Foley’s views on guns are extreme; we should support Malloy

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came to Greenwich Monday, July 21, to raise money for his Republican cohort, Tom Foley, the endorsed pro-gun Republican candidate for governor of Connecticut.

Nearly 200 gun violence prevention advocates gathered to protest not only Foley’s pro-gun candidacy, but Christie’s rejection of a New Jersey bill that would have banned the sale of ammunition magazines larger than 10 rounds.

Foley, no friend of common-sense gun laws, has told the extremist CT Citizens Defense League, “If I’m governor, any further attempts and restrictions on law-abiding gun owners by our legislature will stop at the governor’s office.” and  “Had I been governor, the outcome in Connecticut would have been different.”

Prior to the fund-raiser, the New York Times reported, Christie dismissed Newtown resident Richard Boritz who questioned him about limiting LCMs. Interrupting Mr. Boritz, Christie said, “There is no evidence that limiting high-capacity magazines” “does anything to limit violence.’”

But there is evidence, and it suggests otherwise:

• Two weeks after Chris Christie vetoed the ban on high capacity magazines, which he referred to as trivial, a Jersey City police officer was shot and killed by a shooter who fired 13 times without reloading;

• D.C.-based Violence Policy Center has reported there have been at least 12 mass shootings in which the shooter used magazines holding between 10 and 15 rounds;

• A Washington Post study found, that during the federal assault weapon ban when magazines were limited to 10 rounds, fewer criminals had access or were found to be in possession of high capacity magazines;

• The Citizens Crime Commission of New York City recently reported that when high capacity magazines are used during a mass shooting, more people are shot;

• Chris Koper’s 2004 study for the U.S. Department of Justice reported, “… that attacks with semiautomatics — including AWs and other semiautomatics equipped with LCMs — result in more shots fired, more persons hit, and more wounds inflicted per victim than do attacks with other firearms.”

What can the public do? Protect Connecticut’s strong gun safety laws re-electing Gov. Daniel Malloy in November.

 

Temi Bova
Ridgefield

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