TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — The mass killing in San Bernardino, California has reignited the gun control debate. The New York Times upped the ante by publishing a front page editorial for the first time since 1920 where it calls for restricted access to military-style weapons. Now, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is speaking out.
“It’s typical liberal claptrap from the New York Times,” Christie said during an interview with John Dickerson for CBS’ Face the Nation.READ MORE: AIDS Walk Philly, Region's Largest HIV Awareness Event, Underway At Art Museum
Christie immediately dismissed the New York Times editorial that called it “a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency.” He also criticized President Obama and Democrats who he claims used the acts in San Bernardino to push for stricter gun laws.
“I don’t know what gun control laws are going to stop terrorists from attacking us,” the governor said.READ MORE: Religious Leaders Putting Faith Into Action To Stop Gun Violence In Philadelphia
Christie said the focus should be on expanding mental health services and government intelligence.
GOP hopefuls also spoke out against the paper’s editorial, saying the answer to mass killings is to allow more Americans to arm themselves.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Officer, Civilian Involved In Crash In Kingsessing, Police Say
According to the Washington Post, the number of guns in the United States exceeds the number of Americans.