Friday evening was big for Chris Christie. (More on the significance of Friday below.) Four bills, four vetoes, and some brazen political calculation.
Christie vetoed three gun control measures, including one he proposed earlier this year. The rejected bills:
A ban on .50 caliber rifles, including this guy right here, which shoots bullets more than a mile. Christie had proposed restricting these very guns in April.
A background check system that sought to keep guns away from those with criminal records and mental illnesses.
A requirement that state officials report missing guns to a federal database.
The headlines said Christie “conditionally vetoed” a bill easing regulations on medical marijuana for kids. And one of those vetoes was a big one: A pediatrician and a psychiatrist must still sign off on a child’s use of medical marijuana. But Christie also approved a couple big portions of the law.
Kids can now take edible medical marijuana. So yes, pot brownies.
Dispensaries (there is only one in Jersey right now) can now grow more than three strains of pot. This will allow growers to sell more potent strains–like the one this dad was looking for.
So, why was Friday significant? Christie’s vetoes–over the gun bills in particular–will not go over well with a large portion of the Jersey electorate, so dropping the news at the slowest possible time for media coverage was a conscious decision. (Despite his popularity, he still has to win re-election this year…) Down the road, of course, come Iowa caucus time, Christie may not be so shy about touting those same vetoes.
The Daily News reports Commissioner Charles Ramsey has replaced the head of the police department’s firearms training unit, after an audit showing a gun missing from the department’s stockpile of 1,356 M-16 rifles.
Right now, we have 12 guns that we still need to locate, but we have more than 100 officers that we’ve not yet checked with,” Ramsey said.
“It’s too soon to say we can’t locate [the firearms]. We have some officers who are out on IOD [injured on duty] status, and others that are detailed to other units.
The command switch was not directly linked to any concerns about the ongoing audit, Ramsey said.
“I’m just trying to make a few moves, here and there,” Ramsey said. “It’s no reflection on [Fisher's] ability. He’s a fine leader and a good man.”
It’s a good thing he’s not too worried. After all, how much damage in Philadelphia could possibly be done with a dozen M-16s?
A man feuding with officials in his rural Pennsylvania town over living conditions at his ramshackle, trash-filled property killed three people at a municipal meeting – including at least one town official – in a rampage that blew holes through the walls and sent people crawling for cover, police said.
The gunman, Rockne Newell, was tackled to the ground and shot with his gun after firing gunshots through the wall and bursting into the meeting Monday night, witnesses said. They said he then went to his car and got another weapon to keep firing.
“I heard more than 10 shots,” Pocono Record reporter Chris Reber said in a first-person account. “It was automatic, like a string of firecrackers.”
Over the years, authorities have responded to Newell’s property as a result of neighbor complaints and on one occasion in 2009 found human fecal matter in buckets there, according to previous reports in the Pocono Record.
The township determined he was improperly disposing of sewage with no septic system or permit for one.
In a previous account, Newell said he couldn’t afford septic hookup fees.
“If I lose this property, I have nowhere else to go,” Newell told the Pocono Record in June.
“What they’re doing to me, what they’ve been doing to me for so long, it’s wrong.”
AP reports that Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler has been suspended over those crazy profane shoot-em-up anti-liberal videos he made—not because of the sentiments expressed therein (he does have his crazy profane First Amendment rights after all) but because he used city property without permission. The property in question? The guns he gleefully blazed away with in those videos. (He’d bought the guns and donated them to the police department.)
In one video, Kessler criticizes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s support of a United Nations treaty aimed at controlling the international arms trade, which some gun rights advocates fear could lead to restrictions on domestic weapons. Kessler then fires a weapon and screams, “Come and get it!”
Gilberton Mayor Mary Lou Hannon has said she found the language in the videos offensive and she understood that others did as well.
“I think it’s blackened our eye a little, but we are a strong community,” Hannon said after the meeting. “We will go on from here.”
Just remember, liberals: Never get caught speeding in Gilberton. Or if you do, do it in the next month, before Kessler returns from suspension.
Only in Philadelphia would we celebrate 115 recorder murders on record. For the past 10 years or so, we’ve clocked a minimum of 300 murders a year, putting us at about 180 murders for the year at this point on average. However, our body count of 115 puts us at more than 42 percent below the murder rate for last year at this time, marking an amazing 45-year low in the rate at which we kill one another. However, with summer having solidly arrived, it’s likely that we’ll see those numbers increase, as this season is ordinarily one of the most violent times of year in the city. [Newsworks]
On the heels his arrest yesterday for a June 17th murder in Massachusetts, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is now being investigated for his potential role in a July, 2012 double-murder, law enforcement officials told the Boston Globe. The alleged murder occurred after a fight erupted at a Boston club, when a someone in a silver or gray SUV followed a BMW sedan, shooting and killing two men inside. Officials suspect the man Hernandez is accused of killing last week may have known about that double-murder. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to the murder charge yesterday. [Boston Globe]
The National Association for Gun Rights has its sights set on pinko commie arch-conservative Pat Toomey, releasing the first ad yet that has criticized the state’s junior senator for his ill-fated gun control bill.
The ad somehow manages to tie Toomey’s plan to the IRS scandal, Edward Snowden and Benghazi, before climaxing at the 50-second mark, when it melts his face and transforms him into–gasp!–Arlen Specter. Politics PA notes that the “inexpensive” “in-house” ad will run only on cable. Presumably really late at night, in between showings of BASEketball and Next Friday.
You’ve probably not heard of Richard Alloway II, and there’s a good reason for that: If you live in or around Philadelphia, you’ve never voted for him, never had a chance to vote for him, and unless he someday runs for state office, you never will. He’s a state senator from Chambersburg — 159 miles away.
Thing is, Philadelphia, Alloway is awfully interested in you.
Dear Gun Owners, … No strike that. Most gun owners are law abiding and responsible. Dear Crazy Gun Owners, … No wait. Still too broad.
Dear Crazy Gun Person who sent letters to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg laced with the poison ricin, … Much better.
You hurt your own cause. You are mad at Mayor Bloomberg because he fights for gun control. It was a battle you and the NRA were winning. But you reminded us that YOU are exactly the type of person who shouldn’t have a gun. You are the poster boy for gun control. Read more »
I’m a little late to this, but I think I have a professional obligation to post the video.
Summary: Police say a man was kicked out of the Purple Orchid Gentleman’s Club in Southwest Philly, and then returned with an AK-47 to shoot the place up. On this way, he slipped and fell. Twice. One person was hit, but did not suffer serious injuries.