Cory Booker is no stranger to the woes of urban America. He’s been the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, since 2006 and is presently serving his second term as mayor. The city was riddled with crime when he assumed office and under his watch, crime has significantly declined. It was made clear how much he cared about the residents of his city when a woman’s 65-year old father was attempting to shovel his snow and needed someone to come out and help. Booker told her he would come out himself. He was there in 20 minutes and shoveled the man’s driveway along with other constituents. Now, in another effort to protect his city’s residents, he wants people from other cities to continue to catch hell if they walk into his state with concealed weapons.
According to the Huffington Post, Congress has been presented with the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act and it would mean that someone traveling from a state where they have the right to carry a concealed weapon would come into a state and be protected by the laws of their state in a state that does not allow the carrying of concealed weapons. Booker believes that the proposed law is “insane” and he is rallying the troops that support him.
Booker belongs to the coalition called “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” and released a message to the U.S. Congress yesterday to hopefully persuade most to see how ridiculous this would be for not only his city, but cities across the nation. The word “reciprocity” is not a good word to use in the name of the Act because no one gets anything out of it, but the person who comes from the state where gun slingin’ is legal.
Check out the full story here and Cory Booker’s message to Congress below.