Sandy Hook Parents To Chris Christie: Our Kids' Lives Are Not Trivial

Sandy Hook families were in New Jersey today to personally deliver to Governor Chris Christie a petition backed by over 55,000 supporters of A2006, legislation that would have reduced the permitted size of gun ammunition magazines in the state of New Jersey from 15 rounds down to 10. 

Immediately following the delivery, Governor Christie released a statement vetoing the bill as a “trivial approach to the sanctity of human life.”

Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, who both lost their first-grade sons in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, were in New Jersey today and released the following statement on behalf of Sandy Hook Promise:

"An hour after we visited Governor Christie's office today to present 55,000 petitions to support the magazine limit bill, in which we were told he was not available to meet us, Governor Christie issued a statement kicking the bill back to the legislature and removing the 10 round magazine limit. His refusal to meet with us is a cowardly political move, but his statement accusing us of "grandstanding" and furthering "empty rhetoric" is a blow to the memories of our children. Limiting the number of bullets loaded into a gun is not "trivial" -- we know that smaller magazines would have saved more lives at Sandy Hook Elementary, possibly even the lives of our own children. If Governor Christie truly wants to make meaningful reform, then focusing on what actually works would include the mental health reforms he proposes PLUS the limitation on high capacity magazines. That's just common sense. If Governor Christie wishes to dodge a true veto of this bill, then we respectfully ask that he does that by meeting with us and telling us to our faces that it wouldn't have protected our own children and won't save the lives of New Jersey children. We doubt he has the courage to face us."



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  • commented 2014-07-09 19:18:22 -0400
    I’m not a Christie fan, but I feel he made the right choice. When the bullets are limited to 10, the next step will be 5. And when limit is 5, the Bloomberg disciples will call for 1 and then none. You’re all being led down the garden path of a decades long campaign to incrementally strip of us of our right to defend ourselves. I’m a woman with an estranged boyfriend. I can not defend myself and my children without a firearm. Police can’t do anything unless the restraining order is violated. I cried for the children of Newtown, but please don’t chip away at my rights to defend family. I need a firearm to protect my own children and I don’t need anyone telling me how many bullets I can have to do it. I need as many as it takes to stop the threat. There are already plenty of laws to keep people from killing others. What are the chances that a deranged lunatic will be pulled over before reaching his target and arrested for having too many bullets in his mag. It’s absurdly low. While probably having good intentions, people who support these limits are only diminishing the right of people like me to protect myself.
    Please think this over before putting others in danger.
  • commented 2014-07-04 08:37:22 -0400
    He is a coward and a disgrace to NJ! He could never face you and tell you to your face because he has the NRA in his pocket to support his run for president. He will NEVER get elected because of his arrogance toward the public! God bless you and may your children continue to fly high and know that some of NJ residents support you!
  • commented 2014-07-04 02:34:22 -0400
    While its a tragedy what happened at Sandy Hook, your statement that “a change we know would have saved more lives at Sandy Hook Elementary” is completely baseless. So you’re telling me that if Adam Lanza had 10 – 15 round magazines vs. 15-10 round magazines that more lives would have been saved? I totally disagree.

    Why isnt anyone focusing on the mental disorders of these people who, in the case of Adam Lanza, committed a crime by stealing the guns and committing murder before driving to the Sandy Hook School.

    Dont blame people who support gun rights because they are probably people like your neighbor, real estate agent, dentist, Primary Care Physician, Accountant, Fire Fighter or one of a number honorable professions. They arent the people out committing these horrible acts. Its the 1% of people who, in a number of cases, illegally obtain these weapons that bad things happen.

    Lets at least try supporting further treatment for the mentally ill and see if it makes a difference. It’s a no loose scenario people!!!
  • commented 2014-07-03 23:32:31 -0400
    Once again, our governor shows his ugly side! A GIGANTIC BULLY!!!
  • commented 2014-07-03 18:29:55 -0400
    Much too busy closing bridges and “Dad Dancing” on Jimmy Fallon. Just another pathetic, GOP, NRA CONTROLLED excuse of a human being. Your children will never be forgotten. At least not by those of us in this nation and this world who have a heart and more importantly, a conscience.
  • commented 2014-07-03 09:43:24 -0400
    Governor Christie is an embarrassment to New Jersey. He believes that NRA stands for National Republican Association. To make such an appalling statement reveals his lack of understanding and reveals his self-centered focus on his aspirations for 2016. Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden are correct in stating they doubt he has the courage to face us."
  • commented 2014-07-03 04:08:05 -0400
    Your children are not forgotten by the people of NJ. He does not have the courage to meet with you.
  • commented 2014-07-03 00:50:34 -0400
    Christie is living with his head up his * he needs to come out and look at what the people want, hear them and support them. Shame on Christie!
  • commented 2014-07-03 00:01:10 -0400
    Thank you for trying. Your children are not trivial-our shithead governor useless.
  • commented 2014-07-02 22:58:08 -0400
    I have just lost every ounce of respect I ever had for Gov. Christie.
  • commented 2014-07-02 22:12:52 -0400
    Another embarrassment that he has inflicted on NJ. SHAME.
  • commented 2014-07-02 21:26:11 -0400
    Christie is a coward. His lack of compassion by not meeting with you speaks volumes about a man who is not of the people.

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