At a Speedway gas station in Edison a store attendant was shot and killed during a robbery early this morning. The 38 year old attendant handed over the cash draw and the suspect fired a single shot killing the attendant as he exited the store. There was another employee in the store who was not injured. This incident further demonstrates that New Jersey’s gun laws are misguided.
New Jersey currently has among the most restrictive gun laws in the country and if Governor Murphy has his way will get even tougher. Murphy has vowed to make New Jersey the national leader in gun control. Recently a Federal Appeals Court in Philadelphia upheld Murphy’s June 2018 high capacity magazine ban to which former NYPD Commissioner replied “NJ Governor Murphy is endangering the life of every off duty NJ cop!”. Murphy has signed 6 gun control bills in less than a year in office and has promised more. New Jersey law puts an undue burden on the ownership, transportation and possession of legally purchased firearms.
New Jersey’s Constitution has no provisions relating to keeping or bearing of arms. New Jersey courts have upheld gun laws that were challenged on Second Amendment grounds.
Up until 2012 citizens of Venezuela were allowed to keep and bear arms. In 2012 the Socialist government of Hugo Chavez enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law”. The government made it clear that the purpose was to “disarm all citizens”. The law resulted in 12,500 guns being confiscated in Venezuela by force. When Nicolas Maduro took power in Venezuela he sent government troops into the streets to crush opposition to his regime. The disarmed citizens had no defense.
None of New Jersey’s restrictive gun laws saved the life of John Bertram working an overnight shift at an Edison gas station early this morning. While the suspect has not been identified and is still at large we can assume he did not purchase his firearm legally or adhere to New Jersey strict gun laws. Criminals by definition do not obey the law including gun laws. We’ve had gun control laws on the books for many years and they have not stopped criminals from obtaining firearms or committing crimes. Gun control laws only apply to law abiding citizens who purchase firearms legally making them potential felons for exercising their Second Amendment rights. New Jersey’s strict gun laws restrict the ability of law abiding gun owners to protect themselves and their families. If John Bertram or his co-worker were carrying a gun this morning he might still be alive today. Also note that Murphy’s high capacity magazine ban did nothing to save the life of John Bertram. The suspect filed a single shot.
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