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7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Revolutionary War

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This is from Mental Floss.

In Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, Sarah Vowell—author, historian, and public radio darling—explains how a gutsy French teenager named Lafayette became a key player in America’s War of Independence. Along the way, Vowell spills all sorts of incredible history, from the time George Washington saved a British general’s dog to why a New Jersey town is named for a traitor. Her book is full of hilarious, strange, and tragic details. Here are just a few that stuck with us.

1. THERE WAS A SECRET PLOT TO REMOVE WASHINGTON AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.

After humiliating defeats at Brandywine and Germantown in 1777, much of the Continental Congress had lost faith in General Washington’s military abilities. One vocal critic was Founding Father Benjamin Rush, who wrote an anonymous letter to Patrick “Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death” Henry that Washington should be replaced. Rush wanted Horatio Gates or Thomas Conway—two men who’d distinguished themselves in battle—for the job instead.

Conway seemed like an especially good choice, since he had a bone to pick with Washington. After showing bravery at the Battle of Brandywine, the cocky junior officer asked Washington for a promotion. But the general refused, arguing that others needed to be promoted first. Disgruntled, Conway took his complaint to the Continental Congress, where he threatened to resign. The squeaky wheel routine worked; he walked away with a promotion and a new title: Inspector General of the Army. Washington remained unimpressed: “General Conway’s merit … and his importance to this Army, exist more in his own imagination than in reality.” But now that Conway had the backing of the Continental Congress, he decided to take aim at Washington. The new Inspector General wrote to Horatio Gates, also a general, urging him to take a run at the top job.

When Washington caught word of the letter, he confronted Conway and Gates, both of whom backed down quickly. Lafayette was one of the few revolutionaries that stood by Washington during the conspiracy, and the young Frenchman branded Conway as “an ambitious and dangerous man.” But the plot—if it really was one—fizzled quickly. While there were surely plenty of whispers, just how big the conspiracy against Washington truly was is difficult to tell. Vowell points out, “some of the conspirators covered their tracks later on, after George Washington became George Washington.”

General Gates, who’d built his reputation on winning at Saratoga, was soon tarnished by a major defeat at the Battle of Camden in South Carolina. Conway resigned from the Continental Army in April 1778, but continued to badmouth the Commander-in-Chief until the upstart was shot in the face in a duel. His opponent, a Washington admirer, noted: “I have stopped the damned rascal’s lying tongue at any rate.” Conway survived, and died in exile in France in 1800—but not before he’d written Washington a note of apology for the whole affair.

2. WASHINGTON RETURNED BRITISH GENERAL WILLIAM HOWE’S DOG TO HIM AFTER A BATTLE.

After a Patriot defeat at the Battle of Brandywine, Washington hoped to turn the tide with a nighttime assault on British troops—but it didn’t work. The Battle of Germantown was another disaster: 150 of Washington’s men were killed, 500 wounded, and 400 taken prisoner.

But Washington didn’t lose his sense of good manners with the battle. After the fight, a fox terrier with British General William Howe’s name on its tag showed up in the Patriots’ camp. In keeping with the etiquette of the times, Washington promptly returned the pup to the commander with a note (likely written by Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s aide-de-camp at the time):

To General William Howe

[Perkiomen, Pa.] Octr 6. 1777

General Washington’s compliments to General Howe. He does himself the pleasure to return [to] him a dog, which accidentally fell into his hands, and by the inscription on the collar appears to belong to General Howe.

3. FORT LEE, NEW JERSEY, WAS NAMED FOR A TURNCOAT GENERAL.

Now famous for its closed lanes and political intrigue, Fort Lee, New Jersey, is also intriguing for its name, which it owes to a surprisingly devious figure: Charles Lee, a general in the Continental Army.

The English-born Lee fought in the Seven Years War, worked as aide de camp for the King of Poland, and was even married to a Mohawk woman. (His Mohawk name was “Boiling Water,” a reference to his hot temper.) After he failed to obtain a commission in the British military, Lee settled in America in 1773, and volunteered for service in the Continental Army when the fighting broke out.

Though he had far more military experience, Lee was passed over for Commander-in-Chief in favor of Washington. Perhaps in an attempt to soothe Lee’s ego, Washington had Fort Lee named after him in 1776. Soon after, though, Lee was captured by the British at a tavern in New Jersey, a few miles from his troops.

While in British custody, Lee committed treason, advising William Howe on the best way to seize Philadelphia. After a prisoner swap in May 1778, Lee was back with the Continental Army, but he didn’t last long: At the Battle of Monmouth in June, after a single volley of fire with the British, Lee ordered his men to retreat from the field, much to Washington’s fury. Washington chewed him out publicly, and Lee was court-martialed in July; by 1780, Lee had been dismissed from the army.

As Vowell points out, name swaps were common during the shifting moments of the war: “Fort [Benedict] Arnold became Fort Clinton and then West Point,” so it’s a strange oversight that Fort Lee is still Fort Lee. But it turns out Fort Lee isn’t the only vestige of Charles Lee’s legacy: Lee, Massachusetts, Lee, New Hampshire, and Leetown, West Virginia are all named after him. Of course, perhaps some of that can be forgiven since Lee’s treason was only discovered in 1857, when William Howe’s papers were made public.

4. HENRY KNOX, AMERICA’S FIRST SECRETARY OF WAR, DID MOST OF HIS TRAINING IN A BOOKSTORE.

Henry Knox’s family was in the shipping business. But when the Boston-based firm closed shop in 1759, he needed to look for new work—so he became an apprentice at the bookstore Wharton & Bowes. By 1771, he’d saved up his money to open up his own shop, The London Book Store.

Knox took to bookselling, and The London was quite a success. He also took to revolution: After witnessing the Boston Massacre in 1770, Knox used his free time to read up on warcraft. He studied books on military tactics and fortification construction, taught himself math to learn how to better target artillery, and he even quizzed soldiers who visited his shop to learn more about war. By 1772, he’d joined a local militia, the Boston Grenadiers.

Following the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts, including the Boston Port Act, which sealed the harbor off from trade. Cut off from his book shipments, Knox’s financial situation grew dire. As fighting broke out in Lexington and Concord, Knox and his wife snuck across the river to Cambridge to join up with revolutionary forces. Oddly enough, it didn’t take long for Knox to catch the eye of George Washington, who was impressed with Knox’s homemade fortifications. Very soon, Knox was appointed Chief Artillery Officer.

Knox’s book smarts were instrumental to the Patriot troops throughout the war, from moving artillery in the dead of winter, to aiding in the final victory at Yorktown leading to his appointment as the first-ever Secretary of War for the new nation.

5. GEORGE WASHINGTON HOLDS THE KEYS TO THE BASTILLE.

Once the fighting had ended in America, Lafayette returned to France. There, the young commander found his homeland in the middle of a revolution. In 1789, Lafayette witnessed the storming of the notorious Bastille prison and subsequently became the leader of the newly-formed Paris National Guard, which oversaw the prison, among other things. The group was given the main key to the Bastille, and Lafayette decided to regift it to Washington. But he had to get it to him first.

The key, along with a drawing of the Bastille being demolished, was handed off to Common Sense author Thomas Paine. Paine, however, was unable to make the full trip to America, so he handed the key over to South Carolina Representative John Rutledge, Jr., adding his own gift of some cast steel razors into the box for Washington. After exhibitions in New York and Philadelphia, the key ended up in Washington’s house at Mount Vernon, where Lafayette saw it again in his visit to America in 1824.

6. FUTURE FIRST LADY ELIZABETH MONROE RESCUED LAFAYETTE’S WIFE DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION’S REIGN OF TERROR.

As head of the Paris National Guard, one of Lafayette’s charges was to safeguard the Royal family (from 1791 to 1792, France was officially a constitutional monarchy). But in 1792, the radical wing of the revolution took over, the king was dethroned, and even the brilliant Marquis de Lafayette could no longer pull off being both a revolutionary and a nobleman. Facing imprisonment and likely execution as an enemy of the state, Lafayette fled France in 1792. He had hoped to catch a boat to America from a Dutch port city, but he was caught by Austrian troops who controlled the Netherlands first.

While he was lying in an Austrian prison, Lafayette’s wife, Adrienne, was placed under house arrest along with his daughter. They were then moved to a prison. They were the lucky ones in the family: Adrienne’s mother, grandmother, and sister were all executed during the Committee of Public Safety’s Reign of Terror. But in 1794, at the height of the Terror, James Monroe became the new nation’s Minister to France. Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth, were intent on insuring Adrienne’s safety. The couple knew they had to tread carefully.

To draw attention to Adrienne’s plight, they bought a carriage, and Elizabeth rode it to the prison Adrienne was held in. She attracted a crowd along the way, curious to see who she was visiting. When Elizabeth arrived at the prison, she embraced Adrienne in public, who was obviously relieved the carriage was not there to take her to her execution.

The crowd’s emotional response helped convince the Committee of Public Safety to grant Adrienne’s freedom, and she and her daughter traveled to Austria to be with Lafayette.

7. LAFAYETTE COULD SEE THE FUTURE.

In the fall of 1824, Lafayette decided to visit his American friends again—his first return trip since his revolutionary days. On New Year’s Day in 1825, Congress feted Lafayette at a dinner held in his honor. At the event, Lafayette returned the kind words and gestures with a toast: “The perpetual union of the United States: It has always saved us in time of storm; one day it will save the World.”

Vowell gave Lafayette’s prophecy a mixed review: “Whether or not the United States has saved the world, it did save France a time or two.”

But nearly a century after Lafayette toasted the power of the nation he helped to birth, Charles E. Stanton—nephew of Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton—took the Frenchman’s vision seriously. When Stanton arrived in France as an aide to General Pershing during World War I, he went to Lafayette’s grave and said:  “Lafayette, we are here.”

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‘Beware of New Jersey’: 72-Year-Old Man Facing 10 Years in Prison Over a Gun — but Not Just Any Gun

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This is from The Blaze.

I have heard it said the only thing good to ever come out of New Jersey is the interstate highways leaving the state.

How many flintlocks get used in drive by shootings in New Jersey?

Does the Amish come to New Jersey from Pennsylvania and use flintlocks for drive by shootings?

 

He had an unloaded antique 300-year-old flintlock pistol in his glove compartment, and he told a sheriff’s deputy about it.

That was his undoing.

Gordon van Gilder admits he may have run afoul of the law — but, “as a wise man once said, if that’s the law, the law is an ass.”

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Gordon van Gilder (Image source: YouTube)

The retired teacher is facing a possible 10 years in prison — and the jeopardization of his pension — all because New Jersey state law classifies antique firearms the same way it classifies regular guns, meaning the state views van Gilder’s possession of an antique on par with him possessing a .44 Magnum.

The day after van Gilder told a deputy during a routine traffic stop about his antique gun, four law enforcement officers showed up at his house to arrest him.

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Van Gilder said he’s fighting the felony gun possession charges, but the whole experience has soured his impression of the Garden State.

“Beware of New Jersey,” he told the National Rifle Association. “Don’t come here. Don’t live here.”

Watch van Gilder’s story below:

 

 

Stutzman to Introduce GOA-Backed National Reciprocity Bill for Concealed Carry

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This is from AmmoLand.

Sadly, this bill would not have a snowballs chance of being signed by Obama.

I do not see the votes to override Obama’s veto.

 

Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- It’s a problem as fresh as today’s headlines.

A Pennsylvania woman with a concealed carry license drives over the New Jersey line with a gun in her car.

In a routine traffic stop, she is arrested and charged for violating New Jersey’s unconstitutional gun laws. Only a national campaign saves her from a decade in prison.

And that’s just the point: In an era where states like New York, New Jersey and California use draconian and labyrinthine gun laws in order to try to outlaw guns by fiat, a legal gun owner shouldn’t risk a life behind bars because he or she drives across a state line into a socialist-leaning state.

A Floridian shouldn’t live in fear of a move that takes him through New York, or a Virginian, of a trip through Maryland.

So it is good news that, after a campaign that has lasted for over a decade, we are now within striking range of passing reciprocity legislation that is friendly to citizens living in constitutional carry states.

Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) has told Gun Owners of America that he will be introducing this reciprocity bill within the next few weeks. This bill will prohibit states like New York, New Jersey and California from cancelling the Second Amendment rights of Americans from other states.

Marlin Stutzman
Marlin Stutzman

If you have a concealed carry permit – or if you come from a freedom-loving state that doesn’t require one – you can carry anywhere in the country without fear of losing your constitutional rights because of where you are.

With six constitutional carry states –– and at least four other states which may pass those laws this year – the Stutzman bill is a particularly important contrast to competing bills which would require states like Vermont to change their pro-gun laws in order to benefit.

Now, we know that some of our members would argue: “Why shouldn’t principles of federalism allow states to spit on the Second Amendment if they want to?” We respect this view, but respectfully disagree. Gun grabbers have no problem creating national rules to take away our Second Amendment rights, irrespective of what we do. So it’s time they were hoisted on their own petard.

In addition, the Supreme Court (correctly) ruled in McDonald v. Chicago (2010) that the reach of the Second Amendment extends beyond just the federal government and applies to all 50 states.

In this landmark decision, the Court noted (approvingly) that anti-gun Justice Stephen Breyer was “correct that incorporation of the Second Amendment right will to some extent limit the legislative freedom of the States, but this is always true when a Bill of Rights provision is incorporated.”(p. 44)

Why are we so optimistic about Stutzman? The answer is that we now have a filibuster-proof majority to pass it in the Senate — if we can get the new GOP leadership to give us the opportunity to offer it as an amendment to a must-pass bill.

ACTION: Contact your Representative. Ask him or her to call Congressman Stutzman and sign up as an original cosponsor to the Stutzman “constitutional carry” friendly reciprocity bill.

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New Jersey Considers Mandatory Gun “Buybacks”

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This is from Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership.

The tree of Liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.Thomas Jefferson
3rd president of US (1743 – 1826)

 

By Kurt Hofmann, October 1st, 2014
JPFO writer contributor, © 2014.

 

John F. McKeon

Assemblyman John F. McKeon, of the New Jersey state legislature, has recently submitted an op-ed to every New Jersey newspaper willing to publish it, hoping to drum up support for his bill, A 2895, which would requirethe state’s attorney general to administer nine gun “buybacks” per year, throughout the state. He explains the rationale in his op-ed in NJ.com.

McKeon laments the high rate of “gun violence” in the U.S., and then blithely explains the reason for it: “It is incontrovertible that the reason is the sheer number of guns.” So “incontrovertible,” in fact, that there is apparently not even a need to present any backing evidence.

Since the “problem” is “the sheer number of guns,” his “solution,” of course, is anything to reduce that number.

One piece of the solution does not in any way [sic] Second Amendment rights. We know from experience that amnesty — the return of illegal guns and buyback programs — is effective [um . . . no, “we” don’t] at taking thousands of weapons off our streets. In the period between December 2012 and April 2013, State officials and local authorities collected a record 9,000 firearms, including rocket launchers [almost certainly inert empty tubes, about as dangerous as a few feet of PVC pipe], assault weapons, and submachine guns [color me skeptical].

Keep in mind that although these events are called gun “buybacks,” nothing is being bought back–guns are not returning to their original, rightful owners. No, the taxpayers are being forced to pay for guns nine times per year–only for those guns to be destroyed. Granted, the bill says that the program will be financed by asset forfeitures, but whatever forfeiture money goes to buying junk guns is money that won’tbe available for other state programs, which thus will be put on the backs of taxpayers.

The word “mandatory,” in the context of gun buybacks, has more sinister overtones yet, conjuring the specter not of a mandate that the attorney general hold buybacks, but that gun owners participate in them. And actually, JPFO contributor David Codrea reports that the editorial board of at least one New Jersey newspaper has expressed a wish for precisely that.

If “buyback” is a misnomer for voluntary surrender of one’s guns for cash or gift cards, it’s an even more grotesque distortion of reality when the transaction is mandated. There can not be a “buy,” after all, if no one is making a sale, and a “sale” which the rightful owner is required to make, forced by the (armed) power of the state, is no sale at all–it’s armed robbery, even if the bandit generously gives his victim a few dollars for his trouble.

A comment left in response Mr. Codrea’s article, by an individual who has given himself the charming handle of “WhiteslovetheKKK,” tells us not even to count on the few dollars:

You republiKKKons should be happy we are even going to offer to buy them back. I like most real Americans hope there is no compensation and those who refuse should be put in prison and if they fight back, killed.

As sick as that is, it is not just some unhinged hatemonger’s idle fantasy–The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly the Legal Community Against Violence) has laid out what it claims is the Constitutional justification for gun confiscation–without compensation:

Laws banning dangerous guns—such as assault weapons—and large capacity ammunition magazines are not takings and do not require compensation. The Supreme Court and lower courts have long made a distinction between takings of property for public usage, which are takings, and legitimate exercises of state police power that result in a ban or limitation on property that is a threat to public safety or health, which are not takings.

Keep in mind also that the Obama administration’s National Institute of Justice has concluded that the only way for bans of “assault weapons,” and “high capacity magazines,” to be effective is in conjunction with mandatory buybacks.

One little discussed aspect of gun buybacks is that they probably bolster “crime gun” statistics used to frighten the public into accepting more draconian gun laws. As a retired police commander told JPFO, most so-called “crime guns” have had nothing to do with crime. In fact the “crime gun” gun label is applied to every gun that enters “police custody,” even momentarily. Guess who administers these “buybacks.” Yep, that’s hundreds, sometimes thousands of guns entering “police custody” at every “buyback“–scores of thousands per year. They then become “crime guns,” and thus help justify laws that make it more difficult for decent citizens to acquire life and liberty preserving firepower.

If the government wants to “buy” your guns, tell them the price not in dollars, but in blood–and make it higher than they can afford.

A former paratrooper, Kurt Hofmann was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002. The helplessness inherent to confinement to a wheelchair prompted him to explore armed self-defense, only to discover that Illinois denies that right, inspiring him to become active in gun rights advocacy. He also writes the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner column. Kurt Hofmann Archive.

No jail time for Philly mom facing gun charges in NJ

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This from Guns.com.

The prosecutor was willing to railroad this woman into prison.  

He was willing to look the other way for a fiancée/wife beater that played for the NFL because the prosecutor is a holophobe.

 

Shaneen Allen, the Philadelphia mom facing gun charges after unintentionally breaking the law by carrying her legally-owned handgun into New Jersey last year, will not be required to serve prison time, Atlantic County prosecutor Jim McClain announced Wednesday.

Allen, who had been robbed twice within a year before obtaining her concealed carry permit and purchasing a Bersa Thunder .380, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hollow-point bullets after telling an officer during a routine traffic stop that she had the gun tucked away inside her purse. Allen wasn’t aware that her Pennsylvania-issued concealed carry permit was not valid in the state of New Jersey and she was facing a mandatory three to 10 years in prison for the felony charges.

The prosecutor and judge handling the case received massive backlash after refusing to go easy on the single mother of two and forego jail time by allowing her to enter the state’s pretrial intervention program. Assistant prosecutor Deborah Hay said they were going to use Allen, whose trial was set to begin next month, as a type of example to deter others from this sort of activity in the future.

However, after several months of criticism, McClain finally agreed to review Allen’s case.

“In applying the factors set out in the clarification, I determined that the defendant in this case should be offered the opportunity to be admitted into the Atlantic County PTI Program and I have communicated that determination to the Court and to defense council,” McClain said in a statement.

The decision was no doubt considered a win by Allen, those who support her, as well as others involved in similar cases in the state, which McClain admitted he would be reviewing.

McClain’s announcement came just one day after the NRA released a video calling Allen a “Crusader of Change.”

 

State of New Jersey Threatens to Take Teen from His Family for… Um… TWIRLING A PENCIL IN CLASS [VIDEO]

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This is from The Daily Caller.

This is beyond my ability to comprehend.

The nanny state is running wild in New Jersey.

 

It’s no longer enough to suspend kids from school for behaving like kids have always behaved in school. Now it has escalated.

WPIX:

 

If you don’t agree to submit your child to a psych eval for twirling a damn pencil, that’s child abuse. Say goodbye to him.

This is Big Government in a nutshell: People you’ve never met making huge decisions about your life for reasons you can’t comprehend. And nobody is accountable.

None of this crap is about keeping children safe. Ethan Chaplin wasn’t hurting anybody, and there’s no indication he ever would. No, this is about power. If you don’t submit to it, you will pay. One way or another.

We can’t have the serfs forgetting who’s in charge, can we?

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/12/state-of-new-jersey-threatens-to-take-teen-from-his-family-for-um-twirling-a-pencil-in-class/#ixzz34dHYU1Xk

MILLER: New Jersey bill is outright gun ban on .22-caliber rifles and leads to confiscation

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This is from The Washington Times.

These Progressive Communist States are setting the stage for a Second American Revolution or maybe a Second Civil War.

How many Waco’s will happen in Connecticut  or New Jersey  before the residents stand up and say Enough?

Will Chris Crispy Creme Christie go along with this ban to cover his considerably large backside? 

 

Gov. Chris Christie’s state is ground zero for gun control legislation this year.

New Jersey has become ground zero this year for legislative battles over gun control.

The Brady Campaign ranked the state third in the nation for most restrictive firearms laws, yet anti-gun Democrats who control the legislature are determined to go all the way to gun bans and confiscation.

 

The New Jersey Assembly’s Law and Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday (postponed for snow) about a bill that reduces the maximum magazine capacity from 15 to 10.

Since the legislation covers both detachable and fixed magazines, it has the effect of to banning popular, low-caliber rifles.

The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs gave the draft legislation to top firearms experts in the country to determine what guns would fall under the expanded ban.

They discovered that the bill would affect tube-fed, semi-automatic rifles because the magazine cannot be separated from the gun.

Thus, the experts found that at least 43 common rifles would suddenly be considered a prohibited “assault firearm,” such as the .22 caliber Marlin Model 60, Remington Nylon 66 and Winchester 190.

Just having one such gun would turn a law-abiding owner into a felon overnight.

Possession of an “assault firearm” is a second-degree crime in New Jersey. The penalty is up to 10 years in jail and a mandatory minimum sentence of three to five years, with no chance of parole.

“This bill is a gun ban, there’s no question about that,” Scott Bach, the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, told me in an interview.

“If it becomes law, it would have zero impact on crime because criminals don’t follow bans. It would only affect legal gun owners by essentially tying their hands when they need to defend their lives.”

Even worse, the bill has no grandfather clause and no amnesty period. So as soon as this legislation becomes law, everyone in possession of these rifles is automatically a felon and the guns are subject to seizure by the government.

Remember just last May, these same legislators were caught on a hot microphone saying, “We needed a bill that was going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate.”

Mr. Bach said, “For years anti-gun Democrats have claimed that they have no agenda to ban and confiscate guns. But last year their true agenda was revealed on that hot mic. This bill is another step in that process.”

The timing of this drastic legislation is not by accident. New Jersey Democrats are determined to make Gov. Chris Christie squirm. Their objective is to make the potential Republican presidential candidate choose between local emotional pleas and national pro-gun voters.

State Senate President Steve Sweeney has had families of Newtown, Conn., school shooting at public events over the past few weeks to encourage passage.

It’s most likely that this radical bill will pass the Assembly and the Senate in the next few months. So, Mr. Christie’s veto power is the only thing that can stop the outright attack on gun owners and the Second Amendment.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/28/new-jersey-bill-is-outright-gun-ban-on-22-caliber-/#ixzz2uweOiMcf
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BB gun control: In New Jersey, kids’ rite of passage could mean felony

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This is from Fox News.

More liberal ignorance from the land of RINO

Chris Krispy Cream Christie.

What would George Washington say about his beloved Virginia?

 

Not only could you “shoot your eye out, kid,” you might also go to jail for owning that BB gun in certain states.

New Jersey and other jurisdictions make little or no distinction between Daisy‘s classic Red Ryder BB gun immortalized in the film “A Christmas Story,” and real guns. They must be registered and are subject to the same laws as any firearms.

“In all honesty, kids who are charged are looking at mandatory jail time,” said New Jersey attorney William Proetta, adding that under the state’s Graves Act, a conviction could lead to prison time. “The only defense is to request a waiver but if that’s not granted, young kids can get a felony charge and their lives are basically over.”

Virginia, which treats the rite-of-passage toys as firearms if they are used during criminal conduct, and other municipalities also heavily regulate BB guns. But New Jersey goes the farthest, according to Proetta.

New Jersey’s strict Graves Act gun law covers possession of a BB gun right alongside serious gun control measures outlawing sawed-off shotguns, filing serial numbers off of guns or using firearms to commit crimes. Violating the act can bring a minimum three-year prison term and steep fines.

And the law is enforced. As recently as October, a man was arrested in New Jersey for shooting an airsoft gun at a rubber duck for target practice, in his own yard. Idyriss Thomas, 22, was arrested in Glassboro, N.J., after police responded to multiple 911 calls from neighbors who reported seeing a man with a gun. Once police determined the gun was unlicensed, Thomas was taken to jail and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. His family posted a $2,500 bond.

“I didn’t realize that what I had in my hand would cause the events that happened today,” Thomas told Philadelphia’s WPVI. “I had the airsoft gun in my hand, playing with it, taking shots at a rubber ducky – not harming anybody.”

Proetta said that depending which county in New Jersey a hearing is held in, a judge will issue a waiver on the Graves Act, or allow charges to be downgraded. But they don’t have to.

“Courts will work closely on each case,” Proetta said. “But in a few counties like you could face some serious charges.”

A spokesperson for Rogers, Ark.,-based Daisy, told FoxNews.com that while the company disagrees with BB gun regulations like that seen in New Jersey, the company makes every effort to uphold the law.

“In our opinion and the federal government’s, our products are not firearms as there is no combustion in the chamber,” Daisy spokesman Joe Murfin said. “While we disagree, we respect a state’s law for whatever reason they may have one.”

Cop Gets $2,000,000 Disability After Stapling His Finger

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Hat Tip To A Conservative Edge.

This why New Jersey is so screwed up.

This man needs to be tried for fraud and fired.

Then whomever approved his disability claim should lose

their job and be prosecuted for fraud.

Cop Gets $2,000,000 Disability After Stapling His Finger | American Overlook.

A cop in NJ had applied for his disability pension in 2008 after he had an accident where he stapled his own finger on his non-shooting hand.

Doctors said he was permanently damaged and completely disabled. They made this claim saying he would have trouble handling his weapon and performing his other job duties.

And how did he injure himself? He says he was trying to staple a paper cutout to some cardboard for target practice.

Well this cop is under extreme scrutiny as video has surfaced of him using a sniper rifle at a shooting range. When he was contacted at his home the cop said “I can obviously step out and look at it as someone else would look at it, and it absolutely looks ridiculous,”

According to NJ Watchdog, if this cop lives to 80 years-old he will have earned $2,000,000 from his disability payments.

After the video of him shooting the rifle surfaced, John Sierchio, who serves on the pension board said he will have the cops case reviewed.

The cop claims that it’s the State’s fault he is on disability because they wouldn’t transfer him to a different position that was less physically demanding. He also claims he was using his non-injured hand in the video of him at the shooting range.

What do you think? Should he lose his disability payments?

Potentially Fatal ‘Knockout’ Game Targeting Strangers May be Spreading to D.C.

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This is from CBS Washington, D.C.

Most of these feral Sons of Obama animals strike in

packs and where Second Amendment Rights are restricted.

Colt, Glock etc. make a stopper for these feral animals.

CBS doe doesn’t mention the race of these feral animals.

But the video shows the are black.

 

WASHINGTON – A terrifying new ‘game’ that’s already caused deaths in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey is sweeping the nation, and it preys upon unsuspecting people walking the streets, anywhere.

A recent report from New York-based CBS 2 shed light on the growing trend, displaying unsettling footage of teens participating in this game – which goes by the name ‘Knockout’ – and involves randomly targeting passersby, with the ultimate goal being to knock them out with one punch as they walk by.

One victim shown in the footage was 46-year-old Ralph Santiago of Hoboken, N.J., who was found dead with his neck broken and head lodged between iron fence posts, according to NJ.com.

Video surveillance shows Santiago walking in an alleyway in broad daylight, and just as he’s about to pass a pack of teenagers, one launches the fatal, knockout blow.

And what’s the point?

“For the fun of it,” one teen said in the video.

“They just want to see if you got enough strength to knock somebody out,” said another.

D.C. has not been spared of this violent trend.

One local woman, who was attacked on 14thStreet NW in Columbia Heights on Thursday, tells DCist.com she believes to have been a target of this game, as a group of around eight males on bikes came up behind her, with one hitting her in the head. According to the report, police categorized the attack as “simple assault.”

The woman tells the publication she believes others in the area should be on the lookout for similar types of attacks.

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