By now we have all heard the story of Ms. Carol Bowne, a NJ resident who was stalked by an extremely violent ex-boyfriend with a long criminal history. Ms. Bowne did everything she was supposed to do in this situation. She installed exterior lighting on her house. She upgraded the locks on her doors. She installed CCTV surveillance cameras on her home. She notified the local police of her circumstances. She applied for, and received a restraining order. She applied for a permit to purchase a firearm.
She was brutally stabbed to death on her own property in full view of her surveillance cameras despite the restraining order by her ex-boyfriend. So how did this happen if she had a firearm?
She didn’t have a firearm. NJ politicians and her local police department ensured that she was disarmed and easy prey for her ex-boyfriend. Between the laws enacted by politicians to keep law abiding citizens unarmed and a police department that far exceeded the timeframe mandated by law to issue a permit to buy a firearm they wrote the final chapter in Ms. Bowne’s life.
Leading the charge to ensure that NJ criminals enjoy a safe work environment is NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney. Sweeney over the past year or so hasn’t seen a civilian disarmament law he doesn’t like. He has been a tireless advocate to keep firearms out of the hands of his subjects… sorry… constituents after lying his way into office (for what is likely his last term in office) as a pro individual rights candidate. From his campaign promise of ““As long as I am Senate President you can rest assured that not a single anti-gun Bill will reach the floor for debate” to today when he openly stated on Twitter that he would never support laws for concealed carry in NJ, he has done a complete 180 and has shown himself to be an ardent supporter of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand and others who seek to remove an individual’s best tool for self-defense.
What makes Sweeney’s stance on the carriage of firearms in NJ especially hypocritical, to the point that the concept of hypocrisy points to him and says “I want to be that guy when I grow up” is that he is one of only ~1,200 individuals out of the 9 million people residing in NJ to hold a concealed carry permit. The very item he arrogantly denied to a woman who was justifiably in fear for her life is something the political big-wig ensured he himself had, presumably because he thinks his life is worth a lot more than a beautiful young woman’s.
While the attitude of “Guns for me- not for thee” is quite prevalent amongst the gun control crowd like Shannon Watts and Mike Bloomberg who assert that good guys with guns never stop bad guys with guns while maintaining squads of heavily armed bodyguards with a penchant for shoving women around, to see a sitting Senate President openly state that he does not support people carrying firearms WHILE HE IS ACTUALLY CARRYING A FIREARM AT THE TIME brings it to a whole different level.
Now you’d think that this would be considered the height of arrogance. I mean does anyone really think it is possible to be more arrogant than Sweeney? I didn’t… until Ms. Bowne was stabbed to death while waiting weeks longer than the law mandates for permission from her betters to be able to defend her life against a clear and pressing threat to her life. You see Ms. Bowne’s family wanted to talk to Sweeney. Sweeney of course wanted nothing to do with the peasants who had the temerity to petition their government for the redress of grievances and walked straight by them, refusing even to LOOK at them.
Then he went a step further and decided turning on his sprinklers to soak the grieving family would be a good thing to do. Now I think just about every human being in the country with a nanogram of empathy can agree that doing this was heartless and cruel considering the family was trying to address a concern to an elected representative. Seriously who in their right minds turns on a sprinkler system to drive off family members who have had a loved one brutally murdered?
Sweeney doesn’t stop there though. Since he is such an important person, and because his convenience takes precedence over a family distraught by the loss of a beautiful young woman, he has strong armed the town into introducing an ordinance that would bar people from protesting in groups of more than 10 persons and limiting the time to one hour every two weeks.
While 1MMAGC is obviously concerned primarily with the right to keep and bear arms, this needs to be mentioned. Sweeney not only thinks that the right of self-defense should not exist in public; he thinks that the right to free speech, the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition government for the redress of grievances should not exist in public as well and is using his power as President of the NJ Senate to make it happen.
I have been a tireless advocate for the individual right to keep and bear arms for over 20 years now and with the rise of the head of Monsanto’s global PR division as the paid face of gun control and her arrogance of having armed men follow her into parks while advocating banning people with guns from parks; I never thought I would encounter someone who exhibited more blatant hypocrisy than Shannon Watts.
Sadly I was wrong.
There is a solution to Sweeney and his unbridled cruelty and arrogance however. A recall movement has been gaining steam in NJ thanks in large part to Sweeney himself. Pop on over to http://www.recallsweeney.com/ and help send the message that Sweeney’s hypocrisy will no longer be tolerated by the citizens he is supposed to serve- not soak.
- Mr. Decker
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