Monday, June 03, 2013

Finally, New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg Is Dead At The Age Of 89: Rot In Hell, You Gun-Grabbing SOB!

June 3rd, 2013 will go down as a glorious day for those of us who support the Second Amendment. After all these year, that worthless gun-grabbing SOB senator from New Jersey, Frank Lautenberg, has finally kicked the bucket! Oh, glory day! Lautenberg is survived by his wife, the former Bonnie Englebardt, whom he married in 2004; 4 children from his first marriage, to Lois Levenson, which ended in divorce in 1988: Nan Morgart, Ellen Lautenberg, Lisa Birer and Josh Lautenberg; 2 stepchildren, Danielle Englebardt and Lara Englebardt Metz; and 13 grandchildren. Being Jewish, he was active in a host of Jewish causes, to include serving on the board of the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Good media stories are published in the New York Times and CNN and the Washington Post.

Lautenberg had already decided not to run for re-election in 2014 after he found out in 2010 that he had stomach cancer. But the prognosis for his cancer was actually good, and late in 2010 was declared cancer-free. The actual cause of his demise at the age of 89 was complications of viral pneumonia. Lautenberg served in the U.S. Senate in two separate waves; from 1983 until 2003, then again from 2009 until the present. Lautenberg actually pushed a couple of bills with which I agreed; first, he authored legislation requiring that by 2012 all cargo destined for United States ports be screened for nuclear material, a requirement that both the Bush and the Obama administrations said could not be met; and second, he was a strong supporter of the newest version of the G.I. Bill enacted over Bush administration objections in 2008. His World War II service gave him a sense of empathy with veterans (he was the last surviving WWII veteran in Congress).

However, Lautenberg was better known as a gadfly who made life harder and more restrictive for many Americans. Among his more objectionable pieces of legislation:

-- In 1984, pushed through a provision to establish a national drinking age of 21, a measure that threatened to blackmail non-compliant states by cutting 10 percent of their federal highway money for refusal.

-- Pushed through legislation requiring states to designate 0.08 percent blood alcohol as the national standard level that would constitute being drunk, on pain of losing federal highway funds.

-- An ex-smoker, Lautenberg led a successful fight to ban smoking on all commercial airline flights in 1989. He later pursued legislation that prohibited smoking in federal buildings and in all federally financed places that serve children.

-- Pushed through legislation to give refugee status to people from historically-persecuted groups without requiring them to show that they had been singled out. This had led to homosexuals and HIV-positive immigrants being awarded refugee status -- as if we didn't already have enough of these groups of our own.

But Frank Lautenberg's most infamous piece of legislation, which cements his reputation as a penultimate gun-grabber, is what has become known as the Lautenberg Law. Officially known as the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, it was an amendment to the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 enacted by the 104th United States Congress in 1996, which bans access to firearms by people convicted of crimes of domestic violence. The primary objection to the law was that it was retroactive, meaning someone who had been convicted of domestic violence in the distant past could be banned from gun ownership. This created a problem for those in professions requiring access to firearms, such as military personnel, cops, and security guards. If they could not legally have access to firearms, they could lose their jobs. As a result, the law was initially overturned in a lower court in 1999 for being unconstitutional, but that case was reversed upon appeal in 2001. The U.S. Court of Appeals is untroubled by the ex post facto nature of the law.

It's because of this law that Frank Lautenberg can rot in hell. No one should lose a job over an issue in the distant past that has no bearing upon current job performance. The law should have grandfathered those previously convicted of domestic violence. I'm not the only one celebrating this SOB's death; people on The Blaze and Hot Air and Free Republic and Stormfront are high-fiving each other and styling and profiling. Oh, yeah!!!

Lautenberg was a Democrat. Governor Chris Christie, who is responsible for appointing a successor, can legally appoint a Republican if he wants to. Possible GOP appointees would include state Sens. Thomas Kean Jr. and Joe Kyrillos, a Christie ally who lost to Democrat Bob Menendez in the Senate race last year; Lt Gov. Kim Guadagno, and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick.

Rot in hell, you worthless gun-grabber!


  1. "an irrational opportunist, Lautenberg led New Jersey with little to no intellect until his death"

  2. It's time to celebrate. I know I will.

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