Sunday, April 14, 2013
A coalition of groups gathered Saturday to support the Constitution and individual rights. But it wasn't just about the Second Amendment, they said.
If you were driving down Amboy Avenue Saturday morning, you might've come across a group of protesters, hoisting signs and waving flags, and wondered what they were about. The casual protest was a coalition of patriotic and Constitutional groups, mostly there to commemorate April 15, the day tax returns are due to the Internal Revenue Service. They weren't there to fight against gun control bills floating around in Congress, members said, but proponents of tightening laws against guns and gun ownership in the wake of December's school shootings in Connecticut seemed to insist they were. So explained Gary Charwin, a leader of the Tea Party of Middlesex County, who said he was in Woodbridge to stand up for Constitutional rights. The Tea …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Buybacks take thousands of guns off New Jersey streets, but critics argue the millions spent on programs could be put to better use.
State officials, with the help of local authorities, have been conducting a gun buyback campaign in several New Jersey cities, an effort to reduce gun-related crimes that they say was planned before the Newtown, CT, shooting. Since December, the state has spent $1.2 million on five buybacks. They’ve collected a record haul of more than 9,000 firearms, including rocket launchers, assault weapons, and submachine guns. No one seems to dispute that it's good idea to get those items off the street. But some question whether the effort is truly effective or worth the cost. Critics like Jon Vernick, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University who has co-authored two studies on the question, say there is no evidence that buybacks reduce gun violence …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Gun owners and those seeking stronger gun control legislation voiced their opinions.
NJ Residents for Action Against Gun Violence were joined by vocal gun advocates outside Congress Leonard Lance's Westfield office last week. The grassroots group, organized by Westfield resident Karen Egert following the shooting massacre at the Newtown, Conn.'s Sandy Hook elementary school, demonstrated to show their support for "common sense gun laws." Their mission includes the following: But gun proponent Greg Ziolkowski Sr. of Metuchen, who was joined by a large crowd of gun owners and advocates, said "it's not about guns, it's about liberty." "This is about protecting and defending the individual rights that have been handed down to us that we want to hand down to future generations," he said. Kim Molinelli of Colonia stood …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of New Jersey residents want stricter laws when it comes gun control in the state.
Saturday, February 2
New Jersey and Americans throughout the county appear to be in favor of stricter gun control regulations, according to recent polls. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of New Jersey residents want stricter gun laws when it comes to state regulation, compared to 8 percent calling for less gun control. The poll also found that: The Quinnipiac poll was conducted between Jan. 15 to 21 and surveyed 1,647 registered voters. However, when it came to what New Jersey residents believed were the most pressing problems facing the state, gun control ranked near the bottom. The economy received the top votes in that category, according to the poll. While New Jersey may have some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Democrats, gun control advocates criticize Christie’s inaction compared to Obama, Cuomo.
Gov. Chris Christie took a middle road on gun control yesterday that continued his reelection makeover as an apostle of bipartisanship who is “above politics,” as a reasonable alternative to the Republican Right, and as a forceful but compassionate leader willing to take on the powers that be even within his own party. One day after President Obama called for a national ban on military-style assault weapons that contain magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition and universal background checks for gun purchasers, Christie unveiled what he calls his antiviolence strategy. Noting that New Jersey’s gun laws are the second most restrictive in the nation, after California, Christie said he is creating a bipartisan task force to study the …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
NJ SAFE will analyze data from numerous sources to provide recommendations on issues like gun control.
In an effort to address and understand the root causes of violent crimes, and in response to President Barack Obama's recent proposed assault weapon ban, Gov. Chris Christie announced the development of a new task force Thursday afternoon called the NJ SAFE Task Force. By creating NJ SAFE, Christie said he hopes to take a comprehensive look at where gun control, addiction, mental health, and school safety in New Jersey intersect. While the state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, Christie said his hope is that the task force will focus on real, common sense measures that could be appropriate for New Jersey moving forward. The bipartisan task force is comprised of six members and is being co-chaired by two former New Jersey …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
President and founder of Safe School Technologies presents the latest in a series of articles on gun laws.
Thursday, January 17
Editor's Note: The following article was submitted by Robert V. Tessaro, who spent five years in Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. After a week of silence following the tragic massacre in Newtown, CT, National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre hosted a press conference to outline their solution to gun violence in our schools. Predictably, the NRA blamed the media, the entertainment industry, video game makers, gun-free school zones, mental health providers, hurricanes … just about everything but the lax gun laws in the United States that they have fought to weaken. According to them, there is no need to require background checks on all firearm sales (bad guys will get the guns anyway…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
“Project Safe Surrender” allows public to safely turn in unwanted firearms.
South Brunswick Police are launching a program to educate residents on the procedure for safely turning in an unwanted firearm. While the department has previously accepted unwanted guns from the community, the issue was brought to the Township Council last week in response to concerns about safety in the community. “Project Safe Surrender” was announced by the department this week in hopes of raising awareness for the correct procedure to turn in firearms. "We have always accepted firearms that residents wanted to surrender," said Chief Raymond Hayducka. "This project is to let all the public know how they can safely turn in unwanted firearms." At last week's Township Council meeting, former Councilman John O'Sullivan asked the council …
Mayors Against Illegal Guns gathered for a press conference Monday morning to tell legislators, enough is enough
From Vermont to New Mexico, members of the 800-strong Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition of elected officials gathered to voice their frustration to Washington and push legislators to support laws that ban violent assault weapons, makes gun trafficking a federal crime and increases the background checks on potential gun owners. "It has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, it's about gun violence," said former N.J. Gov. Jim Florio, who joined the group of local legislative leaders and law enforcement officials. Florio took much of the credit for getting tough with N.J. gun laws in the 1990s. "We formulated this issue in terms of whether the people in the state thought it was in the public interest to have more access to Uzi's and AK…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Vice President has been meeting with parties on both sides of the gun control debate, as well as mental health advocates, as he crafts proposals in response to the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting. And the NRA responds.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce sweeping policy changes to gun laws and mental health care on Tuesday, two weeks earlier than expected. The recommendations, at the request of President Barack Obama, are a response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the life of 20 first-graders and six educators. According to a report by the Huffington Post, Biden's proposals are likely to address the availability and access to certain types of guns and ammunition, and tackle the issue of data collection and background checks. While Connecticut State Police continue their investigation into the Newtown shooting, authorities have identified a 20-year-old man, Adam Lanza, as the shooter. Police said …