The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to intervene in a case to decide if young adults ages 18 to 20 can own guns. NJ Second Amendment Society President Frank Fiamingo told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that lawmakers should consider the general public when considering gun reform and not exploit grieving parents to try to get laws changed.
Fiamingo said he finds it ironic that the U.S. can send young people to Iraq in the military with weapons, “but we don’t feel that they’re qualified to purchase them and possess them here in the United States.”
Today there was an emotional scene in the Statehouse where Democratic leaders and parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School met to renew efforts to limit the size of an ammunition clip from 15 down to 10. Senate President Steve Sweeney refused to put the bill up for a vote last year, but is supporting it now.
Fiamingo said he agrees that the brutal killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School was tragic. “What concerns me is that whenever the anti-rights coalition of the Democratic Party wants to interfere with the legitimate constitutionally protected rights of firearms owners, they find it necessary to seek tragedies outside of the state,” he said. “Why don’t they consider the murders of the children that occur in our cities on a regular basis of enough significance? It doesn’t make sense to me that they’re not addressing the serious problems of gangs, drug dealers and career criminals right here in our own state. They have to go out and find people from other states in order to further their agenda.”
Fiamingo said that the lawmakers are exploiting the Sandy Hook parents as they did last year when they brought them before the New Jersey Law and Public Safety Committee. “They had no business being there. Certainly we empathize and understand the suffering that they’re going through. However, what does that have to do with the law abiding firearms owners here in New Jersey?” he asked.
Supporters of the ammunition limitation, including Sweeney, say the law wouldn’t impact hunters, but Fiamingo said that’s not the issue. “It’s about our right to protect innocent life,” he said. “So I put it to you that if you are at home and 3 o’clock in the morning, you hear three thugs trying to break into your home, do you want to have a 10-round magazine or a 30-round magazine?”