Let's just say that I didn't particularly like the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and the policies he pushed. That said, I've tried to avoid posting about his death as I didn't want to be seen as dancing on his grave.
I received an email this afternoon that I found crass, insensitive, and ghoulish. It was sent by the "sainted" Gabby Giffords and her AR-buying hypocrite of a husband Mark Kelly. The letter (see below) asks that Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) appoint a gun prohibitionist to replace Lautenberg and concludes with a request for a contribution.
For God's sake, Lautenberg's corpse has barely begun to relax from rigor mortis and they are using it for political purposes. They really have no shame.
Frank Lautenberg spent a career working tirelessly to reduce gun violence in our country.
He authored important legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, and one of the final votes he cast was in support of expanded background checks. He was wheeled down to the floor for that vote, as his colleagues applauded his determination.
Senator Lautenberg cannot be replaced. However, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie must now select a successor. And he should pick one who supports expanding background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the deranged.
Earlier this year, a Quinnipiac University poll found that ninety-six percent of New Jersey residents support expanding background checks, including ninety-five percent of gun owners.
These are staggering numbers, and Governor Christie should consider the will of New Jersey voters while making his selection.
Sign our petition calling on Governor Christie to honor Senator Lautenberg's legacy and select a successor who will vote 'YES' to expand background checks for gun purchases.
As we move closer to a second vote on background checks, this decision could make the difference between passing background checks, or another crushing defeat.
That's why your signature is so important. We'll make sure Governor Christie receives it.
All the best,
Gabby and Mark