The people of New Jersey finally demonstrated this past Tuesday that there is indeed a line in the sand when they ousted “progressive” Democrat Jon Corzine from the Governor’s office in resounding fashion.
For the state’s self-defense advocates, Corzine’s departure will signal the end of a regime dedicated to destroying private gun ownership.
Chris Christie’s election may be an interruption in the onslaught, but as we all know, self-defense has become a foreign concept in New Jersey. Politicians - and the people - must be reacquainted with why removing New Jersey’s oppressive restrictions on a citizen’s ability to protect self, family and property will be a benefit to society in the long run.
Most of New Jersey’s firearms laws, such as the recent One-Gun-a-Month debacle, demonstrate a blatant, willful ignorance of a reality that the vast majority of state legislatures have eschewed in favor of respect for the people. Governor-elect Christie’s history shows that he has supported little if any change in the state’s laws. Whether this is for political expedience or a result of personal philosophy remains to be seen.
While for many of you this may seem like the time to take a deep breath and relax, the New Jersey Coalition for Self Defense will not rest. We have begun the process of reaching out to the new administration with the intent of opening a dialogue on the subject of self-defense and dispelling the misinformation that keeps New Jersey’s policies in the Dark Ages. We will work to give our members a better understanding of the political process so that in the coming elections we might have more influence on who is chosen for public offices. We are asking our members and supporters to remain at the ready to actively promote programs to educate the public and initiatives to move New Jersey’s gun laws in a positive direction.
Yes, for many reasons you are entitled to a long, slow exhale of relief after enduring the failures of the Corzine administration. But the fight for self-defense rights in New Jersey is far from over - it's certainly not on the Governor-elect's priority list. It’s up to all of us to put it there. Let’s not wait until the next election to get started.