It’s obvious even to the casual observer that Phil Murphy is running for office to start a national political race. He even changed his hairstyle as noticed this week during his appearance on CNBC.
Forget all cosmetic nonsense, pay attention to politics.
He just signed seven new gun laws this week before leaving for his 23-bedroom villa in Italy. Laws will do nothing to make us safer, they will only make law-abiding gun owners more vulnerable.
The one law he and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin are most enthusiastic about is the ability to sue gun manufacturers when a firearm is used in the commission of a crime. How about holding automakers accountable when someone uses a car to drive drunk or run over someone? Maybe we should blame the cutlers if someone stabs someone or the carpenters if someone pushes someone down the stairs.
These laws do nothing to make us safer. They only serve to reinforce Murphy’s image in the minds of people on his base. New Jersey is a state with a weak gun culture. People are afraid of guns here in this state. Tell them something simple like “we signed new laws to protect you from gun violence” and sadly they buy it. Even if you made all guns illegal, only criminals will have guns. They don’t follow stupid laws and regulations that stupid politicians put in place. They are criminals.
If Murphy were successful, only law enforcement and those with private armed security would be protected by firearms. I’m sure there’s some sort of armed security for the “Givenor” even at his villa in Italy, a country where it’s harder to get a gun than in New Jersey.
He took the opportunity to politicize guns following mass shootings in other states, just as he did with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. He is not your saviour. He’s a cunning, ultra-rich political animal who knows how to play clueless, scared people like a fiddle.
At least one member of the New Jersey legislature saw the new gun laws for what they are. Freshman Senator and True Citizens’ Representative Ed Durr, R-Gloucester, said: ‘These are empty solutions that won’t stop violent criminals who will ignore every new gun law that is enacted. All these bills will do is put more legal gun owners at risk of being prosecuted for unintentional technical violations of the law.
Unfortunately, that’s not enough to stop Murphy’s continued nonsense or his thirst and quest for more power on the national stage.
The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy only.
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