I found out that New Jersey doesn’t allow mere citizens to pump their own gas the hard way. I was on a college tour with my son, driving from Connecticut to D.C. on I-95 when the needle dipped below the 1/4 point somewhere in the Garden State across the river from New York City. When I got out of my car at the nearest filling station and moved toward the gas pump, I heard, “Don’t touch that!” I turned to see a big dude named Paulie or Vinnie or something like that heading my way. He made it abundantly clear, with characteristic east coast charm, that pumping gas was his job and that I should sit my ass back down in my car. What does this have to do with guns? . . .
There’s a movement afoot to end this jobs program, funded on the backs of New Jersey’s car owners via higher gas prices, and let people pump their own petrol.
And in promoting a bill that would allow just that, Garden State legislator Declan O’Scanlon had this to say:
…it shouldn’t be a criminal act to do in New Jersey what people are perfectly, safely and reasonably doing in 49 other states every single day.
We couldn’t agree more, Rep. O’Scanlon. But let’s not stop at filling your tank.
People in about 45 other states are walking around every day with guns on their hips. Exercising their constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and their loved ones. Those guns are used – even by the most conservative estimates – thousands of times a day to prevent crimes and protect them from grievous bodily harm. Or worse.
But not in New Jersey. Nope, America’s armpit is one of those few remaining dank corners of the anti-gun landscape where unless you work in security or demonstrate “an urgent necessity for carrying guns for self-protection,” you’re SOL RKBA-wise.
So here’s to Mrs. Scanlon’s son Declan. Let’s hope he succeeds in his quest to allow New Jerseyans to put a few gallons of regular into the Civic, unsupervised. From there, anything’s possible. Right?