Last updated on: 12/7/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert Menendez, JD Biography

Title:
US Senator (D-NY)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
Reasoning:

“One must ask, beyond the basic right to bear arms, why we need to legalize and make it easier to conceal them for those whose motives may not be pure to carry a weapon into a playground or a crowded stadium…

Do we want to set in motion a situation in already overarmed and overweaponized cities in which some of us for whatever reasons find it necessary to conceal a weapon from the rest of us and do it with the blessings of the federal government. Do we want to raise our children to believe that you have to carry a gun to protect yourself from people who may be carrying guns?…

Who do we really think will be carrying that Glock 39 into a playground or a stadium, a church, a synagogue, or a mosque? It will not be me, and certainly will not be Governor Corzine or any of my colleagues. It will not be anyone in this room. It may very well be the white supremacist who allegedly murdered three Pittsburgh police officers on his front porch with an AK-47. The suicide shooter who murdered ten in an Alabama rampage. The Minnesota man charged with murdering his wife. They were all concealed permit holders.”

“Menendez Speaks Against Concealed Gun Amendment at Press Conference,” menendez.senate.gov, July 21, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to gun control and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to gun control and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, US Senate (D-NJ), 2006-present
  • Chairman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, 2009-2011
  • Recipient, Hispanic Heritage Award, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, 2009
  • Recipient, Legislative Award, AFL-CIO, 2009
  • Recipient, Capitol Champion, National Stonewall Democrats, 2006
  • Representative, US House of Representatives, 1992-2005
  • State Senator, New Jersey Senate, 1991-1993
  • Assemblyman, New Jersey General Assembly, 1987-1991
  • Mayor, Union City, 1986-1992
  • Member, New Jersey Bar, 1980
  • Member, Union City Board of Education, 1974
Education:
  • JD, Rutgers School of Law, 1979
  • BA, Saint Peter’s College, 1976
Other:
  • Born on Jan. 1, 1954 in New York, NY
  • Grew up in Union City, NJ
  • Parents were immigrants
  • Catholic
  • Was a witness against corruption in Union City during a federal trial
  • Children are named Alicia and Robert
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?