Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined local and federal officials yesterday at a Newark rally pushing for new gun legislation, calling it “ridiculous” that someone who can’t fly on a plane can buy an assault rifle.
“I felt it was really important to be here today to support Sen. Menendez, Sen. Booker, Congressman Sires, Congressman Payne, the activists … we are really one. One with Orlando,” Zimmer said when asked why she felt is was important to attend the event, especially since gun violence is not a major issue in Hoboken.
“What happened in Orlando could happen anywhere. It could happen in Hoboken. It could happen in any community, in any neighborhood across our country and we need common sense gun reform laws.”
Zimmer further stated that she was “very, very proud” federal legislators are following up on the vigils by forcing votes on gun control, also urging residents to advise friends and family – including those out of state – to contact their Senators on this issue.
The Hoboken mayor’s remarks coincidentally came just hours before it was revealed that a 19-year-old who allegedly plotted to assassinate presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used to live in Hoboken.
When questioned what she thought about a robocall by the NRA that said at least some of the new legislation would potentially infringe on the Second Amendment, Zimmer followed the lead set by Menendez and Sires in brushing off the notion.
“I did not receive that call, but it’s absolutely not [an infringement on the Second Amendment], it’s not. We’re just making sure … if you can’t get on a plane, you shouldn’t be able to buy an assault rifle. I mean, when you’re going out hunting, you’re not using an assault rifle to shoot a deer: give me a break,” Zimmer exclaimed.
“It’s ridiculous. So it’s absolutely not an attack on the Second Amendment, it’s just about making sure our communities are safe across the country.”
Only Hudson County View reported over the weekend that Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop voiced his support for “common sense gun reforms,” including an audio file of the NRA robocall that has been made to multiple New Jersey residents.
Despite the best efforts of Menendez, Booker, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others, the gun reform laws failed to pass last night (h/t CNN).
“I am incredibly angry that Republicans have once again caved to the demands of the NRA rather than listen to the demands of the American people,” Menendez said in a statement last night.
“Just five hours ago, Senator Booker and I stood with hundreds of New Jerseyans in downtown Newark to raise our voices in solidarity, demand action on commonsense gun safety measures and call on every member of Congress to stand up and put an end to the violence and carnage in our country — now.”
The senior Senator further stated that “ultimately, the gun lobby will not win.”
In a scathing statement, NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris Cox called said the Senate witnessed an “embarrassing display” by Democratic allies of President Barack Obama.
“Today, the American people witnessed an embarrassing display in the United States Senate. President Obama and his allies proved they are more interested in playing politics than addressing their failure to keep Americans safe from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.”
“We all agree that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms. We should all agree that law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a secret government list should not be denied their constitutional right to due process. These are not mutually exclusive ideas,” he said.
“It is shocking that the safety of the American people is taking a backseat to political theatre. We thank the majority of the senators for rejecting the gun control proposals of Senators Feinstein and Murphy. We applaud Senators Cornyn and Grassley for securing majorities for their common-sense proposals.”
In case you missed it, the NRA robocall can be heard below.