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Chris Christie: NRA Ad ‘Reprehensible’

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn’t mincing words when it comes to his opinion of the NRA’s new ad focusing on the President’s children:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted the National Rifle Association for an ad that pointed out President Barack Obama’s daughters have armed protection, calling it “reprehensible” and saying elected officials’ kids should be off-limits.

“I think any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe,” he said during a news conference at which he announced a task force on guns and mental health.

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“I’m a father who is a public figure, who has four children and my children had no choice realistically in what I decided to do with my career and what effect that has had on their lives,” Christie said, according to a NorthJersey.com blog post.

“Don’t be dragging people’s children into this,” he said. “It’s wrong and I think it demeans them and it makes them less of a valid trusted source of information on the real issues that confront this debate.”

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  1. JKB says:

    Christie is a real moron when it comes to his public statements on the gun control issue. I say public statements because the his proposed changed in NJ aren’t that terrible, for NJ. But he lost his senses when he decided the NRA’s suggestion of guards in schools was terrible because killers might use a side door. Joe Biden said the suggestions for gun control needed to be looked at from reasonable possibilities and Obama argues, wrongly, if they save “just one life.” You know your off the wall when Joe Biden is more reasonable than you. Now we get this, no to terrible until you juxtapose it up against Obama using kids in his gun control announcement. In any case, the ad didn’t go after Obama’s kids, it went after the hypocrisy of opposing armed security in schools while sending his own kids that had armed security (outside of the Secret Service detail).

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  2. Ed in NJ says:

    @JKB:

    Typical right wing rant, ignoring the substance of the post.

    Christie has an election to win in a purple state that just overwhelmingly voted to re-elect Obama. So he will be spending the next 10 months undercutting most of the right wing insanity in order to pander to the left.

    The beauty of it is that when all is said and done, Christie will most likely eliminate himself from Presidential contention.

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  3. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @JKB:

    In any case, the ad didn’t go after Obama’s kids, it went after the hypocrisy of opposing armed security in schools while sending his own kids that had armed security (outside of the Secret Service detail).

    Sidwell Friends School is a *Quaker* school. Quakers are all about nonviolence. Their security personnel do not carry guns. The advertisement blatantly lied, and is an insult to the Quaker faith tradition. If you have even the smallest shred of personal integrity, you’ll stop spreading this lie and starting correcting it when you see it.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/18/no-sidwell-friends-school-has-no-armed-guards/

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  4. C. Clavin says:

    @ JKB…
    According to Ellis Turner, associate head of Sidwell Friends, Sidwell Friends security officers do not carry guns.
    Guards, yes. Armed, no.
    Once again, it seems, you are full of shit.
    As is the NRA.
    It is hard to have an intelligent, productive conversation when one side of the table is just flat out stupid.

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  5. mantis says:

    @JKB:

    In any case, the ad didn’t go after Obama’s kids

    Yes, it did.

    In fact, I believe the NRA is actively trying to get its members to attempt assassination of the president and his family. Dimwitted lunatics like JKB are prime targets for their suggestive propaganda.

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  6. C. Clavin says:

    RE: JKB, Tsar, Jenos, etc.
    At least Jan had the good sense to go back to whence she came.

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  7. JKB says:

    @mantis: I believe the NRA is actively trying to get its members to attempt assassination of the president and his family.

    Well, that just shows your ignorance. Lawful gun owners and those with carry permits in particular are far more law abiding and less violent than the populace in general. If you are looking for criminals in the gun control debate, look into Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors against illegal guns. Lots of felons in that group. New members indicted regularly.

    Or just try Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, gun control capital of the US, who reportedly physically assaulted a reporter and is known for going after people in the men’s shower of gyms. One might surmise that that the gun controllers have anger issues and therefore don’t feel they should have access to firearms. But can’t see rational adults in society don’t have these issues.

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  8. C. Clavin says:

    JKB…
    I’m waiting for you to ackowledge you are wrong about the NRA ad.
    Otherwise STFU

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  9. TheColourfieldb says:

    @JKB:

    Typical JKB

    Ignore the info on Sidwell correcting this crap

    “In any case, the ad didn’t go after Obama’s kids, it went after the hypocrisy of opposing armed security in schools while sending his own kids that had armed security”

    It once again demonstrates he will believe any right wingnuttery nonsense and ignores and deflects instead

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  10. mantis says:

    @JKB:

    Lawful gun owners and those with carry permits in particular are far more law abiding and less violent than the populace in general.

    No doubt this “fact” comes from the same source as your information that Sidwell employs guards armed with firearms. In other words, straight from your ass.

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  11. C. Clavin says:

    @ Mantis, Colourfield…
    Will that fact that he/she had bad information about Sidwell Friends and the NRA cause him/her to reconsider his/her opinion???
    Of course not. That takes intelligence, insight, and self-awareness. It takes a certain level of humility. But most of all…those who suffer from the Dunning-Kruger Effect find it impossible…by definition.

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  12. Rafer Janders says:

    @JKB:

    In any case, the ad didn’t go after Obama’s kids, it went after the hypocrisy of opposing armed security in schools while sending his own kids that had armed security (outside of the Secret Service detail).

    As usual, JKB doesn’t know what he’s taking about. Sidwell Friends does not have armed security. It is a Quaker school. The only armed security are the Secret Service and local DC police.

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  13. Rafer Janders says:

    Ah, sorry, just saw that Gromitt made this point before I did.

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  14. anjin-San says:

    JKB is happily repeating a blatent right wing lie? I know I am shocked.

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  15. JKB says:

    @Rafer Janders:

    Well, how damaged are those one-percenter kids of the DC elite being around all those guns day in and day out? They must have PTSD?

    BTW, a few years back I was in DC for some meetings. I’ve never seen a city with so many firearms on display. Every guard on a parking garage was carrying. Hell, the fewest guns were in evidence when I walked around the White House, the Capitol and Supreme Court. That city is an armed camp compared to free America.

    @mantis:

    Not to good in the logic department are you. It is a fact that fewer citizens with carry permits commit gun crimes than police.

    However, if you look at my statement:

    Lawful gun owners and those with carry permits in particular are far more law abiding and less violent than the populace in general.

    you will see that lawful gun owners being a group defined as those not prohibited and therefore by definition not felons or adjudicated mentally unstable or routine users of illegal drugs, etc, are more law abiding and less violent than the populace in general. The general population including the prohibited persons.

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  16. C. Clavin says:

    JKB…
    Why do you refuse to admit that you and the NRA are wrong about the hypocrite ad?
    Don’t just pretend you didn’t say it…if you cannot man-up and admit that you are full of shit…just STFU already.

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  17. C. Clavin says:

    The curse of people like JKB…dumb as a box of rocks…and too stupid to know it.

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  18. mantis says:

    @JKB:

    It is a fact that fewer citizens with carry permits commit gun crimes than police.

    Citizens with carry permits commit gun crimes less often than police officers? Where do you get this stuff?

    you will see that lawful gun owners being a group defined as those not prohibited and therefore by definition not felons or adjudicated mentally unstable or routine users of illegal drugs, etc, are more law abiding and less violent than the populace in general. The general population including the prohibited persons.

    How convenient. You say “lawful gun owners” commit fewer gun crimes (with no citation or reference to any data supporting this assertion), but then reveal that you don’t count any “lawful gun owners” who commit crimes, meaning as soon as a “lawful gun owner” murders someone, he becomes a criminal and no longer a member of the “lawful gun owners” club. Gee, those “lawful gun owners” have never broken a single law! Perfect citizens, each and every one!

    Don’t talk to me about logic. You don’t even understand what the term means.

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  19. Rafer Janders says:

    @JKB:

    you will see that lawful gun owners being a group defined as those not prohibited and therefore by definition not felons or adjudicated mentally unstable or routine users of illegal drugs, etc, are more law abiding and less violent than the populace in general.

    So you have just made the briliant point that a group of people who have volunteered to undergo a background check by the police and who are not felons commit less crimes than the general population, which includes felons. Congratulations for stating the bleeding obvious.

    In other news, unmarried Catholic priests commit adultery at a rate far, far below the general population, and gay men are far less likely than straight men to have had a sex partner who has had an abortion.

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  20. stonetools says:

    @C. Clavin:

    Once again, it seems, you are full of shit.
    As is the NRA.

    You need to make that a macro.

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  21. legion says:

    If he keeps talking like this, Christie might just “character” himself right out of the GOP… The question is: do we want him on our side?

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  22. matt says:

    @mantis:

    In fact, I believe the NRA is actively trying to get its members to attempt assassination of the president and his family.

    You really seriously believe that?

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  23. al-Ameda says:

    This just more from the “why is Christie a Republican” file.

    I know that the governor has other more traditionally Republican. views but really, he has no place in today’s GOP.

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  24. bill says:

    @C. Clavin: speaking of which, clueless joe’s at it again!

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