Christie bailing out on gun rights?

posted at 5:31 pm on April 20, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

For a time last year there was some serious chatter about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo being a potential Democrat nominee for 2016. Even if Hillary weren’t likely going to be in the hunt, I’m pretty sure that chatter ended once Cuomo took the shocking, overreaching measures of passing the gun grabbing SAFE Act and then signing an abortion bill which gave even some moderately pro-choice people pause. He had sailed so far off the Left fringe of the map that he would be easy meat for any Republican in the swing states.

This weekend, I have to wonder if one of his frequently mentioned counterparts from across the aisle, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn’t getting ready to head down the same trail. While the nation’s eyes were riveted on the Boston bombing, the West, Texas explosion and other tragedies, Christie was moving to increase gun control laws in a state which is already one of the most restrictive in the nation.

Days after the U.S. Senate killed off their gun control bill, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced expanded gun control measures in his state. The move isn’t likely to win him points with conservatives. In Christie’s plan he even bans a certain gun according to NJ101.5…

At the announcement of Christie’s NJ SAFE Taskforce in January in the aftermath of Newtown, he talked about targeting and treating the root causes of violence. Too many times there are instances of unspeakable tragedy and the question is asked how such tragedy could have been prevented. His proposals is this area include;

Making it easier for health professionals and courts to require potentially dangerous people to receive the treatment they need whether it is in the form of inpatient or outpatient care. This will allow the monitoring of their progress and ensure they are receiving the kind of specific care they need.

Creating flexibility in the type of care an individual is receiving, making it easier for someone to move from inpatient to outpatient settings.

Changing the current standard of involuntary outpatient treatment to eliminate the uncertainty expressed by clinicians and courts regarding their authority to order this type of essential assistance.

The mental health angle, more vulnerable to abuse than all the rest, is precisely the one that Cuomo used in NY to begin scouring the medical records of people who were prescribed anxiety or depression medicine and sending out the troops to confiscate their weapons. One would think that Christie would have the sense and the political survival skills to look at this particular pond much more closely before diving in.

He additionally includes provisions about going after regulation in the sales of video games. None of the proposed restrictions look all that heinous, but it’s yet another case of layering complications on the lives of private citizens where families should be doing the heavy lifting. I don’t know if this will be a negative watershed moment for Christie, but the folks in Iowa are already watching nervously here.

“Middle America is always suspect of the guys from the East Coast in these matters,” said Craig Robinson, who runs the influential Iowa Republican blog. “What is your understanding and foundation on issues like this? Plenty of Iowa Republicans are already grumbling at him. If he were to go another step further and sign into law the gun thing, or the marriage thing, I think it would almost disqualify him as a national candidate.”


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What’s everybody worried about? FatBoy’s heart’s gonna explode within the next five years.

teacherman on April 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM

No east coast RINOs need apply as the REPUBLICAN 2016 candidate. The Repubs need to remember that 4 million conservatives stayed home in 2012 because of Mitt being a RINO. No to Rubio as well. When will these Repubs learn? As we’ve seen with the gun control issue, if the right sticks to their principals they will win handily. As for Christie he’s toast.

neyney on April 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM

So, if a crazy got into a car, drove on to a school playground, during recess, and killed 26 kids with a car, would they be banning cars? Of course not. Crazies do crazy things and we shouldn’t be out there making laws trying to stop crazies, they’re always one step ahead of you.

bflat879 on April 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM

This will allow the monitoring of their progress and ensure they are receiving the kind of specific care they need.

Mandatory In-patient care.

Mandatory Out-patient care.

In or out, compliance with treatment means ensuring swallowing the psychotropic medicines.

Just to have a gun.

Next stop: Psychoprisons.

flicker on April 20, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Christie = Dead RINO Walking….politically.
III

dirtengineer on April 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Rinoceros Rex!

King of the Rinos Speaks!

William Eaton on April 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Tbone McGraw on April 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Attack Christie on the issues-no, I’m not a Christie fan-but leave his appearance out of it!
*I’m a short slim woman married to an wonderful guy…who’s short and fat. Don’t knock it-’till you’ve tried it..*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM

A man goes on a trip. When he comes home his brother tells him .. “your cat died

The man says “gee, couldn’t you package that a little better by saying that the cat had wandered out onto the roof and after multiple efforts by firemen to save the cat, it fell and couldn’t be saved.”

A few weeks later, the man goes on another trip. When he comes home his brother tells him .. “Mom wandered out onto the roof …

Sometimes drawing them a picture just doesn’t cut through it

J_Crater on April 21, 2013 at 12:17 AM

It’s his state.
I am still of the opinion that states have the right (and responsibility) to make laws such as this.
The federal government should be prohibited by the Second Amendment.
But the tone of the law can, and should, vary by state.

By the same token, states should have the right to make abortion illegal in their state.
And the fed has a ton of intrusions based on the Commerce Clause.

It’s a shame what has happened to the republic.
But to be consistent, I have to respect Gov Christie’s direction for the law of New Jersey.

connertown on April 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Sometimes there’s something to be said for limiting your soda intake to just the 16 ounce size, instead of the super-mega 60 oz burp’n gulp, with (two) double bacon triple cheese burgers. Seriously, why doesn’t this gun grabbing global warming climate change pushing r i n o just become a Dem, and leave us alone.

anotherJoe on April 21, 2013 at 3:38 AM

They got what they voted for in NJ. They can keep him. Andy’s off his meds again. He proclaimed the Boston bombing was the result of agw.

Kissmygrits on April 21, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Christie is getting ready to run as a Dem.

conservative tarheel on April 21, 2013 at 9:12 AM

What’s everybody worried about? FatBoy’s heart’s gonna explode within the next five years.

teacherman on April 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM

We’re waddling into dangerous territory with THAT one. :)

Myron Falwell on April 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Chris Christie is NOT a conservative, and he has NO PLACE in the Republican Party–certainly not as a national representative or “nominee.” His embrace of Obama after the storm was the straw on the proverbial camel’s back. No mas. Go and frick yourself, Christie. You are a disgrace.

mountainaires on April 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

THIS:

Christie = Dead RINO Walking….politically.
III

dirtengineer on April 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

mountainaires on April 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Just a reminder … Fatboi Chris Christie was the favorite potential presidential nominee of ANN COULTER.

Next time you see Ann Coulter flapping her gums – just remember that she was dreadfully WRONG on Christy. If she didn’t get that right – then she’s worthless as a pundit.

HondaV65 on April 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Attack Christie on the issues-no, I’m not a Christie fan-but leave his appearance out of it!
*I’m a short slim woman married to an wonderful guy…who’s short and fat. Don’t knock it-’till you’ve tried it..*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM

I agree. People should take the time to walk back a little and try to get a view of the whole man.

Axe on April 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM

It’s not the guns they are after it’s the ammo. Anyone who still believes panic buying and hoarding are behind the ammo shortage is a damn fool.

bgibbs1000 on April 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

I wonder, did the RINO WHALE ‘s latest atrocious d-cRAT-like action just give his #1 fan, ann “nut-job” coulter, another orgasm?

TeaPartyNation on April 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

ALT and Axe:

Just because Christie displays the arrogance and sloth of Jabba eating that nasty little froggy thing( leaving green slime on his lower lip) DOESN’T mean I criticize him only for his morbid obesity.

socalcon on April 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

ALT and Axe:

Just because Christie displays the arrogance and sloth of Jabba eating that nasty little froggy thing( leaving green slime on his lower lip) DOESN’T mean I criticize him only for his morbid obesity.

socalcon on April 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I think . . . my subtle joke got by you. Or you would have just went with ALT. Could be wrong. :) I was wrong several times yesterday and twice in ’95.

Axe on April 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Christ Christie is just a Supersized Bloomberg!

Nancy’s come in all shapes and sizes.

PappyD61 on April 21, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Nanny’s not Nancy’s…….iPad auto complete devil.

PappyD61 on April 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Christie was not invited to CPAC because he has no future in the GOP. I gotta agree with that assessment. Christie is a contemptible individual.

As for respect for the Law for NJ is concerned, not in my world. The left has bought into the idea of the US constitution applying to the states through the incorporation doctrine. Let them live with it. So far Chicago and DC gun control statutes have bit the dust because of it, and Illinois now must have concealed carry for the same reason. The left has no respect for the law, and I see no reason why we should respect anything they propose that would tromp on the rights of the US citizen.

Quartermaster on April 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

any minute someone is going to come along and tell us that
Christie is “severely conservative” and that voting for him is
inevitable …

conservative tarheel on April 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Apparently Governor of New Jersey is his dream job. Good for him.

Jaibones on April 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Well, he just ended his career advancement in the Rebublican party.

Tom C on April 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

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