Also at Blue Jersey.
In today’s Bergen Record, there is an article about guns and the race here in NJ-5 between Dennis Shulman and Scott Garrett. And in this article (not surprisingly) is a number of thoughts, mischaracterizations and outright misleading comments about Dennis Shulman and his views on gun ownership.
In the press conference announcing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement of Shulman, both of them had a lot to say about guns and gun ownership. Not surprisingly, none of this seems to matter to Garrett as he panders to gun owners’ fears about the "evil lib’rul boogyman who wants to take all of your guns away". And the following comment by a Garrett supporter is quite telling of the fearmongering that Garrett has resorted to:
Gas station owner Bob Guidone of Wantage received his postcard in the mail on Monday, but didn't need any convincing. He's a big Garrett supporter, and says the incumbent understands his constituents.
"Up here, we like our freedom and we do like to hunt," Guidone said. The biggest issue for Guidone is his right to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, and he's suspicious of what Obama's recent pledge to "redistribute the wealth" would mean for a small business owner like himself.
"We work hard and we don't rely on government handouts," he said. "And don't forget that Hitler took all the guns away. That's how he took over Germany."
Yes, Hitler and a rabbi from Northern New Jersey have a LOT in common. Right....
The reality is, Shulman is against a few very sensible things relating to guns – none of which apply to anyone that isn’t, quite frankly, such a fanatic that they are willing to put the safety of children and innocent citizens about their own extreme narrow and uncompromising agenda. And so I will put it very clearly (as both Shulman and Bloomberg said very clearly on numerous occasions):
Dennis Shulman does not want to, nor has he said that he has any interest in "taking guns away" from hunters or gun owners who are not criminals.
What Shulman has said is that he can’t understand why lawful gun owners and hunters either can’t see the difference between (or are being duped by the NRA) child safety locks on guns so that kids don’t accidentally shoot themselves in the head. Or the difference between hunting or collecting guns and loopholes that allow gun dealers who have lost their license to sell guns being able to sell them on the streets – getting them into the hands of criminals who kill innocent bystanders, whether they are teens or soldiers.
It is really that straightforward. Hunters will keep their guns. Anyone who says otherwise is either lying or, well, lying. To make a vote based on false beliefs is a shame and a travesty that someone is either willfully or willingly uninformed when making such a huge decision.
And it is time that gun owners, gun collectors and hunters in NJ-5 know the truth about Dennis Shulman, as well as the misleading information they are getting from Scott Garrett and the NRA.