Sunday, August 2, 2015

Too soon to talk about gun laws, Christie says

Gov. Christie accused unnamed politicians this morning of inappropriately "grandstanding" for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shootings over the weekend at a Colorado movie theater.

Too soon to talk about gun laws, Christie says

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Gov. Christie accused unnamed politicians this morning of inappropriately "grandstanding" for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shootings over the weekend at a Colorado movie theater.

"I'm not going to get into the gun control discussion while these people are waiting to get buried," Christie said after being asked about the incident three times in a morning news conference. "It might not offend you or bother you, but it offends me and bothers me."

Christie did offer a brief opinion: He said he agrees with the stance of President Obama, who has called for enforcing existing gun laws instead of proposing new gun control legislation

But Christie added that he was "disturbed" by politicians' recent comments on gun laws. He didn't mention names, but yesterday New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hammered Obama and Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney for not talking about the need to control the pervasiveness of guns in America.

In addition, Christie nemesis Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) and up-for-reelection Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J) have renewed their calls for stronger gun laws in recent days.

One reporter pushed Christie on why it's not relevant to talk about gun control in the wake of a gun-related massacre.

"People were just killed over the weekend," Christie said. "Can we take a deep breath before the politicians start sending out press releases? Can we allow the people to be mourned appropriately by their families?....There's plenty of time to talk about those issues in a time that's less heated and less emotional."

 

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