|Did anyone go to work today? This is Summit Avenue in Hackensack at about 8:15 this morning, usually the height of the rush hour.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
A 29-year-old mother of four died in a Walmart when her 2-year-old son reached into her purse "and her concealed gun fired," The Record reports today.
You'd think this story -- not just a brief -- would appear on Page 1.
But it got pushed aside by dry "process" stories -- one on the Affordable Care Act and the other on Democrats launching a futile attempt to override Governor Christie's Port Authority veto (A-1).
As it is, The Associated Press story on the mother's accidental death raises more questions than it answers, much like the stories edited by the paper's local assignment desk.
The story doesn't identify the woman, but says she "had a concealed weapons permit."
So, this another case of the so-called right of citizens to bear arms ending an innocent life.
What a great country. We have so many freedoms, including the right to die by gunshot.
More gun deaths
Just below that story, another Associated Press report says the number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56% this year (A-3).
That included 15 ambush deaths, including the fatal Dec. 20 attacks on two police officers in Brooklyn.
A-2 carries another embarrassing correction -- a name was misspelled in a story on the retirement of a Clifton deputy fire chief.
On A-8 today, an editorial urges the state Legislature to override Christie's veto of Port Authority reforms, but notes lawmakers have "failed to override a single Christie veto" since 2010.
What The Record has never reported in its overwhelmingly favorable coverage of the GOP bully -- including endless portrayals of him as a compromiser -- is whether he has set a record for vetoes by a New Jersey governor.
In a letter to the editor on A-8, Ted Noble of Wayne says there is enough evidence "to indict Christie for mismanagement of New Jersey."
Of all the 2014 local deaths recognized on Page 1 and the Local front today, the murder of a 14-year-old Paterson teen was among the most unjust.
Nazerah Bugg, an aspiring basketball player, was shot and killed on a street corner on Sept. 20, the victim of gang gunfire (L-1).
Her death followed the July murder of Genesis Rincon, 12, as she was riding her bike to a grocery store in Paterson.
Paterson police laid off 125 officers after Christie cut state aid to the impoverished city in 2011.
The Record has reported "mismanagement of the city budget" contributed to those personnel cuts.