drew Wilcow February 24, 2013 at 02:50 AM
John - 1819 got it. Yes my moniker is a deliberate derivative of one of my favorite talk show hosts and New Jersey's own Andrew Wilkow. I am a proud member of The Wilkow Majority! http://wilkowmajority.com/
1819 February 24, 2013 at 02:55 AM
john, the conservative radio talkshow host is named "Andrew Wilkow" http://wilkowmajority.com/ It is common in American culture for people with seven letter long Christian names to drop the first three letters and be known to the people that know them best by the nickname of the last four letters, ie "Andrew" becomes "Drew." This is why the people that know Stewart best call him "Wart".
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 24, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Drew, i thought you came up with that screen name from him, but I know you could not be him. Andrew has an incredible mind.
Drew Wilcow February 24, 2013 at 04:05 AM
News Flash: Just got an e-mail for a guy who claims to lives in Inglewood California, and goes by the name of Drew Wilcow. He states his attention was directed to this threat by a Google app that notified him of his name being used. He goes on to say he fully agrees with all on this thread who support the 2nd amendment, and our right to own and carry arms. He even gave me a RIGHT ON MY BROTHER IN NAME, sign off!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 24, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Now you are going to piss off stewie somen fierce.
Ahmed Shraim February 24, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Hahahaha....Or he is simply crazy! He does display angry, paranoid, and Narcissistic. And I think that he enjoys annoying people. I tried at the beginning to have an intelligent debate with him but then realized that he is not interested in the debate as much as arguing...Kind of remind of the movie "Grumpy Old Men"
Alice Jameson February 24, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Has anyone else noticed that Steward’s posts don’t get forwarded like the others? I’m not complaining. It really is a blessing, albeit an odd one.
Drew Wilcow February 24, 2013 at 02:20 PM
“Come now the demand?” It is what happens when enlightened former car chauffeurs, and movie grips try and play lawyer!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 24, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I did notice that. I thought he just blocked me for some reason. Why is that?
Drew Wilcow February 24, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Ghost's leave no footprints!
Drew Wilcow February 24, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Steward is pulling a Whoopi Goldberg & Joy Behar act. Can’t defeat the facts, so he’s walked off the stage. Real American Heroes aren't they all?
Alan Kuhn February 24, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Nathan, it seems that Stewart is just going to continue to make Ad Hominem attacks rather than address any of the questions you asked him. It is rather amusing though to see the Terror Watch list suddenly being promoted, when only 5 years ago (When Sen Edward Kennedy was found to be on it through an error) it was breanded, by many of the SAME folks who wish it to be used as a litmus test now as a "Star Chamber with no oversight or accountability". Unless and until there is some way to determine who is ON that list, and what Criteris are used to be placed on that list, then Sorry but it is NOT acceptable to use it to deprive a Citizen of his Constitutional Rights.
Alan Kuhn February 24, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Is that the one where The Vice president (Who is also an Attorney admitted to several state bar assn's) States that he advised his wife to commit what would be a FELONY in his own home state (as well as here in NJ)...You "Fire off Two Blasts off the Deck" where I worked, and you would have been in handcuffs.
Alan Kuhn February 24, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Sounds rather Paranoid there Mr Resmer...
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 24, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I dare any of you anti 2nd amendment to watch this. http://youtu.be/IFqYv_nMtXQ
Drew Wilcow February 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Here’s is an interesting twist! Gun-friendly states woo firearms makers "Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, this month has written at least 13 manufacturers in states from Oregon to New York saying his state would not impose "unwarranted government intrusion into your business." "Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., has written manufacturers in New York and Colorado inviting them to relocate. Idaho economic development officials and Mississippi's Republican speaker of the House also have written similar letters." http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/24/gun-manufacturers-second-amendment-states/1942633/
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Texas is the state I am looking to flee to. The only thing stopping me is the wife Loves NJ for some reason. Well she likes being near the family. I hate every communist second I spend in this state. thank god I travel 80% of the time just so I can get out of here. I went into the town the other day to inquire about putting a shed on my property. They handed me a packet an inch and half thick. I pushed it back to him and said,"no thanks" and walked out. I could see that the packet was going to cost me a tonne of money before I even broke dirt. No wonder this place is going no where fast. a shed for godsake.

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