The number of home-based firearms retailers in the Garden State has increased by 40 percent over the past five years, and the number of gun dealers is growing faster in New Jersey than in all but three other states—Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina—according to an analysis of federal data and property records by NJ Advance Media.
So, what accounts for the growth of firearms commerce in a state whose leaders historically have been so hostile to firearms ownership? According to Robert Teodorczy, who operates Cheyenne Gunsmith & Firearms in Manville, N.J., “Because New Jersey makes it harder for you to get a gun, it makes people more determined to get a gun.”
Indeed, a decade ago, in 2005, about 36,000 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks were conducted on firearms purchasers in New Jersey. By November of this year, that figure had already almost doubled, to 70,000.
Hillary’s Latest Lies About Guns
Playing fast-and-loose with the facts isn’t new for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, but now she appears to be simply making stuff up. For example, take Saturday’s Democratic debate.
During the debate, Clinton stated: “Since we last debated in Las Vegas (Oct. 13), nearly 3,000 people have been killed by guns. Two hundred children have been killed. This is an emergency.”
While the so-called “mainstream” media typically give Clinton a pass, the Associated Press looked into this claim and reported Clinton’s “facts” were untrue: “The Gun Violence Archive has recorded 11,485 gun deaths in the U.S. so far this year, an average of just under 1,000 per month, making Clinton’s figure appear to be highly exaggerated. The archive had more detailed data for children and teenagers, showing 70 from those age groups killed by firearms since the Democratic candidates debated Oct. 13—not 200 as she claimed.”
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Join Hillary Clinton Onstage At Brady Campaign Gala
In late October, The New York Times reported that, just after the high-profile shooting of one of Cuomo’s aides, the Brady Campaign reached out to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has since promised to lend more publicity to the group. True to his word, on Thursday, when Hillary Clinton takes the stage to receive the inaugural Mario M. Cuomo Visionary Award at the group’s annual Bear Awards Gala, Cuomo will be in attendance to introduce her.
The decision to name the award after Cuomo’s father—who was far more well known for his economic policy and stances on the death penalty and abortion than gun control—seems a calculated response to the younger Cuomo’s commitment to help Brady remain relevant.
The new award came just weeks after Andrew Cuomo’s announcement, and according to the New York DailyNews, the Brady Campaign has not commented on why the award was named as such.
Australian Senator Cautions Against Glorifying Gun Confiscation
A prominent Australian politician is speaking out against Hillary Clinton’s enthusiastic support for “Australian-style” gun control—that is, forcible confiscation of firearms. In the latest episode of “Ginny Simone Reporting,” Sen. David Leyonhjelm fires back against Hillary’s characterization of the national “buyback” as a successful measure: “I was a bit horrified by that … I don’t think Australia is a model for the United States on gun control at all.”
As new reports reveal a thriving black market for firearms in Australia, throwing the balance of power firmly toward the side of criminals, it is madness to continue to parrot claims that the nation’s citizens are safer after being disarmed. We appreciate Sen. Leyonhjelm’s courage in cautioning America not to make the same mistake.
Good Samaritan To The Rescue
Last Saturday night, a little after 10 p.m., a group of four to eight men pulled into a neighborhood in two cars—an SUV and a white four-door sedan. A resident of the neighborhood who was walking nearby watched them get out of their cars, walk up to a house and try to force their way in. At that point, the neighbor intervened.
He pulled out his gun and went up to the men and confronted them. The neighbor ended up shooting at one of the suspects—the suspect also fired, but missed, and later died at the scene. The other suspects jumped into the SUV and fled.
Neighbors believe the suspect who was killed was driving a stolen vehicle. There was one man inside the house that the men tried to break into; he was unharmed.