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After Newtown, How Do You Feel About Gun Control?

Post-Newtown, many towns are passing resolutions supporting federal legislation regarding the banning of assault weapons. What's your position?

Post-Newtown, municipalities are passing resolutions supporting the banning of assault weapons and the sale of large-capacity magazines to private citizens.

With federal legislation on gun control pending, Fort Lee is unique in that it has a native who has spent much of his professional career immersed in gun control. Robert Tessaro, the nephew of former Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Tessaro and the son of former Municipal Court Judge Robert T. Tessaro, was among a group of Fort Lee High School students at the time who started a petition supporting the proposed ban on assault weapons.

Tessaro is now the president and founder of Safe School Technologies and a recognized expert on youth violence prevention. He is the former Director of Law Enforcement Relations for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and remains active with the Brady Center and promoting what he calls "sensible gun laws."

Tessaro is also the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers (NJASRO) and has served on the Firearms Committee for the International Association Chiefs of Police (IACP), which he called “the major police chiefs’ association in the United States.”

Shortly after the Newtown massacre, Tessaro told Patch that the dialogue “does seem different,” and that he’s “cautiously optimistic that something is going to get done” with regard to gun control.

According to Tessaro, states that have more guns have more gun crime. States that have more sensible gun laws on the books have less gun crime.

Even Mayors who support the Second Amendment's protection of a citizen's right to bear and keep arms, such as Mayor Ann Subrizi of New Milford, post Newtown are vocal about the banning of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines by private citizens.

Stressing that she is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Subrizi said that she can "no longer support the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines" to private citizens.

Do you support the banning of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to private citizens? Tell us in the comments.

Keith Jensen January 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Fast and Furious. This ugly Chapter remains open.Now, we have another sad story fueled further by the media. Piers Morgan says,"Obama should follow up by launching a Government buy-back for all existing assault weapons in circulation (as worked successfully in Los Angeles last week). I would go further, confiscating the rest and enforcing tough prison sentences on those who still insist on keeping one." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254758/Piers-Morgan-Deport-If-America-wont-change-crazy-gun-laws-I-deport-myself.html#ixzz2Ga0nzHo1 Shouldn't Piers first ask for accountability to the highest level of our own Government giving out free military grade assault weapons? When our President, who campaigned on 'transparency', will not allow a secure panel to review a government program of issuing guns, then we have a problem bigger than just simple gun control. http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/26/politics/pol-fast-furious/index.html 'Executive Privilege' is a term that is unsettling. Our own leader makes an example of this massacre, yet does not own a problem that his own administration allowed. Look at what one CIVILIAN grade weapon did in CT.Heartbreaking. Imagine what untold stories have taken place so far with the hundreds of MILITARY grade assault weapons that our own govt. put on the streets. I support transparency, even if its to a confidential Congressional investigation, but the press chooses to ignore this most egregious action of Fast and Furious.
Al Norton January 22, 2013 at 12:25 PM
The horror of Newtown will fade away,mass hysteria and politics will quell and guns and life will go on pretty much the same for mostly everyone. I will never forget meeting a little girl victim with her parents only a week or so before. For them and all the victims,life will never be the same. My hope is that they can find solace and peace.
The Thorn January 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Maybe Sandy Hook was a hoax to start this gun control BS.
Howard L. Pearl January 22, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Obviously, assault type weapons, with large magazines, are not necessary for hunting, although there are the few that abuse privilege, not exactly sportsmen. They are often used by owners for amusement. Rarely are they used for personal protection. Necessity of owning assault weapons for private citizens to protect themselves against government tyranny, virtually 0%. FYI: post Newtown massacre: Sales of AR-15 rifles went up; membership in NRA went up. Neanderthals rule.
M07042 January 22, 2013 at 01:35 PM
This is how I feel: http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2013/01/22/do-gun-control-laws-control-guns-n1493958/page/full/
Jim L January 22, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Assault Rifles (machine guns) are practically banned now and have not been used in any of the mass killings. What they want to ban are semi-automatc (one trigger pull, one shot) look alikes. Other proposals are mandatory mental health checks for all gun owners and State Police inspections of their homes. Not one proposal will deter criminals at all. "government tyranny, virtually 0%" I think not.
Rob January 22, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Since Newtown, more than 1,100 Americans, including another 20 young children and 61 teenagers, have been murdered with a firearm. If the averages hold true, in the 40 days since Newtown 2,120 Americans killed themselves with a gun, and 6,480 were shot and wounded, including 5 people who were injured during accidents at separate “Gun Appreciation Day” events this weekend. The latest mass killing came this weekend, when a 15-year-old killed five members of his family with an assault rifle in New Mexico. There was also a shooting at a high school in California, and 3 shootings on college campuses. It is easy to think of these as just statistics, but these are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and all too often, children. Gun violence is not going away, and neither should our outrage and calls that our elected officials do more to prevent it. The President has made it clear that he will take action to reduce gun violence. There is clearly a misunderstanding and/or complete disregard by those who are opposed to this as to what gun control actually is. It is not about taking away guns from hunters or even for home protection. It is about trying to keep them out of the hands of dangerous people. I do not understand why anyone would be against making it more difficult for criminals, the dangerously mentally ill, suspected terrorists, drug addicts, or domestic abusers from buying firearms without preventing law-abiding citizens from owning them.
Valery J Kulakov January 22, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Your tragedy in Newtown is our tragedy worldwide! How can one in Berlin, Germany practically help folks in Newtown? My name is Valery J Kulakov, Swedish, semi-retired, oline bookstore owner, residing in Berlin for 12 years. Back in Sweden, in 1990s our family helped special children in troubled families. Two "kids", two brothers we helped, are still very close to our family´s hearts and we stay in touch. Both approached me two years ago, on my short visit to Sweden, and asked: "Valery, how can we help children in trouble?" Did not know what to answer and started to sob. It was a question one is waiting for many years. In my case, it was 16 long years. So, I was sobbing and the only words which came out of my mouth were: "Get into parents shoes who have a trouble with children." This spring, when back to Sweden I will be able to tell both brothers much more. Please contact me on this matter at kulakov@russica-book-and-art.com Valery J Kulakov Nehringstr.4 140 59 BERLIN D E U T S C H L A N D Thank you very much for placing my email in proper section of your newsletter and kindly advise.
Suzanne Troya January 23, 2013 at 03:06 AM
I am in absolute support of our 2nd Amendment, but I'm also in absolute favor of a ban on military style assault weapons. This particular style rifle is intended for military combat, to kill many as quickly as possible. It's that simple folks. It's easy to get, easy to use, and it needs to be banned now. I would like to add that I am pleased in the towns decision to place armed officers in our school. I appreciate the bold movement by our officials to take this step in furthering the safety of our children.
Fred January 23, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Newton is unquestionably a tragedy. But one must accept in this life there are dangers. Leading causes of death can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm. Additionally, here is the FBI report of the different weapons used to commit homicide in the US in 2011 http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8 You may note that 323 people were killed by Rifles in 2011 (the “assault rifle” would be a subcategory of that). The people and the politicians should better understand the facts and history before they propose taking away what remaining freedoms people still enjoy (including the right defend oneself).
Fred January 23, 2013 at 07:02 PM
On the “assault rifle”, it is not a military weapon. While it fires a 223 round (a lower pressure than the military 5.56), the civilian rifles do not have the capability to fire other than in semi-automatic mode (one trigger pull, one round). The projectile is in fact quite small and is not appropriate for hunting other than varmint/coyote, etc. It is however used extensively by target shooters and sportsman (including competition) and is a great firearm to teach new shooters in that it has minimal recoil. If this weapon is outlawed, I see no reason why higher powered semi-automatic hunting rifles would also not be outlawed. Power of various weapons demonstrated in this video http://www.mediaite.com/tv/hannity-invites-world-champion-shooter-jessie-duff-to-debunk-gun-myths-on-fox-news/
William January 23, 2013 at 08:50 PM
None of the proposals for new gun control would or will prevent another Newtown. The proposals represent another in a series of incremental steps to disarm the population while criminal gangs will continue to provide black market, usually stolen, arms to street thugs. No one is asking why these events occur at schools or are perpetrated by students. Our social, family, cultural, & community relations, morality and ethics have become so corrupted as to give birth to degenerate, frustrated, angry, hate filled youths bent on causing as much emotional damage as possible before committing suicide. There also needs to be an investigation of the long & short term effects of psychiatric medications used to treat most of the mass shooters at some points in their lives. The very warning labeling on these meds cry out for detailed investigation.
William January 23, 2013 at 08:59 PM
The weapons referred to as "Assault" weapons are modern, semi-automatic rifles (one trigger pull, one shot), not military fully automatic weapons (machine guns). They are designed using modern materials, less wood (trees), to reduce weight while increasing durability. These weapons ARE used in multiple hunting contexts in various calibers and insure a quick, merciful kill of game; including various rodents, deer, caribou, moose, etc.
Iris Borman January 23, 2013 at 09:27 PM
The criminals are having the time of their pathetic lives. The more guns are banned the easier it will be for them to commit whatever crime they like. It is not law-abiding citizens that have committed these atrocities that have enraged all of us but we are the ones having to bear the brunt of the frustration of how to prevent these crimes. Putting in laws that will compromise the 2nd Amendment and our freedom I don't think is the right way of going about this. Perhaps if the laws can be structured in a way that will mandate that anyone that uses a gun in the commission of a crime will get a minimum mandatory 10 year jail sentence. I believe criminals will start to pay attention to this. In the same way that cars, guns, knives and hammers can be used to kill, they are only the instruments of a demented mind. Attention must be focused on treating the mentally ill before they hurt people.
Vince Gram January 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I want to know what Military Style firearms have to do with Newtown since No Rifle was used so why did the push to ban Military Style Firearms (Since Assault weapons is a Liberal Term and is just plain Stupid). They had NOTHING to do with Newtown or Houston so leave them alone - They shoot One Bullet at a time just life a regular rifle!! If you want to ban these weapons I suggest we ban all cars that can go over 60 in 5 seconds because I would consider that dangerous In Fact why does a car go over 60-70 miles per hour? To give the Local Gov't Money for Tickets! Why do they make cars to look different? What's the difference they are used for the same thing, to go point A to point B. So who cares which car you buy? Well that's the same thing with Rifles - They made some to LOOK like certain Military Weapons but THEY DON'T SHOOT LIKE THEM do you understand that!!! I am so tired of Ignorant people making stupid remarks when they don't have a clue what they are taking about!! Get over the talking Points!!! You show how stupid you are when that's all you can say on the subject!!
Steve Goldstein January 24, 2013 at 02:11 AM
I'm concerned about military assault weapons in the hands of private individuals, but find myself more concerned about mental illness and the need for restoration of something akin to old-style commitment, given the uniform mental health pattern exhibited by the perpetrators of these shootings.
Rob January 24, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Vince, even the most conservative of conservative media agree a Bushmaster AR 15 assault rifle was used to murder the children in Newtown You are spouting a gun nut conspiracy theory http://www.redstate.com/2012/12/27/setting-the-record-straight-adam-lanza-did-use-the-bushmaster-ar-15/ Further, you are clearly ignorant of how fast you can shoot an AR 15 with an extended magazine. Here is a 100 round dump on semi auto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxoy6q1oPh8 Here is a 100 round dump with a AR 15 with a perfectly legal slide stock. Technically bump firing is still semi-auto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1WhhKH3QVU&feature=pyv&ad=6832211627&kw=slidefire
Rob January 24, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Except state with more stringent gun control laws have less gun crime. If you make it more difficult for criminals to get guns, and protect the rights of law abiding citizens to own firearms, crime drops.
Rob January 24, 2013 at 07:03 PM
They are also used to murder a lot of people in very small amount of time.
Rob January 24, 2013 at 09:22 PM
BTW Vince, here is the official Connecticut State Police update on their web site from a few days ago clarifying that yes indeed the AR15 was used in the shooting and not in the car http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?Q=517284&A=4226

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