Peace group calls for "common sense" steps to stem gun violence
By Minhaj Hassan | September 4th, 2012 - 1:02pm
| More

TRENTON - After the shooting last week at an Old Bridge, Middlesex County, supermarket that took the lives of three people, the group Ceasefire New Jersey called on citizens and lawmakers both on the state and federal level to support “common sense” steps to reduce gun violence.

Among the steps the federal government could take, according to Nicola Bocour, project director of Coalition for Peace Action, CNJ’s umbrella group, include:

*reinstating the federal assault weapons ban which had succumbed to a sunset provision in 2004;

*closing the so-called “gun show loophole,” which allows purchasers to obtain guns mostly before a full background check is conducted;

*improving regulation of online ammunition sales.

“Senseless rampage of gun violence has taken too many lives,” said the Rev. Robert Moore, the coalition’s executive director, during a press conference at the Statehouse Annex.

He said more than 80 people die each day from gun violence.

“This cannot be tolerated,” he said. “Many of these deaths could be prevented.”

Bocour said that while New Jersey has the second strongest gun laws in the nation, including a 1991 state law banning the purchase of assault weapons,  many states don’t have laws that are as strict. Thus the trafficking of guns across state lines allows the violence to take place virtually anywhere, including the Pathmark shooting, advocates said.  

Officials said since the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, 63 more mass shootings have taken place, including a shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Katherine Best of Sen. Bob Menendez' office also called for full background checks with no loopholes.

“This is a conversation we need to have now, not later," she said.

Irene Etkin, who read a statement from U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, (D-N.J.), said the shooting demonstrates the need for better mental health care, education and stronger gun control laws.

The Back Room

Newark state correction officer sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

A former senior state correction officer from Newark was sentenced to prison today for trafficking 22 kilograms of cocaine from Texas to New Jersey, according to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 20th

Bergen County Exec's race: Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich sees Bridgegate investigations as potential election catalyst FORT LEE - Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich was the emcee of Tuesday's meet-and-greet event at the Richard A. Nest Adult Activity Center in his Bergen County borough, introducing U.S. Sen. Cory Booker...

Op-Ed

Simplify Pay-to-Play with one state law

By Jeff Brindle A lone PAC contribution to Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson’s campaign highlights the need for pay-to-play reform in New Jersey. During the recent mayoralty election in Trenton, newly elected Mayor Eric Jackson received an $8,200 campaign... Read More >

Contributors

(8-20-14) Can You Take the ‘Partisan’ out of ‘Partisan Politics’? - Redistricting will not take place for another seven years. Yet the debate has already... more »
    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

Poll

Which of these candidates does Gov. Chris Christie absolutely need to win?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources