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13th Principle – Uphold the 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms

April 22, 2013

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I did not previously post my views on 2d Amendment rights because I did not think it was a major political issue when I began my campaign.

But in February, the Democrats who are a majority of the 80 member State Assembly in Trenton approved 22 new bills that would make it a lot more difficult and expensive to legally own a gun in New Jersey.    Those bills will become law if approved by the Democrat controlled 40 member State Senate,and Republican Governor Chris Christie.

They did this even though none of these proposed  new  laws is likely to stop any violence or save any lives.

That is because the Democrats did not propose these laws to stop violence or save lives.   They did it to gain political power.     They know that the folks who run the newspapers and  TV news and most voters don’t know what is in these laws, but will praise Democrats for passing them anyway–and attack and ridicule any Republican who opposes them.   Democrats also know that when they fill the news with emotional issues like gun control distracts people  learning how high taxes and big government are killing the economy.

Too few Republican leaders talk about this.   I am running for Governor because I believe most people in New Jersey  will support traditional Republican principles if they are properly explained and defended.

The right of every mentally competent, law abiding citizen to own and carry a firearm for the protection of self, family, and property secures our most basic “unalienable” rights of “life” and “liberty”.    Our Declaration of Independence recognized that right in 1776 and the Second and Fourteenth Amendments of our U.S. Constitution guarantee that right today.

While the government can and should make and enforce laws to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, it must do so without infringing on the fundamental rights of citizens who obey the law and who are not mentally ill.

New Jersey already has some of the harshest and most burdensome gun laws in the nation.   For example, under current New Jersey law, police chief can and do routinely deny  ‘concealed carry’ permits to virtually everyone who applies, even when the applicant has outstanding character,  is as proficient in the use of the weapon as a police officer, and proves a special need for  protection.   Years of studies have proven that citizens in other states  where qualified, law abiding private citizens legally carry concealed weapons,  are safer than us here in New Jersey.

Yet in spite of these strict laws, criminals carry concealed weapons whenever they want because they have little trouble getting illegal guns from international gun smuggling gangs, just as they have little trouble getting illegal drugs in spite of very strict drug laws.   And prosecutors routinely plea-bargain away gun charges to avoid taking cases to trial.

With increased violent crime, and high pension, salary and benefits costs limiting the number of police we can afford,  this is not a time to disarm qualified, law abiding citizens who  are willing and able to defend themselves and their families when  police are not around.

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Matt May 11, 2013 at 1:51 am

Mr. Grossman I am going to be voting for you primarily for your stance on the Second Amendment. NJ gun owners are being dragged through the mud by our current legislatures. We need someone like you fighting for our rights. I wish you the best of luck.

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John May 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I too will be voting for you based on your support for the second amendment.

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Ed June 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Mr. Grossman I am going to be voting for you because your stance on the Second Amendment. This is my primary issue.

Ed

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Lou Porcelli June 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

We need some one like you in office

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David June 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

I will be voting for you based on your 2nd Amendment statements. If you turn on the citizens of NJ as our current politically correct governor has many times. I will also see that you’re not reelected next term!
Yes it is time to take back New Jersey from the liberal socialist team!
Yes it is that important to me & my children!

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Ed Imperatore June 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Mr. Grossman,
I think I’m going to trust you on this one and have my entire family vote for you tomorrow. There is a lot of us & we all think the biggest issue is our 2nd Amendment Rights. We are a large family of hard working honest people that have almost no hope of defending ourselves with Hitler, oops I mean Obama and his ilk wanting to bring back a “kingdom”. My brothers & I and our wives and children are already looking to move west or south to get our freedoms back. My brothers & I can build or repair almost anything, our skill set is among the best. We will be welcomed everywhere else.
Please help us,
ed

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kathryn June 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Too bad there is so much apathy in the US when gov’t passes “feel-good” legislation that does nothing to protect the honest citizen. Yes, NJ is one of the worst for honoring the US Constitution. “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” Hope you can help with some change.

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