July 9, 2014

I wrote about Joe Scarborough calling the New Jersey governor a chickensh*t because he refused to met with the Sandy Hook families after he vetoed a bill reducing the number of bullets that would be in a magazine, but first I wanted to highlight how he defended himself on the veto because it was so truly off the wall.

Christie: I've heard the argument so are we saying that the 10 children on the clip they advocate for, that their lives are less valuable? If you take the logical conclusion of their argument, you go to zero because every life is valuable. And so why 10? Why not six? Why not two? Why not one? Why not zero? Why not just ban guns completely?

So the logical conclusion of their argument is that you get to zero eventually so you know, I understand their argument. I feel extraordinary sympathy for them and the other families and all the families across America who are the victims of gun violence.

What they are saying is by reducing the number of bullets in a gun clip, you're giving maniacs less bullets and less firepower to massacre humans with, Chris. Every life saved is a victory. How he goes from 10 bullets in a magazine to zero is stunning to say the least. Why does anyone need fifteen round magazines is beyond me accept if you plan to be in a war. The lengths in which he ties himself up in knots to defend his veto is mind boggling.

UPDATE: Mark Barden, a parent of the Sandy Hook massacre was very upset that Christie refused to meet with him:

Nearly a week after Gov. Chris Christie rejected a controversial gun control measure and then declined to meet with the parents of two children gunned down in Connecticut, the father of one slain first-grader described the governor’s reason for turning down a meeting with them as "unfortunate."

Mark Barden, whose son Daniel, 7, was killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., said he was confused by the Republican governor’s comments on Monday in which he defended his decision to veto the bill intended to reduce the size of ammunition magazines from 15 rounds to 10.

"What was he afraid of? Barden said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "Why wouldn’t he sit down and talk with us?"

In that event, Barden said, Christie must have made his mind up to veto the bill weeks before it was announced, since he declined a meeting with them going back to May 21."It makes me scratch my head," Barden said. "If he made his decision back then, what was he waiting for? Everyone knows his track record for vetoing controversial bills on the evening of a holiday weekend on the hopes it wouldn’t get noticed," he said.

Barden was not alone in his confusion.

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