Where’s Frank Lautenberg and his high capacity magazine ban when you need him?

Gun control doesn’t apply to cops.  Not even cops with active restraining orders.

A Piscataway police sergeant died from from a gunshot wound after he barricaded himself in his home, told police he had hostages, then stepped on his front porch and fired a submachine gun at officers who returned fire, authorities said.

A submachine gun.  And here I thought those were illegal.  What’s Frank Lautenberg and Mike Bloomberg got to say about that?  Is there a “cop loophole” they can rail against?

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Powell, a 22-year veteran of the police department, began exchanging phone calls and text messages with township police who asked him to report to headquarters over a report he violated a restraining order.

Ah yes, phone calls and text messages.  That’s how cops handle non-cops who violate restraining orders, isn’t it?  They treat every citizen with kid gloves, not just their fellow officers, right?

Uh huh.  Sure. 

After nearly an hour of exchanges, Powell, who was off-duty, told officers he refused to come to headquarters and said he was holding hostages.

OK, then they decided to pay him a visit!  Not when he was served with a restraining order.  Nope.  You or me?  They’d seize our guns “for safekeeping” and lock ’em up down at the prosecutors’ office.  But not a brother cop.  He gets to keep his guns.  Even the illegal ones!

At 6:48 p.m., Powell came onto the porch and fired multiple shots from a 9 mm submachine gun, and officers fired back, “concerned for the safety of the public and the safety of the possible hostages,”

As it turns out Mr. Tough Guy wasn’t actually holding any hostages.  Thank God.

Frank Lautenberg was napping and unavailable for comment.  But I’m sure he’s diligently working on linking this shooting to the NRA and as many Tea Party groups as he can fit in his press release.

Incidentally, I posted an abridged version of this as a comment to the NJ.com story.  Some no-load pencil-dick deleted it.  We’re not supposed to criticize cops, not even when they shoot at other cops.  You know what comments are left up?  The ones saying “RIP Officer Powell” as if he was gunned down in the line of duty.  I guess because equating him with real heroes isn’t offensive to the site admins.


Why are there ads for life insurance on Radio Disney?

It just doesn’t seem to make sense.  We did a bit of driving around this weekend, and Sophie insisted on keeping the Sirius tuned to Radio Disney.  Every other ad was for Select Quote, where a grandfatherly-sounding guy extolled the benefits of shopping around for term life insurance.

Now I’m in the life insurance biz.  And I can’t fathom how the Radio Disney demographic fits into any life insurance sales cycle I’ve ever heard of.  The teen and tween set aren’t exactly chomping at the bit to buy insurance.

Maybe the ads are aimed at us parents, who after listening to Radio Disney for hours on end are quite ready to slit our wrists.

Nah, life insurance doesn’t generally pay off for suicide.

Gov. Christie may yank the RGGI out from under NJ

Oh yes, please

Christie said today he was reevaluating New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, also known as RGGI, an agreement among 10 Northeast states to cut carbon emissions.

From Bloomberg:

“The commitment by former one-term Governor Jon Corzine places burdens on businesses that Pennsylvania doesn’t have, Christie said at a town-hall meeting in Nutley today. The governor, a Republican who took office in January 2010, said he will decide within two months whether New Jersey will remain committed to the regional plan. He also said he is developing a new energy master plan for the state.”

Conservatives, led by the group Americans for Prosperity, have been agitating for New Jersey to quit the group, which they say is a backdoor way of implementing President Obama’s cap-and-trade initiative.

Yup, RGGI is Cap and Tax by another name.

You know, a guy who doesn’t want to be president wouldn’t unnecessarily piss off the eco-nuts…

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away

You’d think that if anyone could qualify for a handgun permit it’d be a guy who was kidnapped, beaten, and left for dead.

Nope.  Today a NJ Superior Court judge denied Jeffrey Muller of Frankford his Second Amendment rights.

A Sussex County pet supply store owner, who was the mistaken-identity victim of a kidnapping by five Missouri men, today lost his second attempt to get a permit to carry a handgun.

Superior Court Judge David Ironson, sitting in Morristown, rejected an appeal filed by Jeffrey Muller of Frankford, owner of J&G Pet Foods in Newton, who sought to overturn last year’s decision by another judge in Morristown, Philip Maenza.

Echoing Maenza, Ironson said Muller, 61, failed to provide “proof of justifiable need” to carry a handgun.

“Fear for your life” does not constitute “justifiable need?” 

In the earlier decision, Maenza said there was “no justifiable need” for Muller to carry a handgun, because his kidnappers had been apprehended and “there is no longer a threat of serious bodily harm.”

Except the lead kidnapper is out on bail.  In Missouri, presumably.  But I’m sure the police will do their very best to protect Mr. Muller if these guys decide to take another crack at him. If they’re around.  If Mr. Muller can call 911.  If.

“No justifiable need.”  When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.  In Mr. Muller’s case, seconds count.

You have a better chance of being struck by lightning (twice!) than you have of getting a gun permit in New Jersey.

Meanwhile the criminals seem to have no trouble obtaining all the guns they want.

Maybe Judge Ironson could try doing something about that.  I won’t hold my breath.

Chris Christie: NJ residents are too lazy to pump their own gas

When Chris Christie is wrong on an issue he is spectacularly wrong:

New Jersey motorists won’t have to pump their own gas anytime soon.

Gov. Chris Christie told a caller on Millennium Radio’s “Ask the Governor” program today that he won’t support legislation for self-service gasoline because most residents don’t want it.

If by “most residents” he means “whiny geezers”, then yeah.

Chickenshit NJ State Senate punts on telecom deregulation

Figures.  These politicians have no backbone.  AARP riles up the geezer lobby and next thing you know telecom regulations which were obsolete before Marconi invented Morse Code will remain carved in stone, forever impeding technological innovation in the state that used to be the home of Bell Labs.

Because cheap party lines, subsidized by obscure fees on cell phones, are first and foremost what telecom is all about.  Grandma don’t need no stinkin’ broadband.