Local Mayor Criticizes Group For Gun Giveaway PR Stunt

STATE – A local mayor is criticizing a group that is sponsoring a contest to win a free firearm to get people to lobby Gov. Chris Christie to veto a series of pending gun control bills.

“Seven months and 10 days after the Newton, Conn. massacre that resulted in the murder of 20 children and seven adults, a callous activist is handing out guns to whomever urges the Governor to veto sensible gun control legislation,” Roselle Mayor Jamel C. Holley said. “As a mayor of a community committed to public safety, and as an outspoken member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, I find this to be a reckless stunt, insensitive to those fighting to keep our children safe. For the sake of countless New Jerseyans working to take guns off our streets, as well as basic decency, I urge the perpetrators of this PR stunt to cease immediately.”

The New Jersey Second Amendment Society  is promoting the Stop The Gun Control Madness Gun Giveaway, which offers three potential prizes: a Kahr PM9 handgun and Comp-Tac holster, a Sig Sauer M400 Enhanced rifle & Aimpoint H-1 optic, or a Benelli Super Black Eagle II shotgun. To enter, people need to send a letter to Christie encouraging the governor to veto gun control bills passed by the Legislature before its summer recess.

(This article has been updated from an earlier version.) 


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18 comments for “Local Mayor Criticizes Group For Gun Giveaway PR Stunt

  1. Raconteur Duck
    July 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    That a large number of MAIG mayors are being indicted and convicted of crimes, it makes one wonder when Mayor Holley is going to be arrested. A more appropriate name would be Illegal Mayors Against Guns!

  2. D B
    July 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Mayor Jamel C. Holley, you know that KKK, Hitler, Stalin and Mao are/were for gun control too.

    WOW, you are in SUCH A GREAT company there.. YOU must be proud of yourself!

    How’s your armed body guarded, gated-community house feels like, ha?

  3. D B
    July 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

    so Mayor is equating Newtown psycho with regular gun owners.

    He is equating having a gun with violence. There is NO LOGIC in his thinking and the only PR stunt is his negative comment.

    So a civil right equals to a bad thing, ha?

    • 277Volt
      August 1, 2013 at 1:19 am

      It’s a cheap and easy accusation that works wonders on folks that don’t like guns and unfortunately don’t have the inquisitiveness to the issue further.

  4. wonky
    July 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

    They are using a banned assault rifle to get out of state residents to cal the governor. More example of how extreme the gun lobby has become.

    • 277Volt
      August 1, 2013 at 2:04 am

      How extreme is it to speak out against a type of firearm that is used in less than (as per the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report) 1% of gun deaths? Have you ever looked at that report?

      Next, what do you see as the “gun lobby”? Have you considered that it comprises 5 million everyday folks giving $35 a year to the NRA? How about the additional several million giving dues to the SAF, GOA and the CCRKBA? Everyday folks giving a few bucks to a cause they believe in is not a faceless or extreme “lobby” so if you want to label eight or nine million folks as “extremist” then power to you.

      At least 40% of our nation owns guns and aim to keep them. Gun owners outspend you and beat your pants off when it comes to activism so quit being a sore loser.

      • wonky
        August 1, 2013 at 9:02 am

        First off, that is bunch of gun lobby baloney. Assault weapons include rifles, pistols and shotguns. They do not keep records on specific models in the UCR, just if it is a handgun shotgun or pistol, so there is no actual indication of how often they are used. When they are used in mass shooting we do know they are far more deadly.

        Next as far the NRA “members” they have never actual proven their membership numbers. They claim they increased by nearly 25% in the few months after the Newtown shooting, and I think that is clearly bull crap.They started counting all sorts of people as “members” who never paid the $35 to artificially inflate their ranks. The leadership is a disgusting bunch of fear mongering, hateful human beings.

        And by the way, if there are 300-400 million guns in the US, then they only represent a fraction of gun owners.

      • 277Volt
        August 3, 2013 at 12:12 am

        So in wonky’s world what is the “gun lobby”? Specifics please.

        Maybe wonky needs to realize that in the UCR the scary assault rifles are included in the “rifle” category and as such are only a percentage of said category.

        In wonky’s world what is the criteria for a weapon to garner the “assault” moniker? Specifics please.

        In wonky’s world, despite all major media outlets confirming the current NRA membership at 5 million with one million of those being in the last year and a half, who has the truth except wonky?

        In wonkey’s world does the 2011 Gallup poll showing 47% of U.S. households owning guns hold any water?

  5. Wfeather1942
    July 26, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Aw, poor widdle Nazi mayor upset about someone exercising their rights, heres a solution, pop a cyanide capsule in your mouth, bite down, have your assistant put a bullet behind your ear, then have them burn your body, such a fitting end!

  6. 277Volt
    July 26, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Whoever wins this rifle will go through a federal background check to take possession and it will therefore be a completely LEGAL GUN so why is the Mayors Against ILLEGAL Guns even concerned with this?

    The simple answer is they don’t like the idea of anyone having a gun in which case they just should cut the bull and call themselves Mayors Against Any Guns.

  7. Shawn T. Moore
    July 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    So is it being fixed? That’s what I explained to you on the phone. Now you can see it.

  8. Jackmeirod
    July 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    This is a lie, plain and simple. There is a NJ compliant version of the Sig Sauer rifle that has a fixed stock and comes with a 10 round magazine. Please print a retraction and a correction.

    • CMDMedia
      July 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      The specific version of the rifle offered in the contest – the Sig Sauer M400 Enhanced– is listed on the gunmaker’s website with a 30 round magazine capacity. Sig Sauer does offer another version, the M400 Hunter rifle that has a 10 round magazine.

      • Jackmeirod
        July 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

        You are WRONG. Please go to the sig sauer website and click on the M400 Enhanced (not Hunter) link. Then look at the gun specifications. You will see that the last two line items state that California, Massachusetts, Connecticut AND NJ compliant models are available. Dealers in NJ already sell this exact rifle, in its NJ compliant form. Here is the link to the Sig Sauer website: http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDetails/sigm400-enhanced.aspx
        So, CMDMedia made a mistake. I will assume you did this out of ignorance and sloppy fact checking. If anything this demonstrates just how ridiculous NJ gun laws are, and how easy it would be for an innocent and unsuspecting gun buyer in NJ to run afoul of the law and face up to 7 years in States Prison.

      • July 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

        Thank you for pointing that out.

      • CMDMedia
        July 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

        Thank you for pointing that out.

      • Jackmeirod
        July 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

        Thank you for acknowledging that. Gun owners, including myself, are not opposed to reasonable measures designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally ill people. However, many laws in NJ, such as the NJ “assault weapons” ban. go way beyond that goal and only serve to confuse and punish law abiding people. Your reporters may want look at NJ gun laws from that angle.

      • wonky
        July 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

        The compliant model is not what is being advertised. They are using a banned assault rifle in New Jersey (the enhanced model), and did not claim a compliant version would be available until after the article ran.

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