Dick Codey and Loretta Weinberg line up to abolish the First Amendment in New Jersey

NJ Democrats’ hysteria over 3D printed “ghost guns” has reached Full Fascism. Two of our most powerful state senators are contemplating banning the blueprints and software which could be used to create one. Which kinda goes against that whole “freedom of speech” thing, but hey, Guns Are Scary! And Gurbir Grewal and his myriad of lawsuits might not succeed, because Trump!

But Senate Democrats aren’t willing to chance the outcome, and tell NJ Advance Media they plan to introduce at least two pieces of legislation that would seek to ban guns made from such downloadable files in New Jersey.

“We have to use whatever ability we have prevent this from getting into the wrong hands,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Richard Codey, D-Essex, will re-introduce a bill calling for their outright ban for the general population.

“We need to ban them,” said Codey on Tuesday.

New Jersey already makes it impossible for average citizens to legally own a gun, so I’m not sure what their motives are here. Except there’s this:

But Codey said it’s not yet clear if the legislation would ban the final “printed” product or even the downloaded plans.

The question turns on at what point a 3D gun file becomes an actual firearm: When it’s blueprint file is loaded into the printer, or only after it’s finished printing.

“I don’t know,” said Codey. “We’d want to reach a consensus on that issue.”

Now I’ve met Dick Codey. And to say that our former Acting Governor In Waiting For Life is a pompous blowhard would be an understatement of megalomaniacal proportions. But he’s not stupid and he ought to be familiar with the First Amendment to the US Constitution. It’s pretty clear, you can’t restrict freedom of speech. You can’t stop people from having information. Unless you’re looking to follow in the footsteps of Josef Stalin.

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.”

The Democrats really do want to create The Peoples Republic of New Jersey, where the government decides what we’re allowed to know.

And sadly our state’s newspapers are on board with this blatant act of censorship and prior restraint. The Star-Ledger’s daily bloviating on the evils of 3D printed guns is already over the top. But to endorse outright censorship of information? From the same people who cheered Daniel Ellsberg leaking the Pentagon Papers? Do they know where that sort of tyranny leads?

They don’t want to know. I mentioned it in a comment on one of their pearl-clutching editorials, something along the lines of “I for one await the day when the Trump Administration uses this newfound power to suppress information to order you not to print a story.” Tom Moran and his fellow travelers deleted that one within 5 minutes of it being posted.

The truth hurts.

Or in this case The Ends Justify The Means. Which is why the Founding Fathers wisely instituted the First and Second Amendments in the first place. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Victor Davis Hanson is right, a second American civil war is coming. May God have mercy on our souls.

The Star-Ledger embraces a blood libel

You can always tell when the Star-Ledger Editorial Board is especially proud of one of their screeds. It’s when they don’t link it from the NJ.com home page. The better to avoid adverse commentary, of course.

Their latest blood libel marks another milestone in mendacity. As if that was possible, given their proclivity to miss the forest for the trees. But in this case it’s especially appalling, given that the the circumstances are both tragic and preventable. The facts are simple.

Two-year-old Caroline Sparks was accidentally shot and killed by her brother with a .22-caliber rifle – the “Crickett” – he got for his birthday in November. 

Alas, their conclusion is both facile and abhorrent.

Keystone Sporting Arms of Milton, Pa., sells the Crickett as “My First Rifle.” It’s a child-sized version of an ordinary adult rifle, but it’s also sold in colors – blue for boys, pink for girls. The “Kids Corner” section of the gunmaker’s website features parent testimonials: “Just the right size for my 5- and 7-year-olds.”

Cumberland County, Ky., Coroner Gary White called Caroline’s death “just one of those crazy accidents.” No, it wasn’t.

To call this little girl’s death a “crazy accident” – a stroke of fatally bad luck – is a smokescreen. A company made, marketed and sold this gun deliberately to be fired by young children. It was bought and given to a boy not yet old enough for kindergarten. It was left – loaded – within the child’s reach. The death was accidental. It also was entirely predictable and preventable.

Gun manufacturers have no conscience; that they exploit a kiddie market for guns is further proof. And they’ve claimed their latest victim.

Maybe if we had newspapermen who weren’t such pansies when it comes to guns we wouldn’t have to be subjected to the wanton ravings of the uninformed. Instead we get mental masturbation masquerading as insight, as if the parents of these children bear no responsibility whatsoever.  What idiot leaves a loaded gun lying around?

But there’s the collectivist mindset – responsibility is for chumps, the government is our lord and master, and only laws can instill what used to be called “common sense.”

I wonder how sanguine the Ledger will be when the government starts telling them what they can, and cannot write, for their own good of course. Because the cruft the Star-Ledger puts out poses far more lasting danger to our freedom than a rifle in the hands of a child ever could.