Julian Castro Blames GOP for Gun Attack in Democrat-Controlled NJ

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaks at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and CNN’s presidential town hall focused on LGBTQ issues on October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. It is the first Presidential event …
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Even as a gun battle raged between police and two suspects in Jersey City, Democrat presidential hopeful Julian Castro blamed Republicans for gun violence in Democrat-controlled New Jersey.

Breitbart News reported that a New Jersey officer was shot by a gunman, or gunmen, when shots rang out in a cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect(s) then fled to a nearby bodega, and shots continued to be directed at responding officers.  The New York Times reports that one officer was fatally wounded in the incident.

Witnessed reportedly heard a flurry of gunfire.

Democrat presidential hopeful Castro responded to the incident by tweeting, “Don’t let anyone tell you this is normal. The gun lobby has bought Republican silence on gun violence—but they won’t buy ours. Our thoughts are with Jersey City today, but so should our perseverance to act”:

Castro did not mention that New Jersey is a Democrat controlled state, nor did he mention that it has more gun control than nearly any other state in the Union.

NJ.com reports that New Jersey has the second most stringent gun control laws of any state. Those laws include an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, and a ban on bump stocks and “ghost guns.” New Jersey also has universal background checks, requires would-be gun owners to get a firearm purchaser ID card before buying a long gun, and requires a separate ID card for buying a handgun. The state requires possession of a firearm purchaser ID card in order to buy ammunition as well. 

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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