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New Jersey: Governor Defends Keeping His Armed Guards While Shutting Down Gun Stores As “Nonessential” – Then The People Stood Up!

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Published on: March 31, 2020

It’s absolutely amazing to watch the hypocrites in government across the united States.  They tell you not to gather with crowds of people while standing should to shoulder with people in a crowd saying it.  They infringe on your liberties but keep the beast eating.  The latest in this hypocrisy is New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s defense of keeping his armed guards while closing gun stores and labeling them as “nonessential” businesses due to the coronavirus fiasco.  But the people were having none of it.

The Washington Times reports:

The NRA highlighted a moment from Mr. Murphy’s press conference Wednesday when he was confronted by a man who pointed out that the Democratic governor still enjoys Second Amendment protection while many New Jersey residents no longer can.

Mr. Murphy on Saturday signed an executive order closing all nonessential businesses, including gun stores, and state police closed the online background check portal the same day.

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The man told the governor, “The poorest minorities living in the most dangerous cities with the highest crime rates now have absolutely no way of buying a firearm. I lived in Newark and I understand this firsthand. You surround yourself with armed guards, so clearly you understand the benefit of the Second Amendment.

“At this moment, how can a New Jersey resident who isn’t already a gun owner exercise their Second Amendment rights?” he asked.

Mr. Murphy responded by saying he holds a “philosophical disagreement” with people who argue in favor of more guns.

“A safer society, for my taste, has fewer guns and not more guns,” the governor said, adding that also includes keeping the guns that already do exist in the hands of the “right people.”

“Particularly, trained members of law enforcement like the guy to my left who’s got a pistol on his hip,” Mr. Murphy said. “I don’t know if there’s any more color to add beyond that.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful, but it is what it is,” he added. “Crime has been down and let’s hope it stays down.”

Mr. Murphy then offered to call on the man for another question so that he could “get this out of [his] system.”

“Well, it’s not in my system, it’s part of the Constitution,” the man fired back. “People do have the right to defend themselves.”

“I respect the Second Amendment,” the governor interjected.

Except when he doesn’t.

In fact, because of the outcry, it was reported that Murphy’s unconstitutional decision was reversed by the Trump administration.

The NRA reported:

On Saturday, March 21, Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 107 which shut down the state’s background check system and ruled gun shops non-essential, closing down gun shops along with most other businesses in the state.  By executive fiat, the Governor unilaterally ended all purchases of firearms in New Jersey.  Gov. Phil Murphy has been one of the most anti-gun Governors in the country, but freedom loving Americans scored a critical victory today when the Governor announced in a press conference that he was reversing that part of his executive order which closed gun shops.

This reversal was forced by a decision over the weekend from the Trump Administration – through the Department of Homeland Security – that firearm and ammunition dealers, shooting ranges, and manufacturers are part of the nation’s critical infrastructure and should not be shut down.  NRA thanks President Trump for keeping his word to protect the Second Amendment and our freedom by issuing this decision. 

OK, so, good!  While President Trump has talked up and supported unconstitutional red flag laws, something he should be stepping in on states for engaging in, at least in this instance, the administration did the right thing.

Consider also that New Jersey has been releasing criminals from its jails like several other states.

Congratulations people of New Jersey!  Now, if you don’t have a gun, go out and purchase a few and learn how to use them.

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