TRENTON – Following the emotional testimony by families from Newtown, Conn., where the school massacre took place last year, presumptive Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Barbara Buono, (D-18), of Metuchen said Tuesday she is shocked that people could still oppose limiting high-capacity magazines.
“I don’t know how anybody could walk out of the room like I just had and not comprehend it’s all about the bullets,” she said. “The larger number of bullets you have the more people die.”
Nonetheless, she stopped short of saying Senate President Steve Sweeney, (D-3), is wrong to not include in a gun legislation package a bill that would reduce magazine capacity from 15 bullets to 10. She is still hopeful minds can change.
“I’m not giving up. I’m not giving up. I know there’s a debate going on now and that’s part of the legislative process. It’s a very emotional debate… It doesn’t mean it’s over. I’d like to see the impact that today’s testimony on the people who were sitting at that hearing… I’m hoping that those who object to the high-capacity magazines being limited will change their minds.”
She said it clearly makes a difference to have fewer bullets given that a shooter will need to reload more often if the magazine holds a smaller number of bullets.
“Those are five additional lives that could have been saved,” she said.
While she said background checks for everyone is a key part of any common sense gun law, she reiterated, ” it’s all about the bullets.”
She said she would have to review the full gun legislation package before deciding whether she could presumably vote for one that lacked legislation for smaller magazines.