Shaneen Allen, for those who missed her story last year, is a single mom from Pennsylvania who’d been robbed twice and went out to get a concealed carry permit, then made the mistake of going to New Jersey. She made the further mistake of being pulled over and volunteering that she had her carry pistol with her (which in about 30 other states would’ve been met with a shrug) and thus was arrested and charged with having a gun and ammunition, because the 2nd Amendment is null and void in New Jersey.
Now, 8 months later, Chris Christie has given her a pardon.
During that 8 months, she spent 40 days in jail unable to make bail, had to ask for all kinds of help with her kids, lost her job, and was facing felony charges not just for having a gun but for each round of ammunition. It took 8 months of nationwide support to get a woman who’s practically the poster girl for concealed carry “free”… and meanwhile she had 8 months of her life lost and destroyed due to New Jersey’s tyrannical rule.
There is no right to keep and bear arms in New Jersey.
Chris Christie waited 8 months until her case could be used as a way to skewer him nationally if he decided to make a presidential run. He has no concern for a good citizen who’s exercising their Constitutional rights, jumping through hoops to do so, and doing so in order to protect self and family, and nor do many of the people of his state.
Just for a reminder on where Chris Christie stands on guns… remember he campaigned on taking away citizens’ rights.
Just think of 8 months of waiting to see if you’ll go to prison as a felon for something that’s legal a few miles away, and legal across almost all of the US.
This was a political pardon. Good for her that Christie decided to run for president. Bad for us that he’s deciding to run. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed… doesn’t exactly jive with “you will go to prison in NJ for a felony first your gun that’s legal in your state and then for additional felonies for every round of ammunition and yet another felony because bearing arms is wholly illegal in NJ”.
Christie may be useful when he’s facing off against public sector unions, but that’s sort of like saying Stalin was useful when he fought against instead of with the Axis powers for a couple years.