Christie dismisses talk of gun control as ‘grandstanding’

Just days after the shootings at a movie theater in Colorado, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says it’s not the time to be discussing tougher gun laws.

Christie says he’s disturbed some politicians are trying to score political points by what he calls “grandstanding” about gun laws in the aftermath of the Colorado tragedy which left 12 dead and 58 wounded.

“I feel awfully for those families, and this is just not the appropriate time to be grandstanding about gun laws,” Christie said Monday. “Can we at least get through the initial grief and tragedy for these families before we start making them political pawns?”

In response to questions from reporters, Christie says New Jersey doesn’t need more gun laws and should aggressively enforce the ones already on the books.

Senate President Steve Sweeney agrees, saying no law, no matter how tough, would be enough to stop a mad man.

“You can’t legislate enough to stop a mad man from doing what they do. It’s very rare where you can prevent someone from doing what they set out to do unless you have police protection all the time,” said Sweeney, D-Gloucester. “So to react and say let’s do more legislation, we don’t enforce the laws we have now.”

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