It was an extremely emotional day in Trenton as the parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre were in town to push for tougher gun legislation in the Garden State.
Tears were shed from some tough legislators, including Senate President Sweeney and Senator Loretta Weinberg, at the Trenton State Capital as parents spoke about their tragic loses. Organizers gathered to push the passage of new gun laws that would limit the size of gun clips to 10 rounds down from the current 15 allowed in New Jersey.
“If it prevents one child or one person from losing their life we should do it. So I’m proud to be standing here today supporting this, thank you,” an emotional Sweeney said.
The families shared their stories of why this law may have saved their children’s lives and why it could help save lives in the future. Many made the argument that this new regulation is simply just common sense.
Nicole Hockley who lost her son during the Sandy Hook tragedy took to the podium to make her plea for this new legislation.
“He shot 154 bullets and killed 26 women and children. Five of those bullets hit my son and in an instant my precious boy was gone. By the time it took the shooter to reload, 11 children had the opportunity to escape,” she said.
Interestingly, both Governor Christie and Senate President Sweeney opposed this bill last session but Sweeney changed his mind after speaking to these families and doing some deeper analysis into the pros and cons of such a bill.
On the other hand, gun advocates say that this is just more useless legislation that will only punish law abiding citizens trying to protect their families.
New Jersey already has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation but the passionate pleas from those who lost loved ones showed that the battle for even more restrictions rages on.Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!